U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., joined a bipartisan group of senators to introduce a major music license reform bill to bring outdated music licensing laws into the 21st century and create a fairer marketplace for songwriters and other content creators.
The package, which is called the Music Modernization Act, S.2823, combines three previously introduced pieces of legislation—the Music Modernization Act, the Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, & Important Contributions to Society (CLASSICS) Act, and the Allocation for Music Producers (AMP) Act.
“The music industry in Georgia is legendary, and our talent pool of songwriters, musicians, producers, and others in the industry seems to be growing every day,” said Isakson. “The Music Modernization Act is broadly supported by performers as well as producers and distributors, and it would make a big difference in helping ensure that all of the talented people who play a role in creating music receive fair compensation for their work. I am especially grateful to Congressman Doug Collins for his tireless work on this legislation to ensure that outdated music licensing laws are updated for modern technologies.”
The legislation was led by U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and a bipartisan group of senators including Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., Chris Coons, D-Del., Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Mike Crapo, R-Ind., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Doug Jones, D-Ala., John Kennedy, R-La., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Bill Nelson, D-Fla., David Perdue, R-Ga., Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.
Isakson joined in introducing the first portion of the package, the Music Modernization Act in January 2018.
A similar package recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives by an overwhelming vote of 415-0. The bill introduced in the Senate on May 10, 2018, has strong support across the music industry and will make a real difference for songwriters, recording artists, producers, sound engineers, digital music companies, and other music stakeholders.