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Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, an outspoken critic of the Internet’s role on the music business, is heading to Washington to try to turn his views into action.
SoundExchange, which collects royalties from digital broadcasts and advocates policy, announced Thursday that Byrne would join its board of directors, which includes artists and record label representatives.
Byrne said in a statement that he would “leverage my experience as a performing artist and fight on behalf of all creators for fairness and the long-term value of music.”
While much of Byrne’s catalog is available on streaming services such as Spotify, he has charged that the revenue from online music is far too paltry for artists, particularly those who are lesser known.
“In future, if artists have to rely almost exclusively on the income from these services, they’ll be out of work within…