Statement from NMPA President and CEO David Israelite Re: Introduction of Performance Rights Act in House and Senate

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy and House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers today introduced the Performance Rights Act in both chambers (S. 379 and H.R. 848). The bill would create a sound recording performance right in terrestrial radio.

“The National Music Publishers’ Association has proposed a concept called, 'One Music', urging the entire music community to be supportive of each other regarding the value of music,” Israelite said. “Therefore, we support the efforts of Chairman Leahy and Chairman Conyers in introducing this bill. We are pleased the bill introduced today includes some protections so songwriters are not harmed in the process of fairly compensating performers and record labels – a must for any such legislation.

“We will continue to work closely with lawmakers and our partners in the music industry as this legislation moves through the process to make sure songwriters are not adversely affected.”

About the NMPA
Founded in 1917, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) is a trade association representing American music publishers. The NMPA’s mandate is to protect and advance the interests of music publishers and their songwriter partners in matters relating to the domestic and global protection of music copyrights.

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