You may have heard that some webcasters are participating today in a so-called "Day of Silence." This is their way of protesting their obligation to compensate artists and record companies for their music. While the purpose of this protest is misguided, a "day of silence" is a fitting theme. Everyone should understand what the world would sound like without the music that is often taken for granted. If those who make the music we all love are not fairly compensated for their work, that will be the result ? silence.
Let's not forget that the music webcasters want essentially for free is the backbone of their entire business. Somehow these companies have found a way to pay fair market rates for everything else necessary for their business ? from bandwidth and computers to rent and furniture. Why should the most important element of their business ? the music ? be any different?
Artists and record companies deserve fair compensation for their creations. They have waited patiently for more than three years to be compensated while webcasters have been building their businesses. Webcasters are not entitled to a free ride or subsidy. The time has come for webcasters to stop protesting and work cooperatively with artists and record labels to ensure success for all and provide fans with the great music they expect and deserve.
John L. Simson
Recording Artists' Coalition
AFTRA Don Henley
Eric Lowen, Lowen & Navarro
Dan Navarro, Lowen & Navarro
Patrick Rains on behalf of David Sanborn (SoundExchange Board Member)
Martin Mills, Beggars Group
Stephen Hogger, Chandos Records Limited
Ann E. Chaitovitz, AFTRA (SoundExchange Board Member)
Eric Chapelle, Hamsa Music Oh Boy Records/Blue Plate Music/Red Pajamas Records
Jay L. Cooper, Esq., Recording Artists' Coalition (SoundExchange Board Member)
James Marienthal, Silver Wave Records
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records
Perry Resnick, MMF-US (SoundExchange Board Member) Abstrakt Reality Records
Mike Gormley, LAPersonal Development, MMF-US Music Managers Forum of Canada
Hilary Rosen, RIAA (SoundExchange Board Member)
Emile Pandolfi, MagicMusic Productions, Inc.
Blake Rowe, Blake Rowe Music
Andrea Finkelstein, Sony (SoundExchange Board Member)
Judy Pandolfi, MagicMusic Productions, Inc.
Gary Himelfarb, RAS Records (SoundExchange Board Member) Association of Independent Music (AIM)
Paul Katz, Zomba (SoundExchange Board Member)
Keith Harris, MMF-UK
James Sellar, MMF-UK
Mimi Kim, BMG (SoundExchange Board Member)
Stephen Bond Garvan, Garvan Management
Bob Chacra, Chacra Alternative Music
Michael Marucci, Marucci Artist Management
Thomas F. Lee, AFM (SoundExchange Board Member)
Jack Heyrman, Clean Cuts Music
Carmine Appice, Vanilla Fudge
Marnie Hall, Leonarda Productions, Inc.
Walter F. McDonough, Esq. (SoundExchange Board Member)
Barry Bergman, MMF-US Mark Birmingham, Rosemead Music, Inc. Rumblefish, Inc.
Richard Burgess, MMF-US
Steven Scharf, MMF-US & Steven Scharf Entertainment
Peter Jenner, Int'l MMF
Michael McMartin, Int'l MMF Moro, Budwick Music Co.
Michael Ostroff, UMG (SoundExchange Board Member)
Christopher Peacock, Pure & Simple Music
Terry Lieberstein, Lovingstone Productions
Lindy Morrison Rampage
Truth Thomas, Prayer Warriorz Records
Allen Moy, Divine Industries, Inc.
Al Salzillo, Night Side Entertainment
George Carpenter, Smokehouse Records, Inc.