A partnership of artists and music industry organizations will be announcing tomorrow the formation of a coalition, called musicFIRST, to urge Congress to create a performance right under copyright law for terrestrial broadcasting.

As first reported by Billboard in May, record label and artist groups are readying themselves to lobby Congress for the right to receive performance royalties for traditional broadcasts. But the National Assn. of Broadcasters has been moving rapidly to counter this effort, urging senators and representatives to oppose any attempt to levy a "performance tax" on broadcasters.

The coalition claims more than 80 founding artists including Christina Aguilera, Jimmy Buffett, Celine Dion, the Doors, Earth, Wind & Fire, Don Henley, Wyclef Jean, Toby Keith, Patti LaBelle, John Legend, Jennifer Lopez, Martha Reeves, Mary Wilson and 11 industry organizations.

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