ASCAP hosting ‘Stand With Songwriters’ on Capitol Hill

Desmond Child, Brandy Clark, The Beach Boys’ Mike Love are among the songwriters urging Congress to vote in favor of Bipartisan Music Reform

Award-winning songwriters will convene on Capitol Hill on Thursday, May 17th to meet with elected officials as part of the annual American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers’ (ASCAP) “Stand with Songwriters” Advocacy Day. They will ask senators to cosponsor the Music Modernization Act, the bipartisan music reform bill that passed unanimously in the U.S. House of Representatives on April 25th and was recently re-introduced in the Senate.

“While technology has completely transformed the way we listen to music, those who create the songs we love are disadvantaged by laws that prevent them from earning fair compensation in the digital age,” says ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams, an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe-winning songwriter. “With the Music Modernization Act pending in Congress, we stand at a critical juncture in our fight to protect the livelihoods of songwriters and composers. We urge our legislators to pass this important bill and give the music creators a chance to see the true value of their work.”

For too long, songwriters have had to work within an outdated system that over-regulates and undervalues their music. The Music Modernization Act includes key provisions that should ultimately result in compensation that better reflects the true value of music. In their meetings on Capitol Hill, ASCAP members will urge policymakers from across the political spectrum to support this legislation and discuss how these reforms will provide music creators with a more flexible framework that can adapt to the realities of the modern music marketplace.

The meetings will follow tonight’s “We Write the Songs” concert at The Library of Congress, sponsored by The ASCAP Foundation. The event features performances by popular ASCAP members who will be introduced by Members of Congress, including Johnt√° Austin (Mariah Carey, “We Belong Together,”), Brandy Clark (Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart”), Mike Love (The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations”) Michael McDonald (“Takin’ It To The Streets.”), Jason Mraz (“I’m Yours”) and Suzanne Vega (“Tom’s Diner”).

ASCAP songwriter and composer advocates on Capitol Hill will include Austin, Clark, Love, Vega and ASCAP songwriter, composer and publisher board members Williams, Joel Beckerman, Richard Bellis, Bruce Broughton, Desmond Child, Dan Foliart, Dean Kay, James Kendrick, Evan Lamberg, Leeds Levy and Michelle Lewis.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.