Bruce Hornsby, John Densmore and Paula Cole are among the signees.
To coincide with the beginning of the Copyright Royalty Board rate setting proceedings yesterday, the National Music Publishers’ Assn. has so far gathered 4,000 songwriter signatures in an attempt to make sure their voices are heard by the CRB Judges.
In reaching out to songwriters, the NMPA wrote, "This week the most important trial most people have never heard of will begin in Washington, D.C. ... On one side, giant technology companies Google, Apple, Amazon, Spotify and Pandora will argue to reduce the already low mechanical royalty rates they pay to play your songs. On the other side will be your music publisher, through the National Music Publishers’ Association, fighting alongside the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) for a much needed increase in the royalties you are paid."
So far, over 4,000 songwriters have signed the petition to the CRB, including such songwriters as Bruce Hornsby, John Densmore, Herb Alpert, Greg Kurstin, Craig Wiseman, Paula Cole and Desmond Child, according to the NMPA.