SaveNetRadio Gives Lobbying Effort All That Jazz
SaveNetRadio has signed up several jazz legends to persuade Congress to strike down the new rate hike. The group solicited the Jazz community during Jazz Fest in New Orleans this week and is urging Congress to adopt the Internet Radio Equality Act, which would void the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) decision for all webcasters, large and small, and adopt a new way to calculate royalties for online broadcasters.
In a letter to House Judiciary chairman John Conyers, more than a dozen individuals urged Conyers to help save Internet radio. The petition was signed by: Derek Shezbie, ReBirth Brass Band; Kermit Ruffins, trumpeter; Dr. Michael White and Bennie Pete, Hot 8 Brass Band; Edward Kidd Jordan, director of the Heritage School of Music and the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp; Jackie Harris, director of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp; Todd Duke and James Andrews, Crescent City Allstars; Mario Madero, SpyBoy Productions; Marlon Jordan, trumpeter; Bennie Jones, Treme Brass Band; Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Orleans Avenue; Big Chief Al Doucette, Flaming Arrows Mardi Gras Indian Tribe; David Freedman, WWOZ general manager; John Boutte, the New Orleans Social Club; Lee Arnold, Save Our Brass; Ariana Hall, the CubaNolaCollective; and Sylvester Francis, Backstreet Museum.