Without the support of Stations such as these our music simply would not be heard. Please take the time to read this post and sign the petition please.
Some background and a special request for action. And best of all, it’s free to get on board.
Here’s the background. Thanks to founding couple Rick and Mary Pat Henry, House of Prog is an all-volunteer high definition radio haven that respects and promotes artists and their music. All of us at House of Prog donate our own time and our own resources to air new and existing music material.
House of Prog is a very special 192kbs streaming outlet that, when combined with the www.houseofprog.com website, is a powerful tool that connects global progressive artists and their music to audiences around the world.
To be clear, House of Prog makes no money and isn’t designed to profit from anything it does. This is a station that’s truly all about the music and the artist families that create, produce, distribute and perform music.
So, what DO we do?
1) House of Prog airs music that would otherwise go mostly unnoticed. Most terrestrial radio stations wouldn’t dream of airing the type of progressive music aired by House of Prog. The music we play most often does not have major labels, major budgets or huge resources. It is indeed world-class music, however, that deserves the world’s attention. This is music that many listeners learn about for the first time when they hear it on House of Prog.
2) We invite the artists to talk with you, our audience. We openly interact and provide a clear channel to have conversations. We’re very proud of the reputation we’ve grown with the musician community.
3) We share information with fans who enjoy the music. Specifically, we educate our audience on how to purchase music through legitimate sales sites that truly benefit the artists and their respective families. If artists can’t even recoup the investments made in the production and promotion process, everyone loses. It is magic to our ears to learn about musicians who can make a living in the music trade, but most of the artists we interview have full or part-time jobs in other occupations. We are very clear in our promotions, “If you like the music, we proactively state on every show where listeners can purchase it.”
4) We promote tours, merchandise and fan gatherings. After all, musicians and fans like to gather at live performance events and meet each other. House of Prog is often in the position of being the ‘central coordination place’ for tours, festivals and fan gatherings.
The following link points out a risk that webcasters like us are now facing. Myopic legislation is being introduced under the false impression that webcast stations like ours are robbing artists of a good living. That’s not true. Without stations like ours, only big business outlets are left. That means there will be very few legitimate places where any audience could ever know that new music is being produced and offered to listeners.
In short, if stations like House of Prog were to disappear, critical links involving musicians, music and fans would be instantly lost. And what remains? Only the big McStations that derive profit in a corporately-governed vertical… and they don’t play our music.
We simply cannot compete with commercial radio stations, nor do we want to. Please read this petition and, if you agree, please sign it. Then, please share this link with friends who are concerned about the diversity of music channels and the availability of progressive music channels.