Country music songwriters are planning to protest the removal of their credits from videos that air on the Country Music Television (CMT) cable channel. A rally planned by the Nasvhille Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is set for April 16 in a park near a Music Row building where CMT has an office.
Songwriters were removed from CMT video credits, effective April 2, making the channel uniform with sister networks MTV and VH1. Since last year’s merger of Viacom and CMT-owner CBS, CMT was placed under the supervision of the same New York executives who oversee MTV and VH1.
“We don’t care what MTV does,” said NSAI head Bart Herbison. “This is not New York or L.A. This is the last songwriting community, and we’re proud that we’re different in Nashville.”
Paul Hastaba, senior vice president and general manager of CMT, said the reason for the change was technical. CMT moved its network feed from Nashville to Long Island, N.Y., he said, and the system there has less room for credits.
A message on the NSAI Web site implores its members to attend the rally, saying, “This is your Livelihood!!! BE THERE!!!”
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