NMPA Praises Senate Introduction Of Music Modernization Act Package
The National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA) today welcomed the introduction of S. 2823, the Music Modernization Act (MMA), by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT). Original cosponsors include Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chris Coons (D-DE), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Kennedy (R-LA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Bob Corker (R-TN), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Doug Jones (D-AL), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and David Perdue (R-GA).The bill mirrors the package of music licensing reform bills recently passed unanimously by the House of Representatives by a vote of 415 - 0 and includes S. 2334, the Music Modernization Act, S. 2393, the CLASSICS (Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, & Important Contributions to Society) Act and S. 2625, the AMP (Allocation for Music Producers) Act. NMPA President & CEO David Israelite released the following statement praising the introduction. "The introduction of the Music Modernization Act package in the Senate is a massive step forward for songwriters. Senators Orrin Hatch, Chuck Grassley, Sheldon Whitehouse, Lamar Alexander, Roy Blunt, Chris Coons, John Kennedy, Kamala Harris, Bob Corker, Dick Durbin, Johnny Isakson, Patrick Leahy, Mike Crapo, Doug Jones, Thom Tillis, Bill Nelson, Shelley Moore Capito and David Perdue have done music creators a great service by sponsoring a music licensing package which will help not only songwriters and composers but also producers and legacy artists. The bill improves both how and how much songwriters are paid while increasing transparency and enabling digital music platforms to thrive. The MMA represents unprecedented consensus around necessary updates to how music creators are valued, and we look forward to seeing it become law."