ICYMI: Content Creators Coalition (c3) Expands D.C. Advocacy
Retains LMG Public Affairs To Expand Efforts Ensuring Artists Are Paid Fairly
Washington, D.C. — The artist-run non-profit advocacy group Content Creators Coalition (c3) today announced a major expansion of the group’s Washington D.C. advocacy, by retaining LMG Public Affairs to help amplify the group’s efforts to ensure artists are paid fairly. Additionally, the group announced that LMG Public Affairs COO Ted Kalo has been appointed Communications Director for c3.
“Being an artist today means having to survive under digital rules controlled by YouTube. It means not getting paid by radio stations that play your songs,” said Melvin Gibbs, c3 President and award winning bassist and composer. “So rather than sitting back and watching as the next generation of artists disappears, as Google and iHeartRadio use outdated laws to shortchange music creators, artists have been banding together to demand action from Congress. Now, as we expand our advocacy efforts in Washington D.C., we look forward to working with LMG Public Affairs to ensure more artists have seats at the table.”
“Musicians are in the fight of our lives right now. An entire generation of legacy artists endured the disgrace of hearing their music played millions of times on the radio, generating billions of advertising dollars, while not being paid one cent for their art. Now to add insult to injury, the digital revolution has put us at risk of losing an entire generation of new artists. I am honored to be part of a community and movement of artists that is standing up to change that, and excited to expand our presence in Washington, D.C. at this critical moment,” said Rosanne Cash, c3 Vice President At Large and Grammy award winning singer and songwriter.
“As artists, it’s always been an uphill battle trying to get paid for the work we create. But in today’s world, the government enables tech platforms to hold artists hostage in royalty negotiations based off antiquated laws, making it even harder for regular working musicians to make a living. We need to come together now to stop the bleeding, and make sure Congress establishes a framework that works for those of us who actually create the music,” said John McCrea, a c3 founding member and Vice President, as well as the lead singer of CAKE.
“There is a groundswell of musicians uniting to demand action from Congress to ensure artists and music creators are paid fairly in today’s digital world. We are excited to partner with LMG to help amplify our artists calling for change to ensure the next generation of artists can earn a living,” said Jeffrey Boxer, c3 Executive Director/General Counsel. “Our partnership with LMG Public Affairs will help ensure more artists’ voices are heard as Congress moves forward with Copyright review and debate other issues impacting artists.”
“With so much at stake as Congress looks to reform U.S. Copyright law, it is critical that artists’ voices are heard. c3’s grassroots reach combined with LMG Public Affairs’ experience winning the hardest public policy fights for our clients will ensure Congress understands the value of music,” said Ted Kalo, LMG Public Affairs COO and c3 Communications Director.
The Content Creators Coalition (c3) is an artist-run non-profit advocacy group representing creators in the digital landscape. c3’s work is significant to anyone who creates and makes a living from their creations. c3’s objectives are two-fold: First, economic justice for musicians and music creators in the digital domain. Second, ensuring that the current and future generations of creators retain the rights needed to create and benefit from the use of their work and efforts. c3 has grown into a national organization based on representation, advocacy, and mobilization for sustainable careers in the digital age.
About LMG Public Affairs:
LMG Public Affairs, a Washington D.C. based public affairs firm with extensive experience with tech and Copyright issues, develops and executes public-, Hill-, and agency-facing issue advocacy campaigns that shift the narrative and drive outcomes on our clients’ most pressing policy and regulatory issues. Whether it’s telecommunications or trade, antitrust or aviation, copyright or civil liberties, LMG provides comprehensive solutions and trusted strategic advice for the Fortune 50 companies, political campaigns, trade associations, start-ups, and non-profits we represent.