An Indoor Rally: “Artists’ Pay For Radio Play”
presented by Content Creators Coalition-NYC
Tuesday February 25th 6-9 pm at Le Poisson Rouge
Patrons who have submitted an RSVP have priority, but does not guarantee entry. Please arrive early to ensure entry. Walk ups will be permitted to enter if space permits. This is a general admission, standing event. Happy hour from 6-7 pm including $3 beer and $5 well drinks.
If you can’t make the event, please sign and share our petition in support of Artists’ Pay For Radio Play. “If someone had done this for the musicians since the beginning of radio, we wouldn’t be fighting homelessness and eviction for hundreds of the very people who made us rich all these years with their music.”
-Wendy Oxenhorn, Executive Director, Jazz Foundation of America.
We need to pack the house that night and show Congress, the media, and ourselves that artists are ready, willing, and able to act to defend our rights, our livelihoods, and our art forms.
Artists including David Byrne, Mike Mills (REM) and Marilyn Carino (Mudville), John McCrea (CAKE), Tift Merritt, Jennifer Charles (Elysian Fields), Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Allen Toussaint, John Zorn, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall), and many, many more.
Steven Reker (People Get Ready) and Jason Moran (via video) will perform to highlight the issue. They will perform songs originally made famous by artists who were not the composers- and who therefore received nothing for radio play.
Speakers include Chris Ruen (author of “Freeloading”), Wendy Oxenhorn (Exec. Director, Jazz Foundation of America) and Rosanne Cash (by video).
Read the interview with Marc Ribot, Chris Ruen, John McCrea published by NEWSWEEK.
“…The issue of performance rights goes even further and beyond contracts. The United States is the only country that doesn’t respect what I call an inalienable right to be compensated when our product is being exploited….We got it [a performance royalty] in Canada, we need it here.”
-Tino Gagliardi, President of Local 802, American Federation of Musicians
“This isn’t only a pop issue: the long history of Jazz as an interpretive art form (“standards”) has also been the sad history of the non-payment of Jazz artists. ‘Body and Soul’ was recorded over 1800 times, and those recordings played on radio stations all over the world on stations making billions in advertising revenue every year: none of that radio play produced a penny for the US artists or musicians who performed the music. Multiply that by all the standards ever recorded, add it to the fact that most artists never ‘re-coup’ enough to receive artist royalties on record sales: and you begin to see why we need to change this situation now.”
-Marc Ribot, musician