NMPA Praises Senate Passage Of Music Modernization Act

September 18, 2018

Washington D.C. – Today the Senate passed the Music Modernization Act (MMA) by unanimous consent. The companion version in the House previously passed by a vote of 415 – 0 in April. The Senate-passed bill now awaits reconsideration by the House and signature by the President.

NMPA President and CEO David Israelite: “Today is a momentous day for songwriters, artists, composers, producers, engineers and the entire industry that revolves around them. The Senate vote marks a true step forward towards fairness for the people at the heart of music who have long been undervalued due to outdated laws. This was a long and complex process but ultimately the music industry has come out stronger and more united than ever. We commend Senators Orrin Hatch, Lamar Alexander, Chuck Grassley and Senate Leadership for swiftly moving this bill to the floor. Now we anxiously await the House’s final approval of the MMA and seeing it signed into law.”

NMPA Board Chairman Irwin Robinson: "The Senate's passage of the Music Modernization Act is the most exciting development I've seen in my career. Songwriters have suffered long enough and this bill will allow them to be paid fairly by the streaming companies that rely on their work. We got to this point because of the advocacy of hundreds of music creators who rallied behind the MMA and who will drive the future of the music industry. I look forward to seeing the MMA become law and watching the songwriters, composers, artists and producers who will greatly benefit."