Tuners get day in D.C.

A House subcommittee will hold a hearing July 21 on legislation that would grant collective bargaining rights to all artists and musicians who perform live.

The legislation, offered by Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Mich.), is ardently supported by the American Federation of Musicians.

AFM legislative director Ned Guthrie called the bill “long overdue” and said that if passed, the measure would allow those who perform live to negotiate pay, working conditions and the number of hours worked in nightclubs, lounges and bars.

The bill was passed by a Senate labor subcommittee last year but died in the waning days of Congress. The measure has been reintroduced by Sen. Paul Simon (D-Ill.)and currently has 29 co-sponsors.

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