May 2019 – Update from NRB MLC

Dear Noncommercial Broadcaster,

In the early part of the year, Bill Harrier and I made visits to representatives on Capitol Hill. The goal of this effort was to once again bring to the forefront our story regarding the unfair rates noncommercial broadcasters are paying for streaming. At the NRB Annual Convention, we had two sessions for stations to come and hear what’s going on in the music industry and what we accomplished in Washington.

By way of invitation, we were in Chicago a few weeks ago for the Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB) Summit. We are thankful for that opportunity and we visited with many broadcasters explaining the various aspects of music licensing. Some did not realize the detailed involvement with respect to standard music license fees, streaming license fees and Internet license fees.

As you can already see, 2019 has been and is a busy year for your committee. The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) “Web V” proceeding is at the top of our agenda. The Web V proceeding will determine new streaming rates for 2021 – 2025. At the same time, we are dialoging and negotiating with ASCAP and BMI for an Internet streaming license.

The outcomes of our efforts affect you and your station(s) budget and there are two important aspects to what I am saying:

You must be on our represented station list (under our umbrella) in order to qualify for the streaming licenses we negotiate. If you are not on our list, you will be on your own with respect to these fees.

The per-station assessment we have asked all stations to pay is a minimal amount for what goes on at this end. There are many stations paying the assessed amount and making donations as well. This effort takes everyone, and we need the dollars in order to fight the legal battles on these many fronts.

In closing, a big Thank You to those that have responded to the assessment and continue to support our work. If you have not yet responded, you will be getting an invoice reminder soon. We value your support!

Many thanks,
Harv Hendrickson
Chairman

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