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MMA ZIPS THROUGH THE HOUSE

In these divisive times, there’s something every member of Congress can agree on, remarkably enough.

The Music Modernization Act is now just a presidential signature away from becoming law, following its passage late Tuesday by unanimous consent in the House.

NMPA topper David Israelite, who’s been working diligently in hopes of achieving this outcome, had this to say about the big news:

“After many months moving through Congress, we are thrilled to see the Music Modernization Act officially passed. Now, only days stand between tonight’s House vote and this bill becoming law. We thank our champions, Congressmen Doug Collins, Hakeem Jeffries, Bob Goodlatte and all of the members who again voted unanimously to improve the lives of millions of music creators and fans.

"This was not an easy process, but it has galvanized the entire industry behind the songwriters, artists, producers and composers whose voices carried the bill across this threshold. Music is at the core of our country and it’s edifying to see Congress work together to ensure those who make it can make a living in the digital age.”

Recording Academy chief Neil Portnow was similarly celebratory in his comment: 

“The trajectory of the Music Modernization Act has shown the power of music creators to effect real change. From its unanimous approval in the House of Representatives in April, to its passage in the Senate last week, we have seen unprecedented advocacy from the music community. With today's final passage of the bill in the House, we are one step away from the most sweeping music copyright reform since the 8-track tape era, and we look forward to this being signed into law.”

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