Publishing Trade Association Responds to Roger Faxon, Saying ‘Pandora Exploits Songwriters’

In this open letter exclusively published by Billboard, Israelite shares his thoughts on how it might all pan out for the veteran music publisher in his new relationship with the digital music service.

Like many in the music biz, David Israelite was surprised to learn of RogerFaxon’s decision to join the board of directors at Pandora. In this open letter exclusively published by Billboard, Israelite shares his thoughts on how it might all pan out for the veteran music publisher in his new relationship with the digital music service. Israelite is the president and CEO of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA). Founded in 1917, NMPA is the trade association representing all American music publishers and their songwriting partners.

Guest Post: With Merger in the Rearview, Former EMI CEO Roger Faxon Thinks the Future of Music Is Pandora

I was surprised to read in Billboard that Roger Faxon — a former music publisher and friend — has agreed to join the Pandora board of directors. This was shocking because Mr. Faxon knows all too well that Pandora has been waging war against the same songwriters he used to represent. The digital giant is doing everything in its power to reduce even further what little it pays to songwriters through a strategy of lawsuits, aggressive lobbying, and even legal gimmicks.

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