Fair Pay for Air Play, Terrestrial Radio Performance Royalties for Musicians

In just about every other country in the world musicians are paid a performance royalty for terrestrial radio airplay. The United States is one of a few countries that does not, along with China, Iran and North Korea.

By trichordist



  1. While this argument has great weight and fairness philosophically, it’s an administrative nightmare. How on earth are you going to keep track of who played on what? Not all successful recordings were made by small groups. Should they have to pay record producers as well? If you want to pay George Harrison for a solo then you also have to pay each orchestra member on that date. What part of which penny goes to whom? Where would broadcasters send the money? If your answer is the label……well you know what will probably happen there. This is a dilemma. How do they do it in Europe?

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