Music Modernization Act Introduced In The Senate


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After sailing through the House by a unanimous vote (NET NEWS 4/25), THE MUSIC MODERNIZATION ACT was introduced by Senator ORRIN HATCH (R-UT). The Senate bill, S.2823, is virtually identical to the House MMA bill, HR 5477, which normally portends for smooth and quick passage. The first hearing for the bill in the SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE and has been scheduled for next TUESDAY, MAY 15th.

“As the organization that represents music’s creators, THE RECORDING ACADEMY is grateful for the introduction of this comprehensive package,” said RECORDING ACADEMY Chief Industry, Government, & Member Relations Officer DARYL P. FRIEDMAN. “THE ACADEMY’s songwriter, performer, producer, and engineer members in every state will advocate for passage of THE MUSIC MODERNIZATION ACT, and they thank Senators HATCH, GRASSLEY, WHITEHOUSE, and all the original cosponsors for their support of music makers.”

The musicFIRST COALITION issued the following statement from Exec. Dir. CHRIS ISRAEL, “Today’s introduction of the Music Modernization Act follows the House’s unanimous passage of similar legislation and demonstrates that we are one step closer to enacting once-in-a-generation legislation that will bring old laws into the digital age and treat music creators fairly. The comprehensive approach taken in this bill for updating federal copyright law enjoys broad support in Congress and throughout the entire music industry. We applaud this bipartisan group of Senators for introducing this legislation benefiting music creators, services and fans and look forward to its swift consideration and passage in the coming weeks.”

NMPA Pres./CEO DAVID ISRAELITE released the following statement praising the introduction.

“The introduction of the Music Modernization Act package in the Senate is a massive step forward for songwriters. Senators ORRIN HATCH, CHUCK GRASSLEY, SHELDON WHITEHOUSE, LAMAR ALEXANDER, ROY BLUNT, CHRIS COONS, JOHN KENNEDY, KAMALA HARRIS, BOB CORKER, DICK DURBIN, JOHNNY ISAKSON, PATRICK LEAHY, MIKE CRAPO, DOUG JONES, THOM TILLIS, BILL NELSON, SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO and DAVID PERDUE have done music creators a great service by sponsoring a music licensing package which will help not only songwriters and composers but also producers and legacy artists. The bill improves both how and how much songwriters are paid while increasing transparency and enabling digital music platforms to thrive. The MMA represents unprecedented consensus around necessary updates to how music creators are valued, and we look forward to seeing it become law.” 

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