The existing laws that govern music licensing are no longer working as intended for artists, songwriters, performers, music producers and record labels. Legislation has been proposed in Congress to update these outdated laws.
On April 10, the Music Modernization Act (MMA) of 2018 (H.R. 5447) was introduced in the House and on May 10, an identical bill, the Music Modernization Act (S. 2823), was introduced in the Senate. The bills will result in the most significant improvement of music copyright law in more than a generation. They will help make it easier for creators across the music industry to earn a more equitable living through their creativity. The bills combines three very important bills:
– the Music Modernization Act of 2017, a bill that would improve the compensation to songwriters and streamline how their music is licensed by creating a blanket license and a collective to administer that license, and make several improvements to royalty rate proceedings;
– the CLASSICS Act, a bill that would enable artists who recorded music prior to 1972 to be paid royalties when their music is played on digital radio; and
– the AMP Act, a bill that would enable studio professional to receive royalties for their contributions to the music they help create.
On April 25, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5447 by a unanimous vote of 415 – 0. With the House passing the bill, the focus now shifts to the Senate to act.
Below you will find a compilation of information relating to these bills, including copies of the legislation; statements and press releases; articles and other news coverage; op-eds and other information. To get information about any one of these bills just click on the jump link above.