MMA passes Senate.

The Music Modernization Act was approved by unanimous consent, the first of the three governmental hurdles necessary for the measure to become law—the Senate, the House, and the president. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) sponsored the legislation, which cleans up and consolidates several disparate issues concerning music produced before 1972. National Music Publishers Association President/CEO David Israelite calls it “a momentous day”; RIAA president Mitch Glazier calls it “an epic Odyssey”; NAB president/CEO Gordon Smith congratulates the bill’s sponsors for “producing a compromise bill that will benefit songwriters, legacy recording artists, producers, digital streaming services, and music listeners.”