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Mastadon visits congress to push for new music legislation

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Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor and guitarist Bill Kelliher recently went to Washington D.C. to show their support for the Music Modernization Act (MMA), which was recently passed by a House Judiciary Committee and now heads to the House of Representatives for approval. The bill will update how music rates are set and how songwriters and artists get paid.

The legislation calls for a database that would “match songwriters to their songs, making it easier for creators to identify the use of their work and for music providers to fully compensate those creators and avoid copyright infringement.” It will also modernize how compensation for digital streaming is determined.

Dailor and Kelliher visited Capitol Hill to meet with representatives Doug Collins (R-GA) and Judy Chu (D-CA), who co-sponsored the bill.

Dailor posted a photo online of their meeting, writing, "In Washington advocating to multiple members of congress and the senate to pass the music modernization act . . . this reform is long overdue and very much needed to ensure fair compensation for our work."

Mastodon will kick off a North American tour with Primus in Morrison, Colorado on May 6th.

Story source: Loudwire

  • Mastodon won its first Grammy Award last January for Best Metal Performance, for the song "Sultan's Curse" from its 2017 album Emperor Of Sand.
  • Emperor Of Sand was released in March 2017 and debuted at Number Seven on the Billboard 200 album chart. The disc contained the Top Five rock radio single "Show Yourself."

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