New York, NY. (September 19, 2018) – The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM is celebrating the unanimous passage of the Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act (S. 2823) by the U.S. Senate. This comes on the heels of the also unanimous passage of the legislation by the entire U.S. House of Representatives (415-0) in April. 

A2IM CEO Richard James Burgess is elated by this huge step forward towards the bill becoming a law.

“The passing of the MMA bill is yet another example of what can be achieved when creators and their representatives stand together for fairer remuneration. A2IM is grateful to all the people involved in finally making this a part of our music industry reality. All creators should be compensated fairly and A2IM is a strong advocate to ensure that happens not only for independent artists and labels but for all music creators and the businesses that support them. We look forward to the bill becoming a law and giving all music creators what they have deserved for so long.

A2IM is grateful to both chambers of Congress for turning this historic and enormously relevant bill into a law. Without the support from the community of music – independent and major – and almost every Member of Congress for creating a bill that will equally benefit all American music creators for decades to come.”

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