- Posted by cba admin
- On September 21, 2015
We currently have 212 members of the House of Representatives signed on as a supporter of local radio and a co-sponsor of HCR 17. We still need at least 6 additional co-sponsors to achieve a majority of the House.
Today and tomorrow members of the House Judiciary Committee will be participating in a “Listening Tour” regarding our nation’s copyright laws, and specifically the performance tax issue. They are meeting with artists and record company executives in Nashville in the first of several planned discussions of performance tax and overall copyright reform. While not yet confirmed, it is expected that they will be meeting here in California at some point to get direct input from varied segments of the entertainment industry.
This is a great opportunity to reiterate your station’s strong opposition to a performance fee, or tax, imposed on local radio simply to line the pockets of the big, foreign-owned record labels.
Local stations provide immense promotion to artists. By sharing their music and interviews with our listeners, we help them sell music, concert tickets and merchandise. As a whole, the radio industry provides $2.4 billion annually to artists and labels in free promotion. And as a Nielsen study reaffirmed just last week, local radio is still the number one way listeners discover new music.
Please contact your Congressional Representatives and ask them to support local radio by signing on to HCR 17. If your representative is one of the 6 listed below who are already signed on in support, thank them for their stand with local radio.
Supporters of Local Radio:
Ken Calvert (R-42)
Doug LaMalfa (R-1)
Ed Royce (R-39)
Paul Cook (R-8)
Devin Nunes (R-22)
David Valadao (R-21)