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Janet Jackson Honored by Missy Elliott, Aretha Franklin Remembered at BMI Awards

August 31, 2018

The 2018 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, held at Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center’s Symphony Hall on Aug. 30, honored Janet Jackson with the BMI Icon Award and featured a surprise appearance by Missy Elliott. The event recognizes the songwriters, producers and publishers of the year’s most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs.

In addition, the event honored the late Aretha Franklin, who, the performance rights organization noted, “Was part of the BMI family for 50 years.” Tamela Mann sang “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” followed by “You’ve Got a Friend” in honor of the Queen of Soul.

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Senate Judiciary Committee Unanimously Passes Music Modernization Act

June 29, 2018

The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to approve the Music Modernization Act on Thursday, paving the way for improved royalty payments to songwriters, artists and creatives in the digital era.  The vote follows last month’s unanimous approval of similar legislation by the House of Representatives, and clears the way for the full Senate to consider the act.

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Music Modernization Act Unanimously Passes House of Representatives

April 30, 2018

In what is being hailed as a historic day for music creators, the Music Modernization Act passed the House Wednesday, paving the way for improved royalty payments to songwriters, artists and creatives in the digital era. The bill, HR 5477, passed unanimously with 415 votes. The bill is overwhelmingly supported by the music industry, and has bipartisan support in the house, where it was introduced by co-sponsors Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).

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Hundreds of Musicians — From R.E.M. to Turnip King — Sign Statement Defending Net Neutrality

December 14, 2017

As the FCC prepares to vote on Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to repeal net neutrality rules, a vast list of musicians and independent labels —R.E.M., Neko Case, members of Wilco, Fugazi, the Kills and many more — have signed a statement in defense of net neutrality. The statement was organized by nonprofit organizations Future of Music Coalition and CASH Music.

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