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Industry Leaders Call for Equal Treatment of Music Creators when their Music is Played in Markets Around the World

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The movement to achieve global fairness for music creators gained ground today when a broad spectrum of organizations representing artists, musicians, and managers called for the end of the practice by some countries to refuse to pay creators for their work based solely on their nationality.

The organizations – Artist Rights Alliance, Black Music Action Coalition, Featured Artists Coalition, Independent Alliance for Artists Rights, International Federation of Musicians, International Music Manager’s Forum, Kobalt, Music Managers Forum UK, and Musicians’ Union – joined the Fair Trade of Music Campaign working to ensure that a global standard of direct royalty payments is established.

The Campaign launched in June with the support of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), American Federation of Musicians, Future of Music Coalition, Gospel Music Association, Music Artists Coalition, Music Business Association, musicFIRST, Music Managers Forum US, Recording Academy, SAG-AFTRA, and SoundExchange.

“These organizations are standing up for an important principle: music is an international experience, and if a royalty is paid for the use of a sound recording, then all music creators – no matter where they are from – are entitled to receive it,” said SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe. “The music community on both sides of the Atlantic is calling on our governments to ensure music creators are treated equally and paid fairly for their work.” 

National treatment – the concept that a country should provide foreign entities the same benefits and protections as it would its own citizens – is a fundamental principle in how nations engage with one another. Just last week, the European Court of Justice ruled that European Union countries must treat music creators equally regardless of their nationality.

The ruling comes as the United States and United Kingdom undertake negotiations on a post-Brexit trade agreement. The

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