Today's Date: April 14, 2021
Ralph Lauren Debuts Team USA’s Closing Ceremony Parade Uniform and Apparel Collection, Featuring First-To-Market Innovatio   •   Ledyard Financial Group Named One of the Top 25 Bank Boards for Women   •   Moe's Southwest Grill® Partners With Cameran Eubanks Wimberly To Launch National Kids Eat Free Program   •   Discovery Senior Living Begins National Efforts to Honor WWII Vets Through New Partnership With Dream Flights   •   Weedmaps Announces “Even Higher Together” Virtual 4/20 Event Featuring Snoop Dogg, A$AP Rocky, Jhené Aiko and   •   Dickinson College Announces 2021 Commencement Plans; Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to Deliver Address   •   Northwest Residents Say They Want to Switch to More Fuel-Efficient Vehicles, but Aren’t Quite Ready to Commit   •   Flagler Health+ and the link Announce Partnership   •   Cybersecurity and IT Consulting Firm SecureTech360 to Expand in Fairfax County, Create 10 New Jobs   •   American Eagle Outfitters’ Business Accelerates Across American Eagle and Aerie Brands; First Quarter Revenue On-Track to   •   Clark Atlanta University and the University of Liberia Host Virtual Signing Ceremony to Establish Partnership of Educational Adv   •   To Help Support the Struggle Against Addiction, Author Mike Fitzpatrick Publishes First in Fun, Zany, Fully Illustrated Children   •   Monument & Museum Honoring Women Veterans Coming to the Gulf Coast   •   Kia Sorento Named To Parents' List Of Best Family Cars 2021   •   The Equality Equation: Balancing the Effects of Systemic Racism in Baltimore   •   Lincoln Financial Network Launches African American Financial Professional Network   •   ASDSA Alerts Nation's Governors to New Trend in Anti-transgender Legislation   •   TRU Colors Announces Strategic Partnership With Molson Coors, Advancing Its Mission to End Street Violence and Unite Communities   •   The WNET Group to Celebrate Education Heroes at its Education Is Everything Virtual Gala   •   Morgan Stanley and Spelman College Announce Inaugural Class of HBCU Scholars Program
Bookmark and Share

Minority Churches Joins Growing Opposition To Performance Tax

 WASHINGTON - Opposition to the Performance Rights Act is reaching new heights, especially within the minority and religious broadcasting communities. Today the National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a coalition of 34,000 representing church- and minority-owned radio broadcasters, called on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to reject the Performance Rights Act, also known as the performance tax.

 

If passed, the performance tax would force local radio stations to pay the record labels an extra fee to play songs on the radio. NBCI explained, in terms of its membership, how the performance tax will make an already tenuous situation worse: “Only four percent of radio stations are owned by African-Americans, and this performance royalties act will make it even more difficult for minorities and minority churches to maintain their current stations and/or acquire broadcast properties in the future.”

The letter continues: “We cannot ignore the important role local radio plays in helping to shape the message to and image of the African-American community. If African-American radio ownership fails, then that voice is gone for good.”

Free Radio Alliance applauded NBCI’s letter and shares in the sentiments that the harmful effects of the performance tax on minority-owned radio stations far outweigh any perceived burden on record companies. Free Radio Alliance spokeswoman Peggy Binzel stated, “Local African-American and religious radio stations are already experiencing significant declining revenues. What good will it do record labels if there are no stations left to play their music? More importantly, what will happen to the people in those communities that rely on these stations for their news, information and ministry?” Binzel continued, “The African-American and religious community are already underrepresented on the airwaves. Under the record labels’ proposal, they could go from underrepresented to extinct. This is bad policy and the opposite of what we need to increase minority ownership and programming.”

The Free Radio Alliance is a coalition of people and more than 500 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 on the FRA, please visit www.freeradioalliance.org.

Free Radio Alliance
Kelsey, 202-448-5200
kelsey@freeradioalliance.org






Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News