ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews Statement on Introduction of Music Modernization Act H.R. 5447

April 11, 2018

“We’re thrilled that the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed the Music Modernization Act today. After years of work to educate Congress about how outdated laws are harming America’s songwriters, it is great to see real legislative progress being made with the support of a broad community of music creators and stakeholders. We thank Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Nadler and Reps. Collins and Jeffries for their continuing leadership in keeping songwriters a priority. We look forward to seeing the bill pass the full House of Representatives as soon as possible.”


-- ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews


The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP's mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world's best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business - from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With more than 825,000 members representing more than 16 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. Learn more and stay in touch at, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.

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