Most laws governing the music industry today haven't been updated since the late-90s. However, 2018 is shaping up to be the year when America's music laws are finally brought into the 21st century.
Lawmakers from both political parties and in both chambers of Congress are working with artists, songwriters, digital services and music's many stakeholders to craft legislation that will modernize music policy. Bills in the U.S. House and Senate address specific legacy issues, such as establishing federal copyright protection for artists who recorded their music before 1972. They create a single licensing entity to administer music publishing rights for all digital music and ensure producers, engineers and other music creators receive royalties for their contributions to the music they help create.
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the newly introduced Music Modernization Act this spring, followed by the Senate soon thereafter. While the legislation has broad support, lawmakers need to hear from music creators and folks like you in order to get the legislation across the finish line this year.
This is where we need your help!
Please tell your Members of Congress that you support modernizing music and delivering justice for artists who recorded songs before February 15, 1972. Contact your elected officials in support of the Music Modernization Act in the U.S. House and the CLASSICS Act in the Senate.
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