Songwriters Call for Music Licensing Reform On Capitol Hill During ASCAP "Stand With Songwriters" Advocacy Day
May 18, 2016 at 4:15 AM (PT)
Advocating for important reforms to federal music licensing laws and regulations, songwriters and composers from various music genres will be in WASHINGTON, D.C. TOMORROW, MAY 18th to meet with elected officials as part of the annual AMERICAN SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS, AUTHORS & PUBLISHERS (ASCAP) “Stand with Songwriters” Advocacy Day on CAPITOL HILL.
In their meetings, ASCAP members will discuss the challenges facing songwriters in the digital music age and urge policymakers to update the "WWII-era federal laws that regulate how songwriters license their works."
“We’re asking policymakers to stand with songwriters at a time when our future livelihoods and the future of AMERICAN music are both in jeopardy. Streaming has vastly changed music listening habits but licensing laws haven’t kept up with the way people consume music today, so songwriters are struggling,” said ASCAP Pres./Chairman PAUL WILLIAMS. “ASCAP is on the frontlines fighting for meaningful music licensing reform to ensure songwriters can continue writing the next great song, but we can’t do it alone. We’re asking legislators to recognize that songwriters deserve laws which enable them to be paid fairly for the use of their music.”