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Trump Signs Sweeping New Music Licensing Legislation

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed the Music Modernization Act on Thursday at a White House ceremony.

Kid Rock was among those attending the signing at the Roosevelt Room. Others in the industry had their invites canceled after the ceremony was scaled back because of changes in Trump’s schedule to monitor the devastation of Hurricane Michael in Florida and the continued threat of the storm in Georgia.

The bipartisan act addresses music licensing and royalty legislation, among other issues related to music rights.

“Certain entertainers have been taken advantage of, but no longer, because of Trump, can you believe it?” Trump said at the ceremony, drawing laughs.

Also present were the Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff Baxter, MercyMe, The Beach Boys’ Mike Love, Craig Morgan, John Rich, and Sam Moore. Kanye West was expected to be there, but his name was not called out by Trump at the ceremony. He was scheduled to have lunch at the White House on Thursday afternoon.

No women could be seen in pictures released of the ceremony, even though female advocates like Songwriters of North America’s Kay Hanley, Michelle Lewis and attorney advisor Dina LaPolt played major roles in moving the legislation forward.

The legislation includes a number of components, including payments to songwriters and artists for pre-1972 recordings, as well as increased compensation for works played on streaming services.

“The Music Modernization Act is now the law of the land, and thousands of songwriters and artists are better for

Article source: https://variety.com/2018/politics/news/trump-signs-music-modernization-act-1202976848/

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