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Leveling The Playing Field With The Fair Play Fair Pay Act – hypebot



Fair play, fair pay.
It’s a
simple concept.  And we’re finally seeing it
applied in a comprehensive bill legislating pay
for music creators.


Guest Post by Daryl
of The Recording Academy
from GrammyPro.com

Monday representatives of The Recording Academy are
standing by in New York City as Congressman Jerrold
Nadler (D-NY)
, a longtime supporter of fair
compensation for music creators and the ranking Democratic
member of the House Judiciary Committee, introduces the
aptly named Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2015.
This new
legislation is the culmination of years of grassroots lobbying
by our membership on a slate of individual issues. It also is
the result of coordinated effort between The Recording Academy
– which first called for a comprehensive, united approach to
solving pay inequities for music professionals at GRAMMYs on
the Hill in 2014 – and other music stakeholders, including
SoundExchange, A2IM, the American Federation of Musicians,
SAG-AFTRA, the RIAA, and many others.

2595.5480-220As the only national membership
organization to represent all music creators, The Recording
Academy is particularly gratified by The Fair Play Fair Pay Act
because it addresses four previously separate parity issues
within one encompassing piece of legislation. First,
the bill would establish a process for setting
fair-market royalty rates;
create a performance right
for artists on terrestrial radio; close the pre-1972 loophole
to see that veteran performers receive royalties; and codify
royalty payments to music producers for the first time. This
bill levels the playing field so that creators can get fair

The timing of this bill introduction couldn’t be better.
Just two days after Fair Play Fair Pay is unveiled, members of
The Recording Academy from across the country will come
together in Washington this Wednesday, April 15, for the 2015
GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards, where Congressman Nadler will be
saluted for his dedication to championing rights for music
creators alongside another intellectual property rights
crusader on Capitol Hill, House Judiciary Committee Chairman
Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and an artist who has also championed
creators’ rights, Alicia Keys. And the day after that, 200
GRAMMY advocates from our 12 Chapters will converge on Capitol
Hill in more than 70 meetings to ask lawmakers to support the
Fair Play Fair Pay Act and other issues of importance to music

The Fair Play Fair Pay Act represents a welcome
approach to solving the disparate copyright and royalty
that have unfairly impacted music creators.
And it is thanks to the dedication of our 24,000-strong
membership, and the power of The Recording Academy’s grassroots
advocacy efforts, that real progress toward fair pay for all
music creators will be made. 


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