WCLV responds to musicFIRST


To the Editor:

Recently, the musicFIRST Coalition, the mouth piece for the recording industry, disputed a spot that WCLV ran asking listeners to write to their Congressmen regarding the Performance Tax. They quoted the spot as saying that “the performance royalties would go to record companies, most of whom are foreign owned.”

The Coalition went on to say that at least half of the royalties would go to the artists themselves, who are predominantly U.S. Citizens.  As far as WCLV, a classical music station, is concerned, our playlist of today (06/15/09) includes the following, the most of the members of which are unlikely to be U.S. citizens.

Leif Ove Andsnes

Berlin Philharmonic

Vienna-Berlin Ensemble

Estonian National Symphony and Chorus

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Russian National Orchestra

Gothenburg Symphony

Orchestre de Bretagne

London Symphony Orchestra

Academy St. Martin in Fields

National Symphony of Ukraine

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Hanover Band

Vienna Concentus Musicus

Salieri Chamber Orchestra

Concerto Cologne

City of Birmingham Symphony

Well, you get the idea.  Incidentally, the Music First Coalition has not indicated how they would compensate
the members of classical orchestras.

Robert Conrad
Cleveland Orchestra Broadcast Service