Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen amongst 89 new artists backing US CLASSICS Act

A number of high profile artists have signed up to support the US CLASSICS Act, which aims to reform US copyright policy to better compensate the creators of music.

The Act is lobbying for a change in law so that artists whose work was recorded before February 15th 1972 get paid when their music gets played on SiriusXM and digital streaming services.

Currently, US digital radio platforms are not required to pay for the use of music that was recorded before that date.

Sir Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen are a further 89 artists now calling on Congress to pass the Act.

Other names newly added to the list, that now totals 302 artists, include Aloe Blacc, Petula Clark, Outkast, Patty Smyth, Smokey Robinson and Ringo Starr.

The estates of John Lennon, Chuck Berry and Ella Fitzgerald are also supporting the bill.

Alongside a number of musicians, the act is supported by organisations including A2IM, American Federation of Musicians, Content Creators Coalition, the Recording Academy, Recording Industry Association of America, SAG-AFTRA and SoundExchange.

The bipartisan legislation has been introduced in both chambers of Congress and will be a part of the music copyright package scheduled for markup by the House Judiciary Committee the week of April 9th.

The artists recently joining the coalition to pass the CLASSICS Act include:

Albert HammondJanita
Allen Toussaint (Estate)Jesse Colin Young (of the Youngbloods)
Allman Brothers BandJewel
Aloe BlaccJoe Williams (Estate)
Ann-MargretJohn Lennon (Estate)
Anthony HamiltonJohnny Rivers
Betty Everett (Estate)Jon “Bowzer” Bauman
Big & RichJonatha Brooke
Big Joe Turner (Estate)Judy Collins
Bill GaitherJustin Hayward (The Moody Blues)
Billy Preston (PMGI Billy Preston’s Legacy)Laurence Corky Laing
Billy TalentLionel Richie
Blackwood Brothers QuartetLouis Jordan (Estate)
Blake MorganMac Davis
Bob Crosby (Estate)Martha Reeves
Bruce SpringsteenMaurice White (Estate)
Camper Van BeethovenMel Schacher
Candi StatonMichael McDonald
Cathedral QuartetMike Curb Congregation
Chris ClarkMilt Jackson (Estate)
Chuck Berry (Estate)Oak Ridge Boys
Clara Ward (Estate)Outkast
Claudette Robinson/The MiraclesPat Boone
CrackerPatty Smyth
Curtis StigersPaul McCartney
Cyrille AimeePetula Clark
Danny HuttonPortugal. The Man.
David BarbeRandy Crawford
David LoweryRicky Nelson (The Ricky Nelson Company)
David PoeRingo Starr
David SanbornRob Thomas
Dickey BettsRush
Dinah Washington (Estate)Ryan Cabrera
Dorothy NorwoodSam Moore
Don BrewerShawn Mendes
Duane BettsSimon Kirke (Bad Company)
Elf PowerSister Rosetta Tharpe (Estate)
Ella Fitzgerald (Estate)Smokey Robinson
Engelbert HumperdinckTennessee Ernie Ford (Estate)
Ethel Merman (Estate)The Beatles
Frank Zappa (Estate)The Empty Pockets
Glen Campbell (Estate)The Nelons
Gunnar Printz “Mert” MadsenTracy Bonham
J.D. Sumner (Estate)Trombone Shorty
Jackie “Moms” Mabley (Estate)

Click here to see the full list of artists that have signed up in support.Music Business Worldwide

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