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Unity for MMA at A2IM’s Indie Week

25 June 2018

Last week, musicFIRST Coalition joined The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) at its annual Indie Week conference in New York City. The conference provides a space for members of the worldwide independent music industry to network and discuss the latest on the industry. The impressive performances at Indie Week’s Liberia Awards ceremony included Aimee Mann, The Dap-Kings, Funky 4 + 1, Sam Outlaw and Raul Midon.

Our very own Chris Israel, mF’s Executive Director, also took part in Indie Week, speaking on a panel with A2IM’s CEO Richard Burgess. Chris joined Richard in advocating for adequate compensation for music creators and urged the Senate to follow the House of Representatives by passing the Music Modernization Act (MMA).

“The Music Modernization Act is such an important piece of legislation. There’s so many people working so hard across so many different sectors of the industry,” Chris said. “Unity is a word that doesn’t get thrown around enough these days but it’s really a great example of that.”

Richard agreed: “It’s hard to ignore the buzz that our music industry is finally working together in ways never before seen. The music side has seemed to find a common focus on the idea that a fair share of the value that music generates should be returned to the creators and the companies that paid for those creations.”

The strong bipartisan support on the Hill for the MMA amongst music creators, publishers, songwriters, record labels, tech companies, and more makes it clear – the bill is a piece of consensus legislation that will finally update the outdated and unfair laws that currently govern music.

So now we’re looking to our leaders in the Senate as the Judiciary Committee marks-up the MMA this week. Join us in asking them to seize this opportunity to pass this historic piece of legislation, with unprecedented support, to benefit music creators across our country!



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