WASHINGTON — Landmark legislation reforming the music licensing laws, which Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley steered through the committee process, was signed into law today. The bipartisan Music Modernization Act, brings outdated music licensing laws into the 21st century and creates a fairer marketplace for songwriters and other content creators. It combines three previously introduced bills—the Music Modernization Act (MMA), the Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, & Important Contributions to Society (CLASSICS) Act, and the Allocation for Music Producers (AMP) Act. The package is supported by professionals across the music industry and makes a real difference for songwriters, recording artists, producers, sound engineers, digital music companies, and other music stakeholders.
“Though the way we listen to music may change over time, the lasting mark music creators from all generations leave with us does not,” Grassley said. “This broadly bipartisan package ensures that all music creators have the access to the royalties they’ve earned and that music lovers can better access these works of art. Thanks to the hard work of Senator Hatch and other colleagues, and President Trump’s support, we’ve addressed problems for these communities that have been entrenched for 15 years with this much-needed solution and reform package.”
The Music Modernization Act package was introduced by Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. The legislation was unanimously advanced by the Judiciary Committee and received overwhelming support in the Senate and House of Representatives.