The stars support legislative change that could forever alter the way acts are tied to label deals...
Beck, Deftones, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE’s TOM MORELLO and Offspring‘s DEXTER HOLLAND joined a host of other artists at Government buildings in SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA yesterday (January 23) to support legislative change that could forever alter the way acts are tied to label deals.
Working as the Recording Artists Coalition – founded by Eagles Don Henley and Sheryl Crow, who were also present, the stars were meeting state legislators asking them to back a Democratic senator’s bill that will help the artists to work more as free agents.
Senator Kevin Murray’s Bill aims to repeal a section of Californian Labour Code that says all entertainers and workers in California, except recording artists, have the right to terminate a personal service contract after seven years. The clause which applies to recording artists was secured in 1987 by record companies, making artists liable for albums still owed to labels after seven years with them.
“This practice of singling out recording artists is discriminatory and it restricts the basic American philosophy of free-market competition,” Henley said in a statement. “A recording artist, like any other working person, should be given the ability to seek higher compensation and test his or her value in the open marketplace.”
The labels argue they will be unable to take risks on new artists if they can not hold on to their profitable acts, MTV reports.
Before the Bill comes before the Senate, a huge collection of big names including Ozzy Osbourne, No Doubt, Korn, Weezer, The Eagles and Elton John will hold four simultaneous concerts in and around Los Angeles as Recording Artists Coalition benefits on February 26, the day before the Grammys. it is unclear how keen fans will be to dip into their pockets to boost the coffers of top selling artists for no clear benefit to anyone except those same artists.