NAACP Back Civil Rights for Musicians Law

The National Association for the Advanced of Colored People (NAACP) has passed a resolution supporting a federal bill that would provide performance royalties for musicians
The resolution, passed July 14 at the NAACP’s national convention in New York, backs Rep. John Conyer’s Performance Rights Act, H.R. 848—a civil rights bill for musicians.
Big radio corporations like Clear Channel and Radio One refuse to pay musicians a single cent when their music is played on the radio—a practice the bill would end, according to the NAACP. The bill in Congress applies to big corporate radio – a specific provision protects small radio stations including all small Black-owned radio stations.
“The NAACP recognizes that many black musicians are penniless in old age because Radio One and Clear Channel don’t pay royalties. Performance rights is a civil rights issue, it is a workers’ rights issue,” said Sean Glover, spokesperson for the musicFIRST Coalition.
“This civil rights for musicians legislation guarantees fair pay for musicians. This is a rebuke of Radio One and Clear Channel for exploiting musicians and smearing members of the Congressional Black Caucus,” Glover said.