The Music Artists Coalition Muscles In
“Artists don’t really have a seat at any table. Just the fact that we have a powerful group of people will scare everyone else to the table,” said Irving Azoff, who, in July 2019 — along with fellow talent managers Coran Capshaw and John Silva; a group of artists that includes Don Henley, Dave Matthews, Maren Morris, Anderson .Paak and Meghan Trainor; and a number of industry executives and attorneys — formed the Music Artists Coalition to advocate for and protect artists’ rights.
The organization hired Jack Quinn, former White House counsel under the Clinton administration, as its president; partnered with the RIAA and American Association of Independent Music to secure an amendment to California’s AB5 “gig economy” law affecting independent artists, songwriters and producers; and spoke out in support of Taylor Swift over her claims that her former record label Big Machine had prevented her from performing a medley of her hits at the American Music Awards.
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