GRAMMY winner Jason Isbell has been an active advocate for the MMA
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Social Support For MMA Surges As Sirius XM, Music Choice Resist
In contrast to the ever-growing groudswell of support for the Music Modernization Act from world-famous artists, music organizations and advocacy groups across the political spectrum, a small faction of detractors have continued their opposition to the bill. Fortunately, the voices of support continue to outnumber those of opposition.
Two companies, Sirius XM and Music Choice, each oppose different portions of the MMA. Music Choice filed paperwork signifying the company had brought on a new lobbying group to oppose a change in the bill to establish a fair rate standard across all digital music platforms. The next day, Sirius XM followed suit, filing similar paperwork for a new lobbyist and turning their attention toward opposing both the rate parity and the pre-1972 components of the MMA
The pre-1972 provision of the MMA, previously embodied in the CLASSICS Act, calls for digital and satellite rate pay royalties for playing pre-1972 recordings. This portion of the bill would ensure legacy artists are rightfully paid for their work, closing a devastating loophole that withholds proper royalty payments for digital transmissions including satellite radio such as Sirius XM.
But the music and technology communities see through this renewed push from Sirius XM and Music Choice as the last resort it is to stop the MMA from passing. Across social media, users responded to the latest updates from @GRAMMYAdvocacy and raised their voices in support of the MMA after learning that Sirius XM and Music Choice continue to maneuver against the bill.
This organic social surge reflects the vast and bi-partisan support the MMA has earned over the past months. In the music community, GRAMMY-winning artists such as Maren Morris, Travis Tritt, OneRepublic, Steven Tyler, Adam Levine, and Jason Isbell have chimed in with their stance on the matter.
“What we’re seeing is the fourth quarter of the game and everything matters,” says Daryl Friedman, The Recording Academy’s chief industry, government and member relations office. “So the fact that [SiriusXM and Music Choice] are ramping up is an indication they’re concerned the momentum is growing for the passage of this bill and are going to do what they can to stop it.”
As the MMA rounds the final turn toward the home stretch, now is the time to speak up on behalf of comprehensive music legislation reform to create a better system for everyone.