Sean Paul is one of the Grammy-winning artists who stand up for fair compensation and the protection of creators’ rights.
Dancehall star Sean Paul attended the Grammys on the Hill advocacy event this week in Washington DC. The annual event, which focuses on music law and artist protection, was held on Capitol Hill on Thursday, April 28. Reports say the day’s advocacy meeting was to support legislation to foster fairness and protect the music community, which is still recovering from the pandemic.
The Recording Academy invited Grammy winners and nominees to meet with congressional officials and help advocate for legislative changes to improve the music industry. A number of legal acts were introduced as a result of the annual event, including the Music Modernization Act and a major goal this year, the American Music Fairness Act. If passed, the law would ensure that artists and producers receive royalties when artists’ music is played on radio.
Grammy-winning international dancehall artist Sean Paul was happy to be a part of this week’s industry-changing event. He told the Jamaica STAR, “It’s good to know that your voice can be heard by the people involved who can help make the change.”
SP continued, “The message here is that the creators of the artwork…the music…are not properly compensated due to laws that have not changed on streaming. Copyright laws need to be updated.
He also talked about how the pandemic has affected the music industry and artists’ incomes over the past two years and how it leaves a bad taste to create something to have it removed and told by the streaming platforms how much it’s worth.
Reports say the Copyright Royalty Board will set the royalty rates that streaming services pay songwriters later this year. As tech companies continue to push to cut songwriter pay, the ongoing fight for fair compensation for songwriters and composers was one of the main issues discussed at meetings this year.
“I find that there are songwriters who have billions of streams and literally make a few thousand dollars, and that is extremely unfair,” Sean Paul lamented. “These content companies are streaming and using it forever, and we as creators get a chip. And we’re just asking for a bit better compensation because it’s fair,” he added.
Earlier this month during Grammy week, the Entertainment Law Initiative event honored music lawyers and law enforcement officials who have defended the rights and protected music creators.
The Advocacy Day Meeting on Capitol Hill followed the 20th anniversary of the GRAMMYs on the Hill® Awards, which are considered “the premier annual celebration of music and advocacy in Washington, DC, bringing together congressional leaders and music makers to recognize those who led the fight for creators. ‘ Rights.’
At the advocacy event welcoming the Grammy winners and nominees, Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said, “Over the past two decades of GRAMMYS ON THE HILL, we have honored legendary creators and congressional leaders who drive our industry forward and champion work. musicians from all over the country.
Mason Jr. continues, “Last night was no exception, although there is still work to be done. As we meet with lawmakers today, we urge them to join us in supporting more equitable solutions that protect the creative community, ensure fair treatment for creators, and harness the power of music to reach all cultures across the world. pursuit of peace.