Over-shadowed (understatement) by Kanye West's performance while meeting with Trump in the Oval Office was that a bunch of other music legends were also at the White House, including Kid Rock, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), John Rich, and Mike Love (Beach Boys). They were there to witness the signing of the Hatch-Goodlatte Music Modernization Act, which attempts to smooth the process of royalties and online music streaming services, creating fair rules, fair rates.
"It's my honor, hearing about it for so many years, and we're finally getting it done. And, uh, these people are going to become even richer than they are...They create some of the most incredible music, some great music, and they would not be able to benefit and that sounded, always sounded, very unfair."
Translation: "I heard about it this morning when they put it on my desk; I kind of get it, but not really; music, music, musicians, great music, music."
And Kid Rock said a few words:
"There's a whole lot of people in this country that do give you a lot of credit for everything you've been doing for this country, that we know some people don't give it to you as much as they should sometimes."
What is The Music Modernization Act?
"The Music Modernization act, or "MMA" creates a formalized body, run by publishers, that administers the "mechanical licensing" of compositions streamed on services like Spotify and Apple Music (we call them DSPs). It changes the procedure by which millions of songs are made available for streaming on these services and limits the liability a service can incur if it adheres to the new process. It funds the creation of a comprehensive database with buy in from all the major publishers and digital service providers. This would be the first of its kind that has active participation from the major publishers, representing a vast majority of musical works. It also creates a new evidentiary standard by which the performance rights organizations ASCAP and BMI can argue better rates for the performance of musical works on DSPs. (billboard)"
So, yeah, sounds like a good thing.
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