Issues & Policy

The only membership organization representing all music creators (and no company members), the Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Through advocacy, education and dialogue, the Recording Academy protects the rights of music makers and advances their interests on important policy matters.

From music licensing reform to protecting musical instruments, learn more about the Recording Academy’s work on behalf of music makers by clicking the links below.







Signed into Law 10/11/18!


Since 2014, the Recording Academy has championed comprehensive music licensing reform—a call echoed by an array of industry stakeholders and music creators. Congress listened, and in 2018 unanimously passed the Music Modernization Act. The bill was signed into law on October 11, 2018.

The Music Modernization Act, the biggest update to music legislation in the past 40 years, impacts hundreds of thousands of music creators nationwide, and future generations. The Act unites provisions from across the music community under one legislative umbrella to ensure advancement and protections for all music creators.

The Music Modernization Act accomplishes the following:

For Songwriters

  • Creates a new and transparent collection entity to ensure that songwriters always get paid for mechanical licenses when digital services use their work
  • Helps ASCAP and BMI secure fair rates for their songwriters
  • Establishes fair compensation for songwriters when the government sets rates

For Artists

  • Closes the "pre-1972 loophole" so that digital services will pay legacy artists the compensation they deserve
  • Establishes fair compensation for artists when the government sets rates

For Studio Professionals

  • Gives copyright protection to producers and engineers for the first time in history

For Fans

  • Provides fans with more access to music across digital music services due to better music data sharing

Support Music and Its Creators

What Congress Is Saying

Mar 20, 2019 – 4:42 pm

Congressman Goodlatte For The Music Modernization Act

What Members of the Recording Academy Are Saying

Sep 7, 2018 – 2:26 pm

GRAMMYs On The Hill - Music Modernization Act

Mar 20, 2019 – 4:50 pm

Justin Roberts For The Music Modernization Act

Sep 7, 2018 – 2:31 pm

Josh Kear For The Music Modernization Act

The Recording Academy first called for this comprehensive update to music legislation in 2014 during GRAMMYs on the Hill, with Neil Portnow testifying before Congress shortly after, encouraging its introduction. Since then, the Academy has been tirelessly advocating for its support. On April 18–19, 2018, as a part of the Academy's GRAMMYs on the Hill Advocacy Day, more than 100 GRAMMY winners, nominees, and Academy leaders met with nearly 60 Senate and House offices, including key congressional leadership, to advocate for the bill.


Victories for the Music Modernization Act