The latest attempt to get terrestrial radio broadcasters in the US to start paying performance royalties to artists and labels has taken its next legislative step forward. The American Music Fairness Act was introduced into the House of Representatives last year, but now it has also been introduced into the US Senate. The overriding goal: to require large broadcasters to pay performance royalties for sound recordings, while launching a flat-fee system for smaller radio stations.
Senators Alex Padilla and Marsha Blackburn introduced the bipartisan bill in the Senate, with enthusiastic backing from entities including musicFirst, SoundExchange, the RIAA, A2IM and The Recording Academy. The bill is the same as the one introduced last year in the House of Representatives, which is currently working its way through a committee process there.
Both bills are being fiercely opposed by broadcasting-industry body the NAB, which is throwing its weight behind another proposed piece of legislation, the Local Radio Freedom Act, which would rule out performance royalties for radio spins.