Music legislation enjoys rare bipartisan support.

Goodlatte, Nadler

The Music Modernization Act, introduced by House judiciary committee chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member Jerry Nadler, aims to reform music licensing laws in an omnibus measure that combines previously-introduced bills. The act is drawn praise from the NAB and musicFirst—a nearly-miraculous feat. For the industry’s part, NAB president/CEO Gordon Smith says, “NAB commends today’s introduction of the Music Modernization Act, which represents the level of compromise and consensus on music licensing issues that has included lawmakers for decades.” Meanwhile, musicFirst Executive Director Chris Israel asserts that the measure will “benefit music creators, services, and fans, while finally ensuring pre-1972 music creators are paid when their work is playing on digital radio and Sirius XM.”