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Fair Royalties for Songwriters: How You Can Take Action

Posted in News on July 9, 2015
Pictured: BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill, BMI songwriter Mac Davis, Representative Doug Collins (R-GA), Representative Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) and NSAI President and BMI songwriter Lee Thomas Miller in Collins' D.C. office in April.
Pictured: BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill, BMI songwriter Mac Davis, Representative Doug Collins (R-GA), Representative Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) and NSAI President and BMI songwriter Lee Thomas Miller in Collins' D.C. office in April.

Protectors of songwriter and composer rights in Washington introduced legislation earlier this year - the Songwriter Equity Act of 2015/HR 1283/S 662 - to help you, America’s music creators. BMI has been working with these Congressmen and Senators, urging reform of outdated rate-setting mechanisms. This bill will help ensure that your royalties can be more closely aligned with other marketplace deals.

We need your help today to ask your representatives to stand behind this vital legislation, or thank them for their existing support.

On April 30, Congressman Doug Collins (R/GA-Gainesville), author of the House bill, spoke at a gathering of songwriters and composers and urged them to “speak up” and reach out to their Senators and Congressmen to enlist their support.

Don’t know your local representatives? No problem. We’ve made the outreach easy:

  • We’ll help you identify your representatives.
  • We’ve provided a letter that you can send as is, or customize.
  • And if you prefer to tweet, each representative’s handle is reflected on his or her individual website, or visit bmi.com/advocacy.

Why is your voice so important? With so many issues before Congress, Members always need to know what’s most important to their constituents at home – and that’s you.

Please write your representatives today and ask them to support the Songwriter Equity Act of 2015. It’s a critical step in fixing an outdated music licensing system and building one that fairly values your creative work.

Your voice makes all the difference in protecting the future of music in America.

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