Music licensing reform gains momentum in Congress
The Recording Academy's Advocacy department works tirelessly year-round to lobby for music licensing reform on behalf of the music community they are honored to support.
Following GRAMMYs on the Hill Advocacy Day in April, which brought more than 100 music creators from across the country to visit with lawmakers and discuss the important music issues that impact today's creators, the Fair Play Fair Pay Act is gaining more traction with members of Congress.
The bill, which was one of the primary legislative focuses during GRAMMYs on the Hill meetings, seeks to reform music licensing for sound recordings in a logical, comprehensive way and close current corporate radio loopholes. How vital is this issue to the music community? The lack of a performance right in the United States is estimated to leave $200 million in artist revenue overseas each year.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) introduced the bill to Congress on March 30, along with original co-sponsors Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), Darrell E. Issa (R-Calif.), Theodore E. Deutch (D-Fla.), and Thomas J. Rooney (R-Fla.).
Now, as a result of the momentum from GRAMMYs on the Hill, an additional 15 bipartisan members of Congress have now signed on as co-sponsors of the bill: Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), Scott R. Tipton (R-Colo.), Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Ill.), Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Louise McIntosh Slaughter (D-N.Y.), Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.), and Darren Soto (D-Fla.).
"We couldn't be more pleased to see the momentum from Congress on Fair Play Fair Pay," said Daryl Friedman, Chief Industry, Government & Member Relations Officer for The Recording Academy. "Through our annual GRAMMYs on the Hill Advocacy Day and our GRAMMYs in My District initiative we have doubled down on our effort to inform legislators on music licensing reform, and view this progress as an important step toward closing loopholes that result in lost revenue for creators and our nation."