AFTRA Broadcasters Support Public Performance Right for Recording Artists
Radio announcers, DJs, hosts, and broadcast journalists lined up in support of recording artists who are seeking compensation when their songs are played on the radio as the Broadcasters’ Caucus of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists unanimously adopted a statement of support for a public performance right in sound recordings:
“The members of the Broadcasters’ Caucus of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists vigorously support their fellow members who are recording artists and singers in the effort to extend a public performance right in sound recordings. Recording artists, singers and musicians deserve to be fairly compensated when the sound recordings they create are broadcast over the air on terrestrial radio.”
In considering the public performance right, more than 80 members of the AFTRA Broadcasters’ Caucus heard from legendary Motown recording artist Martha Reeves and top-rated radio DJ Dan Ingram—both AFTRA members—who explained why it’s fair that recording artists receive compensation when their performances are played on over-the-air radio.
Caucus members agreed that just as broadcasters get paid for work on radio, recording artists and singers should get paid when recordings receive airplay.
The Broadcasters’ Caucus adopted the statement of support at the AFTRA 70th Anniversary National Convention in Philadelphia last month.
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