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Performance Rights Act? the winner is . . . Lady Gaga!

“Bad Romance,” by Lady Gaga, would bring in over $446,000 a year if the Performance Rights Act was enacted by Congress, according to a new assessment by the Government Accountability Office. The proposed legislation would require broadcast radio stations to pay a royalties to performers as well as copyright holders.

“As the primary musician on this sound recording, Lady Gaga would receive 45 percent of the total royalty, almost $201,000,” the GAO estimates, if the tithe came in at 2.35 percent. ” The copyright holder would earn 50 percent, or over $223,000, and the background musicians and performers would share 5 percent, over $22,000.”

But most musicians wouldn’t make nearly that sum. The GAO estimates that 56 percent of performers would take in  $100 or less per year. Less than 6 percent of artists would receive $10,000 or more per year in royalties from airplay in the top 10 markets—these generate about 21 percent of industry revenues.

Still, many artists would make between $500 to $100,000 a year. Here’s the complete breakdown of the GAO’s estimate:

Royalty range Percentage of total

musicians and performers

Less than $10 21%
$10-49 26%
$50-99 9%
$100-499 17%
$500-999 6%
$1,000-9,999 16%
$10,000-99,999 5%
$100,000 or more <1


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One Response to Performance Rights Act? the winner is . . . Lady Gaga!

  1. murphy October 4, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    And that doesn’t even factor in the foreign royalties that will American artists will finally be able to collect. We need that performance rights act to pass!!!

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