SMALL WEBCASTERS, ARTISTS, & INDIE LABELS
The expiration of the Webcaster Settlement Act has left many small webcasters facing a steep increase in royalty rates and unsure of their future survival.
We support fair and transparent payment to artists and rightsholders when their work is used. We also recognize that small broadcasters are vitally important to musical culture, whether it’s small community FM stations or online webcasters who program niche music and artists you might not hear elsewhere. Commercial FM radio is increasingly focused on narrow repetitive playlists due to consolidation in station ownership.Since the 1996 Telecommunications Act, massive companies like Clear Channel (now called ‘I Heart Radio’) have bought up hundreds of local radio stations, fired local DJs and programmers, and replaced them with robots playing nearly identical narrow playlists in every city. By contrast, webcasting reflects far greater diversity—from cutting edge releases by contemporary artists to America’s rich and varied musical traditions. And unlike commercial FM, internet radio pays musicians and labels.
We believe artists and small webcasters are on the same team. Let’s keep it that way!
We’re optimistic that a solution can be found to allow many small commercial webcasters to continue to operate, and ensure that great music continues to get played and artists continue to get paid—directly, transparently and fairly
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Jamendo , a large Creative Commons Licensed Music warehouse. a Great resource for internet radio broadcasters / D.J.s , they have a multitude of genres to choose from and all of the music is released under one of the creative commons licensing. They also offer commercial licensing for those big companies out there. Most internet radio stations are hobby level and do not generate revenue so they can utilize the music for free as long as they go by the licensing terms. Now for those who just love music and want the mp3s for personal listening Jamendo and the creative commons licensing scheme is just right for you. Most of the music is free to download, burn to cd, load on your mp3 player and give to friends as well. Now I will tell you the Artists on Jamendo may be unsigned and less known but that does not take away from their talent or quality of their music. The nice thing about unsigned and indie bands is they are not influenced by a label / record company. So you get some really unique and awesome music from such bands.
Another Website I shall mention in this post is streamlicensing.com, This site is for those wishing to be a legally ran radio station on line and play Signed artists. This is a affordable alternative to negotiating contracts with such companies as A.S.C.A.P. etc. Pricing is based on 3 factors, 1. the amount of hours your station is listened to, 2. the amount of Revenue your station generates and 3. the amount of money you spend on the station. So the bigger you get the more you pay, but most never leave the first level in the pricing scheme. Well until the next time may the music fill your heart and mind.
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