Posted on April 25, 2018
*Click here or on the photo above for video of Senator Alexander talking about what House passage of the Music Modernization Act means for Tennessee songwriters.*
“We’re in the age of the Internet, and the laws governing what songwriters are paid are from the age of the player piano... The House has done its part, and now the Senate must do our job so this bill will be able to become law this year.”
WASHINGTON, April 25, 2018 – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said “help is on the way for Tennessee songwriters” after the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would help ensure songwriters in Tennessee – and across the country – are paid fair market value for their work.
“We’re in the age of the Internet, and the laws governing what songwriters are paid are from the age of the player piano, but help is on the way for Tennessee songwriters -- thanks to today’s passage of the Music Modernization Act in the House of Representatives, songwriters in Tennessee and across the country are one step closer to being paid fair market value for their work. Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Nadler and Representative Collins were crucial in getting this House package through the finish line, and I’m grateful for their leadership,” Alexander said. “This House package includes bipartisan legislation I cosponsored with Senator Hatch that addresses two of the greatest challenges facing songwriters: One is that the arrival of the Internet has meant that many songwriters aren’t paid royalties when their songs are played, and two, when they are paid, they aren’t paid a fair market value for their songs. Our bill is also the first major bill that has the support of music creators, publishers and digital music companies. The House has done its part, and now the Senate must do our job so this bill will be able to become law this year.”
The House’s Music Modernization Act includes three bills: Senator Hatch’s Music Modernization Act, the CLASSICS Act and the Allocation for Music Producers Act. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte introduced the package on April 10, and the House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the legislation on April 11. Today, the House of Representatives approved the legislation by a vote of 415-0. A hearing on the Hatch-Alexander bill, which has 23 bipartisan sponsors, is expected in May in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Alexander joined Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who introduced the Senate’s Music Modernization Act on January 24, as a cosponsor along with U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Roger Wicker (R- Miss.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.).