Elton John, Mick Jagger and Lionel Richie sign open letter calling for ban on politicians using their music
'Being dragged unwillingly into politics in this way can compromise an artist’s personal values', the open letter states
Mick Jagger, Lionel Richie and Elton John are among a number of high-profile musicians to call for an end to politicians using their music without permission.
In an open letter shared on the Artist Rights Alliance website, the group of singers say that politicians who use songs on campaign trails and at rallies without prior authorisation could be in breach of copyright.
The move comes as politicians including Donald Trump have come under fire from musicians who do not wish to be associated with them.
“Being dragged unwillingly into politics in this way can compromise an artist’s personal values while disappointing and alienating fans – with great moral and economic cost,” reads the letter.
“For artists that do choose to engage politically in campaigns or other contexts, this kind of unauthorised public use confuses their message and undermines their effectiveness.
“Music tells powerful stories and drives emotional connection and engagement – that’s why campaigns use it, after all! But doing so without permission siphons away that value.”
Other artists to have signed the petition include Cyndi Lauper, Lorde, R E M, Linkin Park, Aerosmith, Sia, Blondie, Sheryl Crow, Green Day and Panic! At the Disco.
The letter calls for political parties to establish new policies to ensure all music used is done so with prior permission, setting a date of Monday, August 10, for a response, before further action is taken.
In June, both Linkin Park and The Rolling Stones issued statements to denounce Trump for the unauthorised use of their tracks in campaign videos. Both bands released statements making it clear they had no association with the US president, stating that the use of their music was in breach of its license.
The full list of artists who have signed the petition:
Artist Rights Alliance
Beth Nielsen Chapman
Daniel Martin Moore
Fall Out Boy
Kurt Cobain estate
Panic! At The Disco
R E M
T Bone Burnett
Updated: July 30, 2020 05:23 PM