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US music bodies welcome progress of Music Modernization Act


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The US Music Modernization Act (MMA) has taken its next step towards becoming law, with a unanimous vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee to approve it.

Not without changes, however: the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) noted that the bill now includes “increased oversight and ensure greater transparency in the operation of the Mechanical Licensing Collective” that’s being set up, as well as clauses to “promote communication between the Department of Justice and Congress regarding any future changes to the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees”.

Overnight, a variety of music-industry bodies welcomed the bill’s progress. “With the many important stakeholders involved, it is no small feat for the MMA to have made it this far,” said NMPA boss David Israelite. “When a community comes together as we have done, with no segment getting everything they want but recognising injustice and working toward a common goal, anything is possible,” said RIAA president Mitch Glazier.

“While there is still more work to be done to create a fair environment for songwriters in the digital age, we hope the Senate will move swiftly to pass a version of this bill that preserves the much-needed benefits for music creators,” said ASCAP boss Elizabeth Matthews. That’s the next step: for the full US Senate to approve the bill.

Stuart Dredge

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