The Music Modernization Act will reform our outdated music licensing system and give music creators an opportunity to obtain compensation that more accurately reflects the value of music in a free market.
BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews Issue Open Letter to the Industry on Consent Decree Reform
With the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) poised to seek public comment in its review of the BMI and ASCAP consent decrees, there has been much discussion and concern throughout the industry about the potential long-term impact.
Industry Groups Announce Initiative to Keep Songwriters & Publishers in Charge of New Music Licensing Collective
The National Music Publishers Association, Nashville Songwriters Association International and Songwriters of North America have announced a campaign to gain support for their industry-consensus Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) submission to the US Copyright Office. The submission creates the collective body required by the Music Modernization Act to license and administer mechanical rights. For songwriters, composers and music publishers, it is important to demonstrate support for this application so this important collective is guided by the creative community.
The Music Modernization Act Is Now Law: ASCAP Statements on Presidential Approval
President Donald J. Trump today signed into law the Music Modernization Act, a comprehensive bill that aims to reform our outdated music licensing system and give music creators an opportunity to obtain compensation that more accurately reflects the value of music.
ASCAP Statement on Development with Music Modernization Act
The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), the Songwriters of North America (SONA), and SESAC today announced an agreement resolving issues with the Music Modernization Act, a comprehensive bill that aims to update the outdated music licensing system and give songwriters a better opportunity to seek fair value for their work in the digital age.
Songwriters Call On Senators To Support The Music Modernization Act During ASCAP’s “Stand With Songwriters” Advocacy Day On May 17
Johntá Austin, Desmond Child, Brandy Clark, The Beach Boys’ Mike Love, Suzanne Vega, Paul Williams and other award-winning American songwriters urge Congress to vote in favor of bipartisan music reform bill.
Jason Mraz, Brandy Clark, Michael McDonald, Suzanne Vega, Mike Love, Johntá Austin and More Perform at The ASCAP Foundation’s 10th Annual “We Write The Songs” at Library Of Congress On May 16
The evening celebrates the gift by The ASCAP Foundation to the Library of Congress of the original manuscripts, lead sheets, lyrics sheets, photos and letters of some of America’s greatest creators of words and music.
ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews Statement on House Passage of the Music Modernization Act HR 5447
On April 25, the House of Representatives passed the Music Modernization Act—an important bipartisan piece of legislation that will give songwriters a fair chance at fair compensation in the digital age. Read the statement from ASCAP CEO Beth Matthews regarding this important step in the legislative process.
Deadline Passes for DOJ Appeal: Fractional Licensing Decision Stands
On March 19, the deadline passed for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to file an appeal with the US Supreme Court regarding fractional licensing under the PRO consent decrees. As no appeal was filed by the DOJ, the final decision of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals stands that the consent decrees allow ASCAP and BMI to continue to engage in the historic practice of fractional licensing.
I, along with thousands of other songwriters, support the Songwriter Equity Act. I firmly believe it is a smart and reasonable step toward creating a fair system that benefits everyone in the music chain — music creators, music licensees and music fans — rather than pitting us against one another.