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musicFIRST Coalition Celebrates as Music Modernization Act Becomes Law of the Land

11 October 2018

The musicFIRST Coalition today celebrated the signing of the Music Modernization Act (MMA) into law with the following statement by Executive Director Chris Israel:

“Today is a momentous day for the entire music community as the Music Modernization Act is signed into law. This achievement has been years in the making and only possible thanks to powerful advocacy from every facet of the music community. It was a movement that rose above politics and partisanship and resulted in a more effective and efficient legal framework for digital music services. Its incredible what the music community can do when we are united in voice and cause.

“The MMA is significant for many reasons, and especially because it finally put an end to one of the most egregious injustices in the industry. Music pioneers who recorded songs before February 15, 1972 — and until now have been locked out from receiving royalties when their works are played on digital and satellite radio – will finally be compensated like younger artists. It was a form of legal discrimination that with the stroke of a pen, today came to an end.  

“The MMA has pushed us into a new era, but we still have strides to make when it comes to ensuring fair compensation for music creators wherever their work is played. That means terrestrial AM/FM radio.  

“Members of the musicFIRST Coalition are in discussions with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) to try to achieve this goal. And we must. The music environment is changing fast and its high time terrestrial radio in the U.S. joins nearly every country and begins compensating artists as equals and partners.

“So, while we celebrate this moment, our work is not done. Together, we will continue to work to harness the same enthusiasm that led to the MMA to strengthen the environment for music creators well into the future.”

 

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