President Trump is signing the Music Modernization Act today, which is a win for artists who want to be fairly compensated for their work.
According to Rolling Stone it will “accomplish three key things: making sure songwriters and artists receive royalties on songs recorded before 1972; allocating royalties for music producers; and updating licensing and royalty rules for streaming services to pay rights-holders in a more streamlined fashion, primarily by setting up an independent entity that will handle much of the work. Under the act, music creators will be paid more and will have a more secure way of collecting all that they’re due.”
On hand for the signing today is Kid Rock, Kanye West, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow and Recording Industry Association of America president Mitch Glazier.
While Kid Rock was walking in the White House, a reporter yelled a question at him, asking the singer if Trump should fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The response was classic Kid Rock as he shouted back “He should fire you.”
Just spotted entering the West Wing. Kid Rock. pic.twitter.com/799giRpGbm
— Kelly Daschle (@kellydaschle) October 11, 2018
From @johnrobertsFox at the WH “As Kid Rock walked into the West Wing, someone shouted a question asking whether POTUS should fire Jeff Sessions. Kid Rock responded back ‘he should fire you.’ “. It’s Thursday in Washington.
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) October 11, 2018
Kid Rock is here in Roosevelt Room for bill signing.
Hatch-Goodlatte Music Modernization Act ensures “artists who released records prior to 1972 are paid royalties from digital services, and streamlining the process for those services to obtain music-licensing rights,” WH says. pic.twitter.com/FeL2oUkpMS
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) October 11, 2018
The President is expected to have lunch later with Kanye West, who’s been an outspoken Trump supporter as of late.