Major U.S. Music Artists Form Lobbying Group

A group of high-profile artists is forming the Music Artists Coalition (MAC), a new organization established to advocate for and protect artist rights.

The coalition will educate and give artists, songwriters and other creators a voice in the many issues, especially compensation, in the digital era.

Don Henley, Dave Matthews, Maren Morris, Anderson.Paak, Meghan Trainor, Shane Mcanally and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Verdine White are among the artists.

They are joined by high-level managers Irving Azoff, Coran Capshaw and John Silva on the board, which also includes industry executives and attorneys Jordan Bromley, Jim Cicconi, Kristen Foster, Susan Genco, Elliot Groffman and Ali Harnell.

“Artists decide their musical fate every time they write a song or step on stage. Their true fate, the ability to protect their music, is being decided by others … bureaucrats, government legislators, and the powerful digital gatekeepers,” longtime artists’ rights advocate Henley said.

“We are forming the Music Artists Coalition to ensure that there is an organization whose sole mission is to protect the rights of music artists, performers and songwriters,” he stated.

Among the first areas of business are the Copyright Royalty Board rate increase, which has come under fire from several digital service providers; the formation of the Mechanical Licensing Collective under the Music Modernization Act; and the reform of safe harbor protections.

In addition to national efforts in Washington, D.C., where MAC is already in the process of selecting a lobbyist, the coalition will also weigh in on various U.S. state legislation and policies.

Source: Bloomberg