Washington, D.C. — September 10, 2019 — Today, the MIC Coalition released the following statement:

A U.S. Department of Justice official has stated publicly that more than 800 comments were received in early August by the Department in response to its review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees. In these comments, a growing chorus of voices — representing the interests of millions — shared the same simple but forceful message:

The ASCAP and BMI consent decrees are just as important today as ever and the Justice Department should stand on the side of competition by preserving the decrees in their current form.

The Justice Department has not made any of these comments publicly available. However, based on the submissions we’ve seen, a diverse collection of stakeholders — representing small independent businesses, consumer groups, cable TV providers and even songwriters — have joined the MIC Coalition and its members in urging the Department to leave the decrees standing without any changes.

The MIC Coalition’s members look forward to reviewing all of the comments when they are posted.

About The MIC Coalition

The MIC Coalition is a broad-based group of associations that represent millions of restaurants, bars, hotels, wineries, breweries, local radio and television broadcasters, digital music services, retailers and a host of other venues that bring music to consumers. Collectively, our members contributed a substantial portion of the combined $2.2 billion in revenues that ASCAP and BMI collected in 2018.