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 Hammond Janita
Allen Toussaint (Estate) Jesse Colin Young (of the Youngbloods)
Allman Brothers Band Jewel
Aloe Blacc Joe Williams (Estate)
Ann-Margret John Lennon (Estate)
Anthony Hamilton Johnny Rivers
Betty Everett (Estate) Jon “Bowzer” Bauman
Big & Rich Jonatha Brooke
Big Joe Turner (Estate) Judy Collins
Bill Gaither Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues)
Billy Preston (PMGI Billy Preston’s Legacy) Laurence Corky Laing
Billy Talent Lionel Richie
Blackwood Brothers Quartet Louis Jordan (Estate)
Blake Morgan Mac Davis
Bob Crosby (Estate) Martha Reeves
Bruce Springsteen Maurice White (Estate)
Camper Van Beethoven Mel Schacher
Candi Staton Michael McDonald
Cathedral Quartet Mike Curb Congregation
Chris Clark Milt Jackson (Estate)
Chuck Berry (Estate) Oak Ridge Boys
Clara Ward (Estate) Outkast
Claudette Robinson/The Miracles Pat Boone
Cracker Patty Smyth
Curtis Stigers Paul McCartney
Cyrille Aimee Petula Clark
Danny Hutton Portugal. The Man.
David Barbe Randy Crawford
David Lowery Ricky Nelson (The Ricky Nelson Company)
David Poe Ringo Starr
David Sanborn Rob Thomas
Dickey Betts Rush
Dinah Washington (Estate) Ryan Cabrera
Dorothy Norwood Sam Moore
Don Brewer Shawn Mendes
Duane Betts Simon Kirke (Bad Company)
Elf Power Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Estate)
Ella Fitzgerald (Estate) Smokey Robinson
Engelbert Humperdinck Tennessee Ernie Ford (Estate)
Ethel Merman (Estate) The Beatles
Frank Zappa (Estate) The Empty Pockets
Glen Campbell (Estate) The Nelons
Gunnar Printz “Mert” Madsen Tracy 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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