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April 3, 2018 | News Articles

89 Artists Add Names To Effort Calling On Congress To Pass The CLASSICS Act

More Than 300 Artists Pressing Members of Congress to Fix the “Pre-1972” Loophole for Music Pioneers Ahead of House Judiciary Committee Markup Next Week

WASHINGTON, DC — An unprecedented coalition of music artists, supported by eight leading music organizations, continues to grow, with 89 additional musicians joining the call on Congress to pass the CLASSICS Act. This bipartisan legislation has been introduced in both chambers of Congress and will address one of copyright law’s most glaring loopholes. The number of artists supporting CLASSICS now totals 302.

Digital radio makes billions of dollars a year from airplay of music made before February 15, 1972. However, because of a glaring inequity in copyright standards, artists who recorded their work before February 15, 1972 are not required by federal law to be paid when their work is played on SiriusXM and digital streaming services. The CLASSICS Act would correct this injustice and ensure that music creators who made those timeless recordings finally get their due.

The CLASSICS Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and will be a part of the music copyright package scheduled for markup by the House Judiciary Committee the week of April 9th. Companion legislation in the U.S. Senate, (S. 2393), is sponsored by Sens. John Kennedy (R-LA) and Chris Coons (D-DE) and in recent weeks Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) have signed in support of the legislation.

The growing coalition of artists urging passage of the CLASSICS Act is supported by music community leaders including A2IM, American Federation of Musicians, Content Creators Coalition, the Recording Academy, Recording Industry Association of America, SAG-AFTRA and SoundExchange.

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

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 on in support of the CLASSICS Act.

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A2IM contact:
Dawn Kamerling / (646) 322-4903 /

American Federation of Musicians contact:
Rose Ryan / 917-229-0239 /

Content Creators Coalition contact:
Eric Jotkoff / 202-748-5342 /

musicFIRST Coalition contact:
Isabel Rollison / 202-400-2611 /

RIAA contact:
Cara Duckworth Weiblinger / 202-775-0101/
Jonathan Lamy / 202-775-0101 /

SAG-AFTRA contact:
Pamela Greenwalt​ / 323-440-2892/

SoundExchange contact:
Sophia Majlessi / 202-696-1832 /