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Press Run Date - March 20, 2014


Pictured: Josh Kear (Songwriter), Marc Driskill (AIMP Executive Director/Sea Gayle Music), Congressman Doug Collins, Jessi Alexander (Songwriter), Darcy Anderson (Chief of Staff to Congressman Marsha Blackburn), John Barker (Copyright Society of the South Chairman of the Board/ClearBox Rights), Wynn Varble (Songwriter) / Photo Credit: Drew Maynard 


NASHVILLE – March 20, 2014 – The Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) Nashville and the Copyright Society of the South welcomed Congressman Doug Collins (R-Georgia) to discuss his sponsorship of the Songwriter Equality Act (SEA) on Wednesday, March 19th at The First Amendment Center. This member-only event began with performances by hit songwriters Josh Kear (“Before He Cheats” – Carrie Underwood, “Need You Now” –Lady Antebellum), Jessi Alexander (“I Drive Your Truck” – Lee Brice, “Mine Would Be You” – Blake Shelton) and Wynn Varble (“Waitin’ on a Woman” – Brad Paisley, “A Little More Country Than That” – Easton Corbin), followed by Congressman Collins’ remarks on the legislation and a question and answer session with the audience.  A reception sponsored by the Performing Rights Organizations ASCAP, BMI and SESAC followed after the program.

The Songwriters Equality Act would allow a “rate court” to consider other royalty rates as evidence when establishing digital performance rates for songwriters and composers. It would also adapt a fair rate standard for mechanical reproduction. It is widely believed that this bill is an important first step toward modernizing the music licensing system. 

“What has become a passion for me are those who write the lyrics.  They are penning what I might not be able to say but penning something that is inherently valuable.  They are penning something that has worth,” said Congressman Collins.  “We’ve got to get back to an understanding that what you produce with your mind, with your heart and what you share is inherently worth the price.”


About the Songwriters Equality Act

Sponsored by Congressman Doug Collins (R-Georgia), the purpose of the legislation is to "update provisions in the Copyright Act to level the playing field for songwriter, composers and publishers to receive fair compensation for the use of their intellectual property." The legislation would allow federal rate courts to consider the fair market value for a composition when establishing digital performance rates. Currently, fair market value is not one of the guidelines that the special federal court considers when it sets royalty rates. They are regulated by law or through consent decrees.

For more information: http://www.copyright.gov/legislation/


About AIMP Nashville


AIMP Nashville’s mission is to present quarterly educational/networking events that offer independent publishers and the Nashville music community collectively a quality source of education and business development that supports their businesses in the face of the dynamic challenges of a globally driven music industry.

To become an AIMP member visit our website: http://www.aimp.org/members/tiers


About the AIMP


The Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) is a non-profit organization providing education and information on the most current topics, trends and practices in the music publishing industry. Formed in 1977 by a group of Los Angeles music publishers, the AIMP has chapters in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville, that host regular panel discussions, workshops, networking opportunities and special events. Its membership is comprised of professionals in the music publishing and entertainment industries, including independent music publishers and publishers affiliated with record labels, motion picture and television production companies, music supervisors, songwriters, artist managers, marketing executives, as well as legal and accounting professionals.




Media Inquiries:

Trina Smith

Ph: 615-828-0709

Em: trina@megustamusicadmin.com

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