Blue Wave or Not, the Midterms Are Good for Music


The Democrats now management the House of Representatives, the GOP retains management of the Senate, and practically everybody within the U.S. is upset about politics. But the outlook for the music enterprise in Washington hasn't modified a lot.

Several lobbyists and executives mentioned they might profit from having two longtime allies in additional vital jobs: Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) will grow to be chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees copyright (he was beforehand the rating member when the Republicans had a majority), and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn,) will take over one of many state's Senate seats. Rep. Nadler launched the CLASSICS (Compensating Legacy Artists for his or her Songs, Service, and Important Contributions to Society) Act, which grew to become the availability of the Music Modernization Act that created a digital public efficiency proper for recordings made earlier than 1972. Senator-elect Blackburn was one of many authentic sponsors of the Music Modernization Act.

Neither of those modifications quantities to a revolution. Rep. Nadler was beforehand the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, and if the Republicans had retained management of the House, the Judiciary Committee chairman was anticipated to be Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), a robust ally of publishers and songwriters who launched the Music Modernization Act. Senator-elect Blackburn was already a congresswoman. The music enterprise additionally misplaced two allies with the retirement of Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), though no main supporters of the Music Modernization Act we're defeated on Tuesday.

Senator-elect Blackburn was famously criticized a month in the past by Taylor Swift, who endorsed her opponent, Phil Bredesen. This morning, Rep. Blackburn appeared on Fox & Friends, the place she mentioned, "I hope Taylor will shake it off." (She additionally talked about the assist of singer Lee Greenwood.)

Both Rep. Nadler and Senator-elect Blackburn are among the many strongest supporters of the music enterprise in Washington. In an announcement on the election, RIAA president Mitch Glazier singled out Rep. Blackburn for reward, calling her "a robust ally for music creators all through her years in Congress." Rep. Nadler will now have the ability to place copyright reform on the agenda, though he might have extra pressing issues on his agenda: He would lead any doable impeachment course of towards President Donald Trump. Rep. Nadler and Senator-elect Blackburn most likely don't agree on a lot — Rep. Nadler is pretty liberal and Senator Blackburn is among the many extra conservative members of Congress — however in 2015 they collectively launched the Fair Play Fair Pay Act, which might have required terrestrial radio stations to pay artists and labels for his or her use of recordings.

That unlikely alliance says lots in regards to the state of the music enterprise in Washington. Although the enterprise has been related to liberal politics, partly as a result of so many artists and executives lean Democrat, it has at all times discovered supporters in each events. In truth, copyright is likely one of the few remaining bipartisan points.

Under President Barack Obama, many Democrats aligned themselves with Silicon Valley firms, which are likely to favor decrease ranges of copyright safety. That's modified, nevertheless, as extra progressive Democrats have began to query their energy. In San Francisco, the poll initiative Proposition C, which requires a tax on giant firms to profit the homeless, handed 60 % to 40 %. Although the availability has nothing to do with music, it reveals that know-how firms will be crushed — even on their residence turf.