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As we have reported to you previously, public radio has been targeted for potential budget cuts. As Congress returns from recess this week, they will quickly turn to debates about short and long-term funding. Concurrently, the newly formed “Supercommittee” is beginning their process of searching for long-term spending cuts and program reductions. In both cases, support for public and noncommercial radio is threatened. That’s why it is so important for independent labels to weigh in now.
Throughout this year, the independent music community has worked to educate Congress about why noncommercial radio is essential to the independent sector. Now is the time to reinforce this message with an industry-wide sign-on letter. Ideally, this will help Congress to understand that the limited investments they make to support public and noncommercial radio are crucial to American culture and the American music industry. We have a sign-on letter prepared to deliver; please let us know if we can add your label to the list of signers to this letter.
Please contact Rich.Bengloff@a2im if you are willing to sign-on with you label name and title if you are interested in signing on. Any questions, please let us know.
A2IM Board Member/Tom Silverman spoke with NPR’s All Things Considered about the future of music at Rethink Music in Boston. Listen to the excerpt below.
NPR’s All Things Considered (around 2:35)
We congratulate our independent retail record store colleagues on the very successful 4th Record Store Day. Josh Madell of New York’s Other Music, A2IM Board Member/Beggars Group Founder Martin Mills and A2IM President Rich Bengloff were featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” on the day before RSD 2011.
Independent label artists have never gotten their fair share of AM/FM commercial radio play due to access issues. This has in part been made up for by not-for-profit public radio stations which have always been more than fair to our community and which have also been responsible for breaking many independent artists. These public radio stations, plus programming entities like NPR, PRI and APM, are all funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (“CPB”), a private, nonprofit corporation created and funded by Congress in 1967. The CPB is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting and now forces within Congress are trying to eliminate that funding.
We ask all of our members, and their artists, to please write Congress to voice their support for public radio by either going to this link http://pol.moveon.org/nprpbs or by going directly to your legislator http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml. Either way, in your own words, please let your President, Senators and Congressman know the importance of public radio to your small businesses and job creation and to the careers of your artists. Please write today! Any questions, please let us know!