Congressman Thomas J. Rooney

Representing the 17th District of Florida

Rooney Commends House Passage of Music Modernization Act

Apr 25, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Congressman Thomas J. Rooney (R-FL) issued the following statement on Wednesday regarding the House passage of H.R. 5447, the “Music Modernization Act”:

“Though we may come from different backgrounds, cultures and parts of the world, music is the language which unites us all,” Congressman Rooney said. “American artists have contributed a great deal to the music industry, but are often bogged down by out-of-date laws which don’t allow them to be paid fairly for their art.”

The Music Modernization Act is a combination of three pieces of legislation: the Music Modernization Act, the CLASSICS Act and the AMP Act, which Rooney first introduced in 2015 with Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.).

The AMP Act aimed to give producers the statutory right to receive compensation for the recordings they produce through the letter of direction process. In addition, the bill would establish a procedure for producers and engineers to seek permission from featured artists or their heirs to receive appropriate royalty payments for sound recordings made prior to 1995.

The AMP Act was supported by The Recording Academy, which represents more than 24,000 producers, engineers, artists, songwriters and other individual music creators, and by SoundExchange, the independent nonprofit performance rights organization responsible for collecting and distributing digital performance royalties to music creators and copyright holders.

The Music Modernization Act, if signed into law, would correct lapses in copyright law and ensure musicians are paid for their work. The Music Modernization Act also makes it easier for streaming services to compensate artists.

“I was proud to introduce the AMP Act and am glad my fellow representatives have joined in support for this bill which includes that legislation as well as other bills to help our recording artists,” Rooney said. “These hardworking studio professionals need to receive the royalties they deserve.”