October 11, 2018 – White House signing of the Music Modernization Act
Billboard – It looks like the hottest ticket in Washington D.C. on Thursday is President Donald Trump‘s signing of the Music Modernization Act (MMA), as Kid Rock has been added to the guest list for the monumental event.
Sources tell Billboard that Rock will join Trump and Kanye West — whose attendance was revealed earlier on Wednesday (Oct. 10) — at the White House, to witness the music legislation become law.
As well, Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow and Recording Industry Association of America President Mitch Glazier will also attend the event, among others. The signing is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. local time.
Rock visited Trump in the White House last year with Ted Nugent during the president’s first 100 days in office.
Billboard has reached out to Rock and West’s reps for comment regarding their presence at the president’s signing of the historic bill, as well as their support for the legislation. Neither artist has been a particularly vocal advocate of the bill, but they have both shown ardent support for the president.
The MMA creates a blanket mechanical license and a centralized system to administer it, while changing some considerations used in setting music publishing rates. It also compels digital and satellite radio to pay royalties on pre-1972 master recordings to labels and artists and codifies the procedure by which SoundExchange can pay producers and engineers royalties for the records it works on. It is the product of compromise throughout the music industry and has received rare support across sectors.
Last month the Senate unanimously passed the MMA and then House of Representatives unanimously approved an updated version of the bill, sending it to the president’s desk.
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