MUSICIANS AND FANS Please SIGN ! http://irespectmusic.org
” We live in the only democratic country in the world, in fact, where artists don’t get paid for radio airplay. For example, when you hear someone say “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.” you probably think of Aretha Franklin, right? Well she––just like every other music artist––has never been paid one penny for that song being played on the radio in the U.S., ever. It really is shocking. What’s more, the short list of countries that share the United States’ policy on this issue includes Iran, North Korea, and Rwanda. Also shocking, and definitely a list we don’t want to be on. ” – Janita
[Editor Charlie sez: Hot on the heels of the Steven Johnson debacle in the New York Times, we find out that our friend Janita was approached by Forbes to do an interview about the #irespectmusic campaign–an offer that was quickly withdrawn once Forbes found out what she had to say. So naturally…here it is.]
Guest Post by Janita
I have great respect for journalists, and I respect Forbes magazine. As a newly-minted American citizen myself, I’ve gained a deep love and understanding for the inherent––in fact unique––importance reporters have in U.S. society. So, I was excited and honored when told I’d been “confirmed to be the subject of a major Q&A with Forbes.com,” specifically about my involvement in the #IRespectMusic campaign.
I was sent five thought provoking questions from the writer at Forbes, and I answered them as authentically and truthfully as I could. I sent the completed written interview back.
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