NMPA CEO David Israelite Responds to Pandora’s FCC Waiver

WASHINGTON, D.C. – NMPA President and CEO David Israelite released the following statement in response to Pandora’s FCC waiver to proceed in purchasing a South Dakota radio station in order to pay cheaper royalties to songwriters.

“In the history of the struggle between creators and those who try to profit off of their work without paying them fairly, this move by Pandora ranks as the most cynical and shameless. Sadly this small station in South Dakota has become a pawn in Pandora’s game to pay the creators on which it built its business even less. Now, there can be no doubt that Pandora has declared war on songwriters.”

###

About the NMPA:
Founded in 1917, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) is the trade association representing all American music publishers and their songwriting partners. The NMPA’s mandate is to protect and advance the interests of music publishers and songwriters in matters relating to the domestic and global protection of music copyrights. Learn more at www.nmpa.org.