Here's Dana Dowd's piece, and she explains it better than I.
Attention all Music, Film and Art lovers!!!!!
I often post about the current state of the music industry and decreased royalties, but I don't think everyone actually understands what is going on. So here is the skinny.
I love technology and do not think that YouTube, Spotify, Amazon Prime or any other streaming service is a bad thing; in fact I think they are a brilliant way to explore artistic options that we would not otherwise have access to.
What I think is bad is that our government was not prepared for these forms of technology, is not properly protecting music, film, art and copyright laws to ensure payment to the creators in the digital age.
But you all can help make a difference!!!!
There are three acts currently in Congress that were presented in 2014 and have not been passed because they were referred to the “Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet”
The Three Acts are called:
*The Fair Play Fair Pay Act
*The Allocation for Music Producer Act (also known as the AMP Act)
*The Songwriter Equity Act (also known as the SE ACT)
There are slews of Musicians, Songwriters, Producers and other creative people and organizations such as NARAS (The Grammy’s), BMI, ASCAP and others all rallying around these Acts, but to support Music as an Art Form we need the public’s help!!!!!
If these Acts are passed, it will set precedence amongst the artistic community and copyright laws in the US to support all Arts (Music, Film etc….) moving forward.
So what I ask of each of you today is to reach out to your Congressional leaders at the link provided or by Twitter or snail mail and let them know that you support ALL THREE of these Acts.
It will only take a few minutes of your time and will really help preserve the Arts for generations to come. #supportmusic
Please also feel free to share this, but make sure to share the entire post to include my thoughts, not just the link so that hopefully we can all make a difference!
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