National Foundation Of Woman Legislators

Legendary "Supremes" Performer Mary Wilson Protects Artists' Rights

April 26, 2006

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Legendary performer Mary Wilson, founding member of the Supremes, met with Members of Congress after Wednesday's Senate Judiciary Hearing on music licensing.

As a member of the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) and Chair of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame's Artist Advisory Board, Wilson has been working with the women elected officials who serve on the NFWL's Business & Economic Development Policy Committee to promote legislation that protects concert-goers and artists from imposter musical groups through the "Truth in Music" initiative.

Wilson will speak to Members of Congress about the importance of introducing legislation that prevents groups from using trademarks they don't own, and includes exceptions for tribute bands or in cases where at least one member of the group was a member of the original recording group and is legally entitled to the name.

"These groups are frauds in the worst sense of the word," said Wilson. "Artists struggle for years to break through and succeed. They pour their heart and soul into their music, only to find impostors stealing their art. I appreciate the work that NFWL and its women legislators are doing to protect consumers."

Legislation in support of the Truth in Music initiative has already passed in Illinois, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and North Dakota and is currently being introduced in several other states including Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Florida.

N.F.W.L. Convention After Party in New Mexico.

Mary Wilson Performing

Party held at the Govenors mansion.

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