The Latest from the Nation’s Capital: Looking Ahead

  • It falls short: The agreement under discussion appears to fall far short of what is needed, apparently excluding broad needs like stimulus checks and aid to state and local governments and health care workers on the front lines. Those shortcomings will flow down through the rest of the economy and hurt working artists and songwriters.
  • But maybe offers help for venues?: The deal originally excluded relief for music venues forced to close to protect public health, but late-breaking reports suggest Democratic leaders have insisted it include significant funding for shuttered theaters and clubs.
  • And it might renew federal pandemic unemployment benefits: On a more positive note, discussions appear to include an extension of unemployment benefits. It is not clear if a possible extension will have an additional weekly enhancement, like the added $600/week included in the CARES Act. ARA, in partnership with other music community advocates, is particularly focused on ensuring relief includes self-employed workers and, in determining the amount workers are eligible for, fully takes into account the multiple income sources they often have.
  • The Bottom Line: This will go down to the wire, and we won’t know for sure what’s in or out until the votes are cast.
  • Which Way The Senate? All eyes will be on Georgia’s January 5 runoff elections to determine which party controls the Senate. ARA and local creators, including Athens’ legends R.E.M., have been working to spread the word and encourage all Georgians to participate and be heard.
  • Pandemic Relief and Vaccine Distribution: In early 2021, we hope and expect the new Congress and Administration to immediately focus on more far-reaching relief for Americans impacted by the pandemic and the mechanics of distributing vaccines to the nation. It’s the first priority and should be.
  • Copyright Developments: At the same time, we believe behind the scenes discussions about longstanding barriers to fair compensation for musicians will become a matter of public debate.



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Artist Rights Alliance

Artist Rights Alliance


Artist-run, non-profit advocating for musicians, performers, & songwriters in the digital landscape. (Formerly the Content Creators Coalition or “c3”)