The AM-FM Act: Radio Under Fire for Money for Music Airplay

New legislation introduced in both houses of Congress introduces the AM-FM Act to Get Artists & Labels Paid for Radio Play


The Ask Musicians for Music Act (AM-FM) would require radio stations to get consent from recording artists to play their music. The legislation was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and in the House by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), who called the current copyright system for radio “patchwork” and said the act would require all radio services to pay a fair market value for the music they use.

Billboard explains “This bill follows the Fair Play Fair Pay Act, which Blackburn and Nadler introduced in 2015 and 2017 to achieve the same goal.” KOP breaks down the backstory.

Plus, KOP speaks with Michelle Danner, a legendary acting teacher and co-founder of the Edgemar Center for the Arts and the Los Angeles Acting Conservatory

Danner’s also now well-established as a successful feature film director. Her latest completed film, “Bad Impulse,” is a psychological thriller about family secrets and modern technology, starring Sonya Walger (Lost), Grant Bowler (Syfy’s Defiance), and Paul Sorvino.

Plus: As TV Consumption Shifts, Streamers Struggle With How to Apply Programming Standards and Taylor Swift To Perform On the AMAs As Label, Producer Reach Agreement.

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The Music Industry in 2019: Artists Leaving. Pop Stars Plotting. Streaming Succeeding.

KOP looks in the headlines encompassing the state of the Music Industry in 2019: Artists Leaving. Pop Stars Plotting. Streaming Succeeding.

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Summer Walker Says She’s Done With the Music Industry. She tells Teen Vogue, “Y’all can have the music and I’ma just head out.”

Taylor Swift Talks about Changing the Music Industry, Taking Control. She tells Billboard I’m One of the Only People… Who Can Be Loud About It’

Op-ed: The Music Industry Shouldn’t kid itself: Piracy was never killed streaming…but it might be more valuable than you think.

Plus, KOP concludes his two-part interview with Paula Rizzo, an Emmy award winning television producer in NYC, a media trainer and strategist and the author of two books. The most recent one just published is called Listful Living: A List-Making Journey to a Less Stressed You.

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How Paco Navarro and WKTU Changed the Face and Sound of Radio

More of KOP’s tribute to WKTU radio legend Paco Navarro, the legendary New York DJ who brought the sound of disco and dance music to a large loyal diverse listenership. 

KOP continues his conversation with veteran record producer, event promoter and radio programmer Eddie Mercado.

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Taylor Swift and the Sacrifice of Creativity for Political Statement Scrutiny

Taylor Swift and the Sacrifice of Creativity for Public Political Scrutiny as after years of political silence, the singer went public with a big statement.

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We look back and compare this moment to the eventual demise of the Dixie Chicks and how public speaking out on politics, in general, can seriously shadow a content creator’s creativity for the length of their career.

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