A performance tax could not only reduce the variety of music you hear on the radio, but your favorite station might be forced to switch to a non-music format simply to survive. And other music stations might be less willing to take a chance on playing the music of new, unknown artists.
It also affects your community. In times of crisis, radio stations provide a lifeline. During a severe storm or other natural disaster, broadcasters serve their communities as first informers, providing emergency updates to listeners around the clock. Even when wireless connections and cell phone service goes down, radio remains on the air, providing the vital news you rely on to stay safe.
Radio stations are major contributors to public service – generating $6 billion in public service annually, providing news coverage, community information and free airtime to help spotlight local charities, disaster relief efforts and important social issues.
If a performance tax were imposed, stations' ability to serve their communities during times of crisis and their public service efforts could be impacted.
And, worst of all, if you're one of the nearly 1 million Americans whose jobs are affected by the radio industry, your job could be in jeopardy. In these troubling economic times, the last thing local radio needs is to be hit with a tax that some analysts estimate could cost $2-7 billion.
Find out how local radio contributes to every state’s economy and supports their communities’ public service efforts.