Representative Ted Deutch introduces a bill to give artists and musicians more negotiating rights with …
Representatives TED DEUTCH (D-FL), who previously co-sponsored the American Music Fairness Act to create a levy on the broadcasting of music on the radio, introduced another bill in favor of artists at HOUSE, the Protect Working Musicians Act. Its new legislation would allow artists and music creators to negotiate their own rates for the use of online music by major streaming platforms.
The bill, approved by the AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT MUSIC (A2IM) and the ARTIST RIGHTS ALLIANCE (ARA), would allow artists and musicians to come together to negotiate with streaming platforms, exempting them for this purpose from antitrust laws, and would allow artists and musicians to collectively refuse to license their music to “a dominant online music distribution platform that refuses to pay market value tariffs.”
âThrough the pandemic, streaming services have become even more essential, allowing us to enjoy the music we love, even when live performances have been closed,â DEUTCH said. âBut with the exponential increase in the market power of a few technology platforms, the voices of independent musicians are becoming harder and harder to hear. By allowing a more diverse choir of voices to negotiate fair terms and prices for their music, the Working Musicians Protection Act recognizes the fundamental value of music and gives working artists a chance. “
âThe Protect Working Musicians Act is crucial legislation to ensure the survival of independent music as distribution on dominant digital music platforms becomes all the more necessary,â said A2IM President / CEO Dr RICHARD JAMES BURGESS. âThe power imbalance must be addressed by CONGRESS so that independent creators and labels can unite to fight for fair compensation and against anti-competitive schemes that devalue music. Year after year, these platforms are increasing their profits and subscriber bases at astronomical rates as artists struggle, especially in the wake of the pandemic. We thank the DEUTCH representative for championing the principle that artists and creators deserve to make a living even if they are not a mega star or sign a major label.
âWe are very grateful to have a friend and supporter like Congressman DEUTCH,â said ROSANNE CASH, who is the co-chair of the ARTIST RIGHTS ALLIANCE. “His appreciation for music is evident and his commitment to all musicians gives me hope that we can create a fairer and stronger music economy that works for fans, services, artists and songwriters.”
âThe Protect Working Musicians Act is a huge step forward for independent artists and labels, whose livelihoods depend, at least in part, on the revenues generated by the world’s major streaming giants,â said JOHN MCCREA of CAKE, co-president of CASH at ARTIST. ALLIANCE OF RIGHTS. âWe need to level the playing field for them and increase their streaming payments. This bill accomplishes that and empowers them to take action using free market tools to ensure that all artists get fair market value for them. their work.”
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