A whole slew of artists have united to sign an open letter against the unauthorized use of their music by politicians.
Big name artists like Lorde, Green Day, Sia, Mick Jagger, Sheryl Crow, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Courtney Love, and more have signed the letter, which is by the Artists Rights Alliance (ARA).
The letter calls for political committees to “establish clear policies requiring campaigns to seek the consent of featured recording artists, songwriters, and copyright owners before publicly using their music in a political or campaign setting.”
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) July 28, 2020
Over the last couple of years, several artists have sent President Donald Trump cease and desist letters over the use of their songs, including Pharrell, Rihanna, and Adele. In fact, Neil Young recently hinted he may take legal action for Trump’s use of “Rockin in the Free World” at rallies.
The letter asks the six political campaign organizations, the Republic and Democratic National, Congressional, and Senatorial committees, to only support candidates with established procedures to only use music with the consent of performers and songwriters.
Read the full letter here.