The Free Radio Alliance is a consortium of nearly 1,500 US-based radio stations and broadcast organizations. This morning, they issued this statement to Digital Music News.
It’s increasingly clear that the big music labels have launched a war on free music. Local radio stations are only one target. For years, the labels have been pushing Congress to levy yet another fee on radio stations when they play music for listeners – free of charge.
Now, the record labels’ emerging plans with Apple to make less music available for free are becoming more obvious.
Peter Kafka’s article is on point: ‘Big Music Labels Want to Make Free Music Hard to Get and Apple Says They’re Right.’ The record labels, Apple and others are lining up behind Eddy Cue and Beats Music founder Jimmy Iovine, who so aptly said the music industry should ‘get behind a paywall.’
In a world where music will cost more and more, radio stands out as the place where consumers can still get the best of music without paying a penny.
The Free Radio Alliance is a coalition of people and organizations whose mission is to keep radio and other businesses that play recorded music strong for communities across the nation by opposing a performance tax. For more information, please visit www.freeradioalliance.org.