After an evening of artists bashing President Donald Trump at the Grammys, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences had a request for Trump.
Don’t stop giving us our money!
From Washington Examiner:
“The Recording Academy, together with America’s music makers, call on the president and Congress to help keep the music playing by updating music laws, protecting music education, and renewing America’s commitment to the arts,” Neil Portnow, the president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, said during the 2017 Grammy Awards Sunday night.
The ‘renewing America’s commitment to the arts’ translates to “don’t cut any government funding that might benefit us or the recording industry.”
That takes a certain amount of chutzpah after the producer of the Grammys, Ken Ehrlich, said he welcomed political statements attacking Trump.
But hidden within that appeal is a closet request for smaller, more efficient government.
If you listen closely, you can hear Portnow talk about the onerous problem of regulations.
“What we need so desperately are more reminders of all that binds us together,” Portnow said. “Behind the extraordinary artists you see here on our stage are hundreds and thousands of unsung musicians and songwriters, producers, engineers — American creators, whose jobs suffer from outdated rules and regulations, some going back 100 years.”
According to the Washington Examiner, the recording industry wants radio stations to be required to pay royalties to artists whose music they play on their stations.
Really? That sounds almost conservative.
You mean you don’t want the government telling you how to make your music and run your business?
You’d like to be free to make money as you can and not have other people take the fruits of your labor?
What an odd thought.