Artist Blake Morgan is continuing his #IRespectMusic campaign in the US, with its latest focus being on persuading AM/FM radio stations to pay performance royalties to artists.

Ahead of a congressional hearing on music fairness, Morgan called yesterday for the bosses of iHeartMedia and Cumulus Media – two of the biggest radio conglomerates in the US – to meet him for discussions.

“Broadcasters – which generate billions of dollars in advertising revenue per year by playing our music on your radio stations – have never paid a penny to the artists who make your profits possible,” wrote Morgan in a letter accompanied by a petition signed by more than 14,000 people. “We’re writing to ask for your help to finally bring an end to this injustice.”

Morgan and his movement have swung behind the proposed American Music Fairness Act, unveiled last June including provisions to introduce performance royalties for traditional radio airplay.

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