The fight has started to keep All Dixie Rock and other small webcasters in business. The future of Internet radio is threatened by a steep increase in royalty rates. While we fully support artists being compensated for their work, the new rates could result in small broadcasters paying $5,000 or more a month. The new licensing fees will wipe out the community of FM stations and online webcasters who program niche music and artists you might not hear elsewhere.
Simply put, this is a move by the industry’s big players to take away our musical culture. What will be left are commercial outlets that are part of a consolidation in station ownership focused on narrow repetitive playlists.
I urge listeners to get informed and involved. All Dixie Rock is commercial free around the clock, 365 days a year. There are no profits. Our aim is to offer great hand-picked music and an outlet for up-and-coming artists to be heard. Help keep the diverse musical universe alive!
Below are three links to visit and spread to friends of music.
The first asks that you sign up to keep informed about the movement to keep stations like All Dixie on the air. Your email address will not be sold or used outside of the stated purpose.
The next two offer background information on issues facing small broadcasters:
Thanks to our loyal listeners. Music is good for the soul. Don’t let them take it from us!