On Monday, September 30th ASCAP launched a social media campaign to promote our petition asking the incoming Pandora CEO, Brian McAndrews, to stop attacking music creators and to pay them fairly for their music. We used Thunderclap, a crowd-messaging platform, and drew nearly 2,800 supporters with a social media reach of over 5 million. Participants included such big songwriter names as Jared Leto and Savan Kotecha.
As part of this ongoing campaign, we are asking songwriters and composers to write letters about why getting paid fairly matters to them.
The key to winning this fight is helping people understand what is at stake. Hundreds of thousands of songwriters and composers depend on performance royalties to support themselves and their families. We want to help people understand why it’s important and fair to pay songwriters and composers for their hard work. No one can deliver that message more effectively than you! Send us your story to PandoraPayFair@ascap.com, describing why performance rights matter to you personally and professionally. It doesn’t have to be long. Each story is unique and plays an indispensable role in expressing what it means to be a songwriter in today’s digital age. Please include your contact information. With your permission, we will use these narratives in our advocacy campaign to spread the word, including publishing some on the ASCAP site.