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No one person can own the air

Unlike cable companies or phone companies that lay their own lines to transmit their signals, radio companies build broadcasting towers, but transmit signals through public airwaves. That air belongs to everyone, and as such, everyone is a stakeholder and connected to radio transmissions, and thus the stations themselves. As a result, the public should have a voice in content that is broadcasting over their air.

Our free market society provides a mechanism for this in nearly every other aspect of society. We can shop competitively for products and services, and the market must:
     1. Lower prices to compete
     2. Provide services that are desirable for consumers

 

The Payola law as it stands, stops radio from operating according to principles of our free market society by making it nearly impossible for the public to demand different content, especially local content.

 

So how does this affect us?

For starters, it is nearly impossible for local bands, no matter how successful they are, or how many views their Youtube channels have, to feature their music on the radio. They would need a ton of disposable money to ask a radio station to play their music, and they would need to disclose it through all of the proper protocols, and they would have to do this hundreds of times and on lots of radio stations to even begin to compete with popular songs. With the way the Payola Law and broadcasting industries are set up, you can imagine that it wouldn’t make for a very good return on investment.

That leaves fans unaware of all of the good music that is out there. If you turn on a radio station, the music that is being played was hand-picked for you by the major record labels. That means someone in a completely different state is picking out music that you “want” to hear. As music fans, we have no voice in the music we want to hear played on the radio.

At MusicRevolt, we want to ask our representatives to reconsider the effectiveness of the Payola Law- it’s not working for musicians, or fans, and it’s bringing the music industry down, as the Payola Law doesn’t allow for any relationship between the broadcasting industries and the record labels.

We also want to stop the fixed prices among the web music stores. You have noticed that all the music you buy on iTunes or Amazon is either $.99 or $1.29, right? Why is that? It’s because the record labels are practicing collusion- they are all agreeing to these prices, and that’s not in agreement with American Capitalism. Let’s let the laws of supply and demand determine how much you pay for what song you want.

Lastly, we want to help connect fans and bands. We want you to be able to look up a local band that you want to check out. We want bands to connect to fans, and find local vendors and merchants to partner with. Without that community, the music industry isn’t sharing good music; it’s controlling it.

 

Let’s change the music industry!

 

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