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.
Alicia Keys announced on Wednesday the formation of a music-industry group for female advancement called She Is the Music, as part of her acceptance speech for the Icon Songwriter honor at the National Music Publishers Association’s annual meeting in New York.
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).
“This Is Me” From “The Greatest Showman” won the Best Original Song award at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night.
The song is the second consecutive win for songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who took home last year’s prize for “City of Stars” from “La La Land.” The duo also wrote the music for “Dear Evan Hansen.”
Composer Alexandre Desplat won Best Original Score for “The Shape of Water” at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night. To director Guillermo del Toro, Desplat said from the stage, “Your movie has moved me so much because it’s made of your humanity and your passion.”
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.
Just in time for the 10th anniversary of The Harmony Program, a non-profit that provides music education in under-served communities across New York City, Warner Music Group announced today an expansion of its partnership with the organization.