Lorde, Sia, Mick Jagger, Jason Isbell, Aerosmith, Neil Young Sign Letter Demanding "Consent" for Campaign Songs

July 30, 2020

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A slew of A-list artists across multiple genres have signed an open letter demanding politicians obtain permission to play their music at campaign rallies. Vulture reports that the Artist Rights Coalition nonprofit teamed up on the letter with such celebs as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Sia, Lorde, R.E.M., Green Day, Pearl Jam, Blondie, Steven Tyler, Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Neil Young, and Alanis Morissette. The letter urges America’s major political party committees to “establish clear policies requiring campaigns to seek consent” before playing an artist's work. The July 28-dated letter also states, “Many of these artists have spent a lifetime making music that we all know and love. At the very least, it should be their choice—especially in these hyper-partisan times. With so many creators raising concerns about this issue, it is time to take action and ensure our voices are heard.”