Gov’t Readies ‘Performance Rights Act’


The Government introduced legislation that would require all forms of broadcast, including satellite radio, internet webcasts and cable radio channels to pay recording royalties for copyright music.  Under the ‘Performance Rights Act’ instead of cutting a deal with seperate copyright/publishing houses the Government is working out a flat fee that will be paid annually.  Smaller commercial stations will pay $5,000 a year, non-commercial stations will pay $1,000 and talk radio will be exempt, as well as religious stations.  This gives pay to play a whole new meaning.  For more info on this story, click HERE.  

2 thoughts on “Gov’t Readies ‘Performance Rights Act’

  1. Thanks for the in-depth analysis. When you get some answers please share them with us so we can disperse them to the community. So what you’re saying is according to this legislation they will pay an annual premium fee across the board that will trickle down to all of the artists who get radio spins throughout the year, irregardless of how many spins they get?
    This doesn’t seem to benefit the artist at all, but please keep us abreast on these developments.

  2. “How much additional income will an artist actually receive?” is the unasked question is this proposed legislation.

    Out of the tens of thousands of recording artists who will conceivably be covered under the “Performance Rights Act” legislation, how can any artist expect to receive a fair share? As a radio station manager, I am asking for a closer look at the practicality of the Performance Rights Act, which will ultimately benefit the legal counsel and employees of the collection agency to a greater extent than it will any performing artist.

    If a country station is playing Sugarland and Big & Rich, their fees under the proposed law will still divided amongst unplayed artists like the Bellamy Brothers and Tammy Wynette.

    If the law passes, we will make every attempt to negotiate individual fees with artists we actually play. That would provide a fair share, and offer radio the opportunity to work out a “willing buyer, willing seller” agreement both parties could live with.

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