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September 12, 2009

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The voting record is clear. Number 2 wins hands down.

In reality, there is no IEB. Tens of thousands of dollars in salaries and expenses...but not an independant vote to be found.

If the IEB is not going to look after the folks that pay a good portion of their salaries then who are they looking out for? Their own interests perhaps ? What kind of games are being played here?

I suspect IEB members are motivated by 1) the desire to get re-elected; 2) the desire to avoid crossing Tom; and 3) the desire to do the right thing. These three are often at odds.

If the IEB is not going to look after the folks that pay a good portion of their salaries then who are they looking out for? Their own interests perhaps ? What kind of games are being played here ?

I understand and applaud Bruce’s comments on behalf of ICSOM.

Unfortunately, neither I nor any other RMA representatives were there to join him and the other Player Conference during this year’s PCC meeting with the IEB.

In February, after the IEB promised to meet with me, I drove for more than two hours in order to speak with them. When I finally arrived they changed their mind and barred me at the door.

The IEB has spent more than a year playing games about RMA’s Conference Status. We could not get any timely response from them about our status or any assurance they would not once again be barring us from participation. That issue was, and may even still, be unresolved. So much of what they do is kept secret.

It is not just Recording Musicians who are being harmed here. The entire AFM is paying the price for the conduct of its Officers.

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