What ever happened to the ‘Fair Play, Fair Pay’ Act?
In almost every country, performers get paid when their songs are played on terrestrial radio — but not in the United States. Many artists and industry professionals believe that musicians deserve to be compensated fairly for airplay, and last year, Representative Jerrold Nadler introduced the ‘Fair Play, Fair Act’ (H.R. 1733) into US Congress.
The bill would create a level playing field for radio, applying the same rules to terrestrial radio that Internet radio falls under while protecting small, local stations. At its core, the bill would ensure that creators get paid for their work.
The Fair Play, Fair Pay Act was made and designed to both create and establish a level performance royalty for all artists across different listening platforms. So, if an artist has a recorded song played on AM/FM Radio, satellite radio, or through a music streaming service online, they’d get paid the same.
In continuing with our partnership with Kill Rock Stars, Portia Sabin talks directly to the Congressman who introduced the bill, how it was made, and why it was made. She starts off the episode with a delicious red or green apple analogy, and asks what exactly would happen if we all decided that they were made free?
What about the people who plant and grow apples? Do they get paid?
Sabin then goes on to say that this may be exactly what’s going on in the streaming, radio, and satellite streaming world. Do artists get paid well? She then goes straight over to Ted Kalo of musicFIRST to talk about the (then) likelihood of the bill passing. Valerie Day from the band Nu Shooz also finishes up the hour speaking personally about how much she’s made from 30 years of U.S. radio play.
As we know now, the bill was first introduced back in April of 2015, but was then referred to the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet by the House Judiciary. The bill was eventually taken into what’s known as “Committee Consideration.”
Now, while this episode was recorded around the discussions of the bill last year, it’s still a goodie and very relevant today. You can go right ahead and check out the episode at the bottom.