FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, D.C. — July 31, 2018 — The MIC Coalition supports swift consideration and passage of the Music Modernization Act (MMA) as reported by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which includes important provisions related to Congress’s concerns about the Department of Justice’s potentially terminating the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees. The MIC Coalition urges those parties that continue to have concerns with the bill to find a practical solution that allows this important, consensus legislation to pass.
The consensus that led to the MMA should serve as a model to solve other longstanding music licensing issues, like the lack of transparency that plagues the licensing of the public performance of musical works. One year ago this month, due to the important work forged by Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) through the introduction of the “Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act” (H.R. 3350), ASCAP and BMI announced to Members of Congress their intention to create a database of musical works that would feature aggregated data from both organizations to make information about licensing of musical works easier to find. Both organizations agreed that the step was necessary in order to bring clarity around song ownership data. The Performance Rights Organizations (PROs) explained that while the database would be launched in 2018, work had begun in 2016. It has now been a full year since that announcement was made, and we are anxious for a progress report on the status of this important resource that will benefit all music stakeholders.
We urge Congress and music industry leaders to continue to pursue transparency as a major foundation of a vibrant music marketplace.