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NABOB Letter Asks Congressional Leaders to Support LRFA


National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters
National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters

The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) urging their support for the Local Radio Freedom Act. "This critical resolution would protect local radio stations that play music as part of their programming from being forced to pay significant additional new performance royalties," wrote NABOB President James Winston.

"Local radio stations are fighting to recover from the economic hits caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Imposing a new copyright performance fee, on top of the substantial copyright fees we already pay, would further devastate local radio stations already struggling to stay afloat, while also ignoring the significant value free, local radio provides to both performers and listeners," the letter continued.

"The Local Radio Freedom Act reinforces crucial protections from burdensome performance royalty fees that would further devastate Black owned broadcasters during an already incredibly difficult time. I respectfully urge you to express your strong support of the Local Radio Freedom Act in support of Black and other minority-owned broadcasters, who are a lifeline for the communities they serve," concluded Winston.

The Local Radio Freedom Act currently has 138 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and 18 in the Senate.

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