Legislators Lining Up Against Performance Tax, More Needed

Members of Congress continue to line up against any move toward a performance tax by signing their names to the Local Radio Freedom Act (H.Con.Res.17/S.Con.Res.4).  Already it has attracted the bipartisan support of 147 Representatives and 11 Senators.  Still more are needed. 

Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, urged NRB members to act in support of this legislation.  “218 is one of the most important numbers in Congress.  It is the number of votes needed for a majority in the House of Representatives,” he said.  “We need to encourage a majority of Representatives to co-sponsor the Local Radio Freedom Act to keep the big record labels at bay in their ongoing crusade to impose a performance tax.”

NRB opposes a performance tax as a new and unwarranted burden on many Christian radio broadcasters.   In fact, in 2013, the NRB Board of Directors passed a Resolution to “urge Congress to resist any attempt to create a ‘music performance right’ that would impose a new copyright fee on radio stations that play over-the-air music.”

The National Association of Broadcasters has set up a helpful online tool for following who has signed on to the Local Radio Freedom Act and who still needs outreach.  In the last session of Congress, 233 Representatives put their public stamp of approval on this important legislation. 

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: March 27, 2015

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