What's next for the Music Modernization Act?

By signing the Music Modernization Act in an Oval Office ceremony on October 11, President Trump enacted the first major changes to US copyright law since 1976.

That the creative community was able to agree on such a wide-ranging set of changes is one thing, and for the legislation to then survive attacks from SESAC and The Harry Fox Agency’s parent company The Blackstone Group, as well as from SiriusXM Radio is another all together. But now that celebrating the Act’s passage is over, the focus can turn to its implementation.

We know what the MMA is supposed to do, but what are the next steps?

It's time to pass the Music Modernization Act.

The Music Modernization Act (MMA), a collection of changes and updates to laws governing copyright and other music business-related practices, is tantalizingly close to becoming law. Final passage would be a great step forward for recording artists, songwriters, producers, and and engineers.

#SaveNetNeutrality

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced it intends to vote on December 14 to repeal regulations that prevent corporations from blocking or otherwise treating different kinds of Internet traffic unequally. The FCC’s effort to dismantle the principle of “Net Neutrality” is a misguided attempt to undo important regulations meant to “preserve the vibrant and competitive free market that presently exists for the Internet”.

Music-Preneur Mindset Summit

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I'm taking part in the Rock/Star Advocate's Music-Preneur Mindset Summit on September 28 - 30 in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Rather than focusing just on promotion, this conference promises to include education and support as part of its mission.

Join me and fellow industry experts for a weekend of self-care, industry education, community building and great music.

I’ll be talking about branding, copyright and licensing. There'll also be panels and discussions covering other important topics like running your own business, financial management, building your team, finding your voice, and finding balance as an artist / entrepreneur.

Click here for info and tickets. Group rates are available.

DOJ Makes Dramatic Change In Music Licensing

DOJ Makes Dramatic Change In Music Licensing

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) formally announced last Thursday that it would not make any changes to the language in the consent decrees that govern the operations of ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.), the two largest US performing rights organizations (PROs). This ends a two-year DOJ investigation into public performance licensing that took place at the request of the two PROs.