Project 72

A campaign to ensure fair pay for artists who recorded their music before 1972.
Respect All Music

About The Project

15% up to 15% of what digital radio services play are pre-1972 recordings
$60-80M estimate of the royalties artists and record labels lose each year

Up to 15% of all music played by digital radio services was recorded before 1972. In certain genres, the percentage is even higher.

Some of the biggest digital radio companies have decided to stop paying royalties to artists who recorded music before this time. That includes the hitmakers of Motown, the legends of Jazz & Blues, and the people who gave birth to Rock n' Roll. Why would these services choose to disrespect the legacy artists whose work inspired the generations of artists who came after them? Based on their interpretation of copyright law, these companies believe that they can use pre-1972 recordings for free, forever.

Each year, this practice causes artists and record labels to lose $60 to $80 million in royalties. Half of these royalties would be paid directly into the pockets of artists.

Classic artists and their record labels have filed lawsuits under Florida, New York, and California state laws to protect their rights. But it is unfair to force them to drag digital music services into court to be paid for the use of their work. While these lawsuits have resulted in over $300 million in settlements, federal legislation is the only long-term answer to this problem.

This is a matter of fairness. Stand with us for the artists who inspire you and the generations of artists who follow in their footsteps.

Tell Congress to pass the CLASSICS Act so digital radio services are required to treat legacy artists with respect!

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Project72 - Respect All Music!

Project72 - Respect All Music!

Project72: Launch Sizzle Reel

Project72: Capitol Hill 2014

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Project72 Spotlight: Tank

Project72 Spotlight: Tank

Project72 Spotlight: Nile Rodgers

Project72 Spotlight: Nile Rodgers

Project72 Spotlight: Marsha Ambrosius

Project72 Spotlight: Marsha Ambrosius

Project72 Spotlight: D-Nice

Project72 Spotlight: D-Nice

Project72 Spotlight: Kevin Ross

Project72 Spotlight: Kevin Ross

Project72 Spotlight: Sevyn Streeter

Project72 Spotlight: Sevyn Streeter

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Project72 Launch

Join The Movement

Stand with us and support the artists that inspired you.
  • The Allman Brothers Band
  • Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, of Steely Dan
  • The Beatles
  • Gerry Beckley, of America
  • Bilal
  • Blondfire
  • Blue Oyster Cult
  • Dickey Betts
  • Jonatha Brooke
  • Dewey Bunnell, of America
  • Richard Carpenter
  • Rosanne Cash
  • Gene Chandler
  • Cy Coleman (Estate)
  • Rita Coolidge
  • Chick Corea
  • Randy Crawford
  • Steve Cropper
  • The Crusaders
  • Ron Dante, of The Archies
  • Raheem DeVaughn
  • The Doors
  • Vikter Duplaix
  • Sheila E.
  • Melissa Etheridge
  • Duke Fakir of the Four Tops
  • Mark Farner, of Grand Funk Railroad
  • Guy Forsyth
  • Jimmy Fox, of The James Gang
  • Richie Furay, of Buffalo Springfield and POCO
  • Johnny Gill
  • Genevive Goings
  • Al Green
  • Donnie Hathaway (Estate)
  • Lalah Hathaway
  • Jimi Hendrix (Estate)
  • Engelbert Humperdinck
  • Danny Hutton, of Three Dog Night
  • Brian Hyland
  • Jimmy Jam
  • Tommy James
  • Rick James (Estate)
  • Al Jardine, of The Beach Boys
  • The Jazz Crusaders
  • Janis Joplin (Estate)
  • Gene Kelly (Estate)
  • B.B. King
  • Talib Kweli
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • John Lennon (Estate)
  • Ted Leo
  • Terry Lewis
  • John Lodge, of The Moody Blues
  • Kenny Loggins
  • Aimee Mann
  • Roger McGuinn
  • Sergio Mendes
  • Chris Montez
  • Sam Moore
  • My Morning Jacket
  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • Ann-Margret Olsson
  • Yoko Ono
  • Tony Orlando
  • Jeffrey Osborne
  • John Pointer
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  • Ramones
  • Otis Redding (Estate)
  • Martha Reeves
  • Johnny Rivers
  • Claudette Robinson, of The Miracles
  • Joe Sample
  • David Sanborn
  • Miike Snow
  • Michael Stanley
  • Cat Stevens
  • Royal Tailor
  • Third Day
  • Suzanne Vega
  • Cory Wells, of Three Dog Night
  • Whodini
  • Otis Williams, of The Temptations
  • Brian Wilson, of The Beach Boys
  • Mary Wilson, of The Supremes
  • Bobby Womack
  • Maimouna Youseff
  • Bobby Z

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