June 28, 2018

Today the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to mark up the Music Modernization Act (S. 2823) with an amendment that requires the DOJ to consult with Congress as it reviews the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees and provides notice to Congress should it at any point seek to terminate the decrees.

MIC Coalition members worked with stakeholders in the music community to develop a consensus on this issue and we applaud the Senate Judiciary Committee for their willingness to include our agreement in the MMA. The bipartisan effort reflects a unified message from music users, including most recently more than 1,100 bars, hotels, restaurants and wineries who wrote to the DOJ asking it to preserve the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees in order to protect their ability to play music, host new and local artists, and avoid substantial marketplace chaos. The MIC Coalition is pleased to support the Manager’s Amendment as it is considered in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

This legislation is an important step in the right direction. The MIC Coalition will continue to work to ensure that the decrees remain in place until an alternative framework is established to ensure simple, fair and non-discriminatory licensing of public performances of musical works.