When laws governing music-licensing were no longer working as intended for artists, songwriters, performers, producers and record labels, historic legislation titled the Music Modernization Act (MMA) was proposed to bring music copyright law into the digital age. After unanimous passage by both the House and the Senate, the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act was signed into law on October 11, 2018, by President Trump. Important changes that the Music Modernization Act will bring include the following:
Improvements regarding songwriter compensation – including streamlining how their music is licensed by creating a blanket license and a collective to administer that license; and improving royalty rate proceedings;
Enabling artists who recorded music prior to 1972 to be paid royalties when their music is played on digital radio; and
Enabling studio professional to receive royalties for their contributions to the music they help create.