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NOMINATION PERIOD NOW OPEN FOR SONGWRITER-MEMBER SEATS OF MUSIC LICENSING COLLECTIVE BOARD/COMMITTEES

ORRIN G. HATCH MUSIC MODERNIZATION ACT UNANIMOUSLY PASSES UNITED STATES SENATE
 
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (September 18, 2018) – The Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act (MMA), legislation designed to improve streaming royalty rates for American songwriters, cleared one of the final hurdles today with adoption by the United States Senate.  It now awaits only a final vote by the U.S. House of Representatives within the next few days where it is expected to pass and be sent to President Donald Trump for his signature.

Nashville, TN --- The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary today passed the Music Modernization Act by
unanimous voice vote.

“A huge thank you goes to Senators Chuck Grassley, Dianne Feinstein, Orrin Hatch, Sheldon Whitehouse and
many others. Songwriters desperately need the improvements in this bill that will ultimately lead to higher
streaming royalty rates and a more efficient music licensing system.”

CRB DRAMATICALLY INCREASES RATES FOR SONGWRITERS

NMPA & NSAI DECLARE VICTORY

SONGWRITER TOM DOUGLAS TO TESTIFY AT

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE FIELD HEARING

NSAI Member Testifies in Support of Music Modernization Act

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Thursday, January 25, 2018.

NASHVILLE, TN—Songwriter Tom Douglas, a longtime member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), will testify Friday at a U.S. House of Representatives Field Hearing to be held at Fordham University in New York City.

SENATE INTRODUCES MUSIC MODERNIZATON ACT
Bi-Partisan Bill to Aid Songwriters Continues to Gain Support

NASHVILLE, TN—The Music Modernization Act (MMA) was introduced today in the United States Senate.  The bill which makes several beneficial changes for songwriters in the way music is licensed and streaming rates are set continues to gain support.  

MUSIC MODERNIZATION ACT of 2017 INTRODUCED

Bill Addresses Songwriter Streaming Rates and Music Licensing

 

Alexander Tells Justice Department Official How Nashville Songwriters are Harmed by 76 Year Old Consent Decrees
Warns that Department’s interpretation of consent decrees “would turn the common, ordinary, everyday practice of songwriting in Nashville upside down.”
 

The U.S. House of Representatives today adopted new rules to select the U.S. Register of Copyrights.  H.R. 1695 requires a process to choose three nominees for the President to select from, one of whom would be appointed as U.S. Register of Copyrights to serve a ten-year term.  The bill removes the appointment for the Librarian of Congress.  The next step is approval by the U.S. Senate.

NSAI filed comments this week in response to a white paper released earlier this month by the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee entitled “Reform of the U.S. Copyright Office.” NSAI applauds Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers for their leadership in this important matter. You can see our submission here.

NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison is Newest Member of Copyright Alliance National Board of Directors

Washington, D.C. – The Copyright Alliance, which represents the copyright interests of over 1.8 million individual creators and more than 13,000 organizations across the spectrum of copyright disciplines, announced the addition of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) as its newest member.   

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has decided to appeal a ruling by BMI Rate Court Judge Louis Stanton who overturned DOJ’s interpretation of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees--where DOJ mandated the practice of 100% licensing. NSAI President, songwriter Lee Thomas Miller said:

THE NATIONAL MUSIC PUBLISHERS’ ASSOCIATION, NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL AND SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE CRB SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT