Congress & PROs Intro Songwriter Equity Act
February 28, 2014

Exciting legislation is afoot for songwriters whose work ranges beyond commercial horizons. Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA) introduced a bill this week to help bring songwriters’ mechanical and public performance royalty rates into the 21st Century.

Known as the Songwriter Equity Act, the legislation has excellent timing within the current copyright-review whirlwind going on in the Capitol right now.

According to NMPA President and CEO David Israelite, the intent is for mechanical and public performance royalties to resemble the 50/50 splits now enjoyed with sync licenses for TV and film.

“The Songwriter Equity Act represents an important step to inject fairness into a process that is undeniably stacked against songwriters and publishers, and I applaud Congressman Collins for his leadership on the issue,” said Isrealite at a press conference on Feb. 25th.

We will be sure to keep you up to date as this outstanding legislative initiative gains momentum through the halls of Washington. In the meantime, be sure to contact your congressional representatives and let them know this isn’t just some random bill on Capitol Hill!

Details about Songwriter Equity Act @ Billboard…
David Isrealite Explains Bill’s Historical Importance @ YouTube…
‘I’m Just a Bill’ (Schoolhouse Rock) @ YouTube…

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  1. This is an excellent step forward for music creators to get what they have worked for. We spend years working on our craft and to have it cheapened after we do get a song cut is not right. Well done to all who are working on behalf of songwriters and publishers.