Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
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The Recording Academy Celebrates The Senate Passage Of The Music Modernization Act
The Music Modernization Act has been passed by the U.S. Senate. The Recording Academy and its members across the country are ecstatic at the decision made in favor of the historic bill and celebrate for all music creators.
Today we all made music history! Thanks to our members’ @GRAMMYAdvocacy efforts the #MusicModernizationAct PASSED THE SENATE. We did it! Join the celebration: https://t.co/pwRP4MdzGO pic.twitter.com/SQaZdFX4zE
— GRAMMY Advocacy (@GRAMMYAdvocacy) September 18, 2018
The MMA, now formally titled the Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act, will create a new and transparent collection entity to ensure that songwriters always get paid for mechanical licenses when digital services use their work, close the "pre-1972 loophole" so that digital services will pay legacy artists and give copyright protection to producers and engineers for the first time in history, among other rights.
"The passage of the Music Modernization Act by the Senate is a historic moment for the tens of thousands of music creators across the nation," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "Since first proposing the music industry unite around a common bill in 2014, our members have lobbied in Washington and all 50 states to achieve this vision. When creators raise their voices for fairness, they make great progress."
Portnow and the Recording Academy have been strong advocates for the passage of the MMA. In 2014, Portnow testified in front of congress and called for comprehensive copyright updates. Since, the Academy has galvanized its membership of songwriters, performers, and studio professionals to advocate for the bill through several initiatives, including GRAMMYs on the Hill and District Advocate day.
"The passing of the Music Modernization Act by the Senate is a huge turning point," said Harvey Mason Jr., Recording Academy National Advocacy Committee Co-Chair and four-time GRAMMY-nominated producer and songwriter. "This vote says loudly and clearly that music and those that create it are valued by our government and its citizens. We are all so thankful for this step to ensure music makers are compensated fairly."
More information on what the passing of the MMA means for the music industry:
- Create a new and transparent collection entity to ensure that songwriters always get paid for mechanical licenses when digital services use their work.
- Help ASCAP and BMI secure fairer rates for their songwriters.
- Establish fair compensation for songwriters when the government sets rates.
- 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 more on the Recording Academy's ongoing advocacy work, visit www.grammy.com/advocacy