|For Immediate Release
April 13, 2015
Manassas, VA – The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), America’s preeminent association of Christian broadcasters and communicators, expressed concern with performance tax legislation being introduced by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) that would place a new and unwarranted burden on many Christian radio broadcasters.
Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, stated, “Far from being fair, this performance tax legislation sadly continues to imply that value in radio airplay of music is a one-way street.”
Musicians receive free airplay by radio, boosting recognition and sales of their work. However, advertisers, sponsors, and program syndicators pay for placement on radio because of the substantive benefits they receive from over-the-air (OTA) carriage. The demonstrable value of radio airtime is seemingly ignored by many advocates of a new OTA performance tax.
Dr. Johnson continued, “We need to continue to grow the reach of Christian music. Unfortunately, imposing a new performance tax on radio stations is counterproductive.”
NRB supports the Local Radio Freedom Act (H.Con.Res.17/S.Con.Res.4), sponsored by Rep. Michael Conaway (R-TX) and Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) in the House and Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) in the Senate. This legislation opposes “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge relating to the public performance of sound recordings on a local radio station for broadcasting sound recordings over-the-air, or on any business for such public performance of sound recordings.” Already it has the bipartisan support of 147 Representatives and 11 Senators.
The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at www.nrb.org.
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