Alexander: House Committee Approval of Bipartisan Bill Will Help Ensure Songwriters Are Paid Fair Market Value

Posted on April 11, 2018

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2018 – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said approval of the Music Modernization Act by the House Judiciary Committee puts the bill “on a path to becoming law and helping ensure Tennessee songwriters – and songwriters across the country -- are paid fair market value for their work.”

“Today’s unanimous approval of the Music Modernization Act by the House Judiciary Committee puts the bill on a path to becoming law and helping ensure Tennessee’s songwriters – and songwriters across the country – are paid fair market value for their work. 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,” Alexander said. “Our bill is also the first major bill that has the support of music creators, publishers and digital music companies. I’m hopeful this bill, with such broad support in both the House and Senate, will be able to pass this spring.”

Today, the House Judiciary Committee approved the Music Modernization Act -- by a unanimous vote of 32-0 -- which included three bills: Sen. Hatch’s Music Modernization Act, the CLASSICS Act and the Allocation for Music Producers Act. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte introduced the package yesterday, and Senator Alexander said, “Chairman Goodlatte’s support for this legislation is crucial, and the House committee’s vote on this package of bills is a major step toward turning our songwriters legislation into law this year.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to hold a hearing on the legislation within the next few weeks.

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).  

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