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The bipartisan American Music Fairness Act (S. 4932) was introduced last week in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Alex Padilla of California and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee. The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) said its members are thrilled to see progress being made in the movement to finally pay musicians, singers and artists when their music is played on the radio.
Incredibly, the United States is the only nation besides North Korea and Iran that has no law requiring a broadcast performance royalty for sound recordings to be paid to artists, musicians and singers. The American Music Fairness Act is designed to remedy that and provide royalty payments to artists, session musicians and vocalists when their recordings are broadcast over AM and FM radio. Union members across the country are invited to join AFM’s campaign to help right this wrong and pass this legislation.