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MMA One Year Later: How Industry Unity And Bipartisanship Brought Needed Change
“Our success in passing this bill was the result of most parts of the music industry – songwriters, publishers, digital music companies and broadcasters – working together on what they agree on, instead of fighting over what they disagree about.” -- Sen. Alexander (R-TN,) Conversations In Advocacy #67
One year after the Music Modernization Act was passed, one thing continues to ring true: industry unity and bipartisanship is needed to continue advocating for music creators’ rights and to make laws benefiting them a reality.
Last week, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) addressed music advocates’ next biggest challenge and said it would be important to see the same unity the MMA brought to bring more needed change, such as establishing a performance right on AM/FM radio, because music creators’ rights "don't tend to fall along party lines."
But these issues don’t just call on politicians to come together, they also call for industry unity.
This week, Sen. Alexander (R-TN,) who has seen first-hand the struggle of songwriters seeking fair compensation, gave credit in the Murfreesboro Post to the different facets of the music community that came together to fight for passage of the MMA:
“Our success in passing this bill was the result of most parts of the music industry – songwriters, publishers, digital music companies and broadcasters – working together on what they agree on, instead of fighting over what they disagree about,” he said.
And it’s not just political leaders that recognize the power in numbers. In one of his latest interviews, "American Idol" season 8 winner Kris Allen said he is grateful for all the leaders that came together in D.C.
"We've made some strides in that, and thank God for people that were on the Congress floor making those moves," he told the Digital Journal. "There is more to go and more things to happen."
Allen is right, much more needs to happen and it can, if politicians and music professionals continue to leave aside differences and come together for what is right.