Nashville Songwriters Association Joins Industry Support of Songwriter Equity Act

Posted in News on April 2, 2014

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) has joined BMI, ASCAP, SESAC, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) to support the Songwriter Equity Act in Congress. Lee Thomas Miller, songwriter and President of the NSAI, had this to say, ”The royalties I earn for the songs I create support my family, including my wife and four children. Most of my royalties are set through outdated government processes and not in the marketplace. Every American songwriter appreciates that Congressmen Collins and Jeffries understands this. The Songwriters Equity Act will allow songwriters and composers to be paid a fair market value for the works we create. After all, our songs mark the important moments in people’s lives.”

Since the introduction of the bill, which would update two important provisions in the Copyright Act to level the playing field for songwriters, the SEA has also garnered further congressional support in Washington, D.C., with five co-sponsors in addition to Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), the original sponsor of the legislation.

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