Nobody is counting chickens just yet when it comes to the Music Modernization Act, given that its final hurdle to become law is President Trump’s signature. But music-industry bodies are confident that there won’t be any issues when the MMA reaches the president’s desk, having been unanimously approved yesterday by the US House of Representatives. This follows its progress through the US Senate last week.
“With this final House vote, another chapter in the journey of this critical legislation comes to a close,” said RIAA president Mitch Glazier in a statement thanking politicians for their work on the legislation.
“This was not an easy process, but it has galvanised the entire industry behind the songwriters, artists, producers and composers whose voices carried this bill across this threshold,” said NMPA boss David Israelite. “Now, only days stand between tonight’s House vote and this bill becoming law.”
The Recording Academy is planning to hold a ‘coast-to-coast toast’ on Thursday to celebrate the progress of the MMA. We only hope that the ongoing soap-opera around President Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election doesn’t put a final spanner in the works: intense speculation about Trump possibly firing deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who has oversight of Mueller’s investigation, is now focusing on a meeting between Trump and Rosenstein this Thursday. If a constitutional crisis ensues, we can only hope the MMA is signed off beforehand.