House bill could kill music/radio stations


You read that correctly.

HR 848, known as the Performance Tax could jeopardize radio stations (smaller ones).  Was on my way home and heard on the radio (thought my ears were deceiving me).  The money generated from this tax would not be sunk into the local community but will be given to the already deep pockets of the record industry.  They would be receiving over 50% of the proceeds and seems like little will go to the actual artist.

How will the tax affect you:

  • Can reduce the variety of music radio stations play
  • May all but eliminate the possibility of new artists breaking onto the scene.
  • Could particularly affect smaller, minority-owned stations
  • Will affect your community. (Radio stations are major contributors to public service) They generate $6 billion in public service annually.  Radio stations provide important news and community information.  In addition our radio stations provide valuable free airtime to help your local charitable organizations.
  • And because of the tax, jobs could be at risk

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One thought on “House bill could kill music/radio stations

  1. How will the tax affect you (breaking away the myths)

    * Can reduce the variety of music radio stations play — this is a myth. Cable, satellite, and Internet radio all broadcast a far greater variety of music than the vast majority of terrestrial radio stations – and they all already pay a Performance Royalty – the same one that terrestrial does not pay.

    * May all but eliminate the possibility of new artists breaking onto the scene. — again, a myth. See above.

    * Could particularly affect smaller, minority-owned stations – nope – another myth. The performance royalty is capped so that small minority stations can afford it – it’s less than what small internet broadcasters are required to pay. And, public radio stations typically have umbrella deals via their association with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

    * Will affect your community. (Radio stations are major contributors to public service) They generate $6 billion in public service annually. Radio stations provide important news and community information. In addition our radio stations provide valuable free airtime to help your local charitable organizations. —– absolutely one of the biggest lies in this debate, and the biggest scare tactic being used … the fact is that MOST — MOST — radio stations no longer air local news. Public service is a legal requirement and mandate. The “free airtime to help your local charitable organizations” is done in the way of public service announcements. I could write an entire page on this subject – and maybe I will one of these days.

    NAB — stop crying!! Cable, satellite and Internet radio all have to pay — why not you?? Why is the United States one of only four major industrialized first world nations to NOT pay a performance royalty… the others are “communist” countries.

    * And because of the tax, jobs could be at risk First of all, it’s not a tax. Taxes go to support government. This is a fee that is paid directly to the performers on a recording, not to the government. Stop calling it a tax when it isn’t.

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