Music Modernization Act

Music creators need copyright reform to ensure fair compensation for their work. Since 2014, the Recording Academy has championed comprehensive music licensing reform. Congress listened, and now you can help by telling Congress to pass the Music Modernization Act!

The Music Modernization Act, the biggest update to music legislation in the past 40 years, is currently under review by Congress. Impacting 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 would accomplish the following:

For Songwriters

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

For Artists

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

For Studio Professionals

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

For Fans

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

What Congress Is Saying

What Members of the Recording Academy Are Saying

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.

 

Recent Victories for the Music Modernization Act