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Congressman Jerry Nadler Talks Terrestrial Radio Battle, and the Importance of Unity in the Music Industry

Postby MrFredPFL » Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:01 am

Story : https://variety.com/2019/biz/news/jerrold-nadler-terrestrial-radio-music-moderni





Congressman Jerrold Nadler may be in headlines in recent weeks as part of the impeachment proceedings against President Trump, but he’s also been a longtime advocate for creators’ rights in the music industry and played an enormous role in last year’s passage of the Music Modernization Act — which National Music Publishers’ Association president/CEO David Israelite called the “most important music legislation to happen in our lifetimes.” Nadler spoke with Israelite Thursday morning as part of a new lecture series at the music department of New York University’s Steinhardt School, which is named after legendary music publisher and producer Ralph Peer (who is prominently featured in Ken Burns’ recent docuseries on country music for being the first to record the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and many others).

While the impeachment proceedings were only mentioned peripherally, Nadler delved deep into issues with Israelite, most prominently the longstanding fact that unlike virtually every other country, terrestrial radio stations in the U.S. pay no performance royalties to labels or artists. That provision was originally expected to be a part of the MMA, but the parties were unable to achieve consensus and decided to fight that battle on another day.

When asked by Israelite whether anything has changed in the past year that has strengthened the industry’s position against National Association of Broadcasters, which has lobbied hard to maintain the status quo regarding performance royalties, Nadler sighed and said, “I don’t know. I certainly hope we can win this fight and it’s going to change, as terrestrial radio becomes relatively less important and streaming becomes more important, the question becomes the extent to which broadcasters will see their interest as less opposed to performance rights."

Reached by Variety, NAB EVP of Communications Dennis Wharton responded, “NAB continues to be open to discussions on the performance royalty issue that will grow music listenership to the benefit of artists and record labels while preserving the vibrancy of local radio. Unfortunately, our overtures to date have not been reciprocated by the music industry.”







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