By Anthony Bartkewicz
Updated July 24, 2009 at 08:02 AM EDT

On Aug. 4, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear the Performance Rights Act, a bill that would require broadcast radio stations to pay royalties to performers for playing their songs, Variety reports. AM and FM radio stations currently pay royalties to songwriters and publishers, but not performers. Several performers, including Sheryl Crow,, and Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, have expressed support for the bill.