US lobbying group the MIC Coalition has lost another of its founding members, after National Public Radio (NPR) pulled out just over a month after Amazon also left the group (Bulletin, 5-Jun-15). While NPR has yet to make an official statement, artist rights bodies MusicFirst and Content Creators Coalition have praised its decision.

“When Amazon took the lead and left this anti-artist coalition, after concluding the group was ‘consumed’ with lowering payments to musicians, MusicFirst called on NPR to leave as well, arguing that their association with them went against their strong record as both a partner to artists and a supporter of great music,” said MusicFirst’s executive director Ted Kalo. “Today, we applaud NPR for its willingness to listen and engage in a dialogue with musicians’ advocates.” Google, Pandora, iHeartMedia and the Consumer Electronics Association remain involved with the coalition.

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