Department of Justice Formally Opens Consent Decree Review
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As sweeping technological and cultural forces transform how music is experienced, ASCAP continues to work harder than anyone to protect the rights of our music creator members.
The Go-Go’s, Don Felder, Felix Cavaliere, Andrea Martin, Kany Garcia and Sidd Khosla Perform at The Library Of Congress
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The Music Modernization Act will reform our outdated music licensing system and give music creators an opportunity to obtain compensation that more accurately reflects the value of music in a free market.
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Award-winning songwriters will convene on Capitol Hill tomorrow, May 22, to meet with elected officials as part of the annual American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) “Stand with Songwriters” Advocacy Day
On Tuesday, May 21, The ASCAP Foundation and The Library of Congress will jointly present the 11th annual “We Write the Songs” event at the historic Coolidge Auditorium in The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
On Tuesday, March 26, members of the European Parliament gave final approval to the EU’s Copyright Directive. The legislation will make online platforms more accountable and will set stronger standards for music creators online, providing greater protection and fairer compensation.
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.
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.
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Donald J. Trump today signed into law the Music Modernization Act, a comprehensive bill that aims to reform our outdated music licensing system and give music creators an opportunity to obtain compensation that more accurately reflects the value of music.
Today, the European Parliament passed Article 13 of the European Copyright Directive. 751 members (MEPs) voted on the directive, with 438 voting in favor, 226 against and 39 abstained.
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.
Read the statement from ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews regarding the path forward for this critical piece of legislation.
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.
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.
On May 10, the Senator Orrin Hatch reintroduced the Music Modernization Act. Read the statement from ASCAP CEO Beth Matthews regarding the reintroduced bill.
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.
ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews speaks on the reintroduction of the bill.
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.
From NAB President & CEO Gordon Smith, ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews and BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill
NMPA, ASCAP, BMI, NSAI, SONA welcome Senate introduction of MMA
ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews speaks on the new bill.
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.— Needlz