AMP Act Would Ensure Studio Pros Get Paid

courtesy The Recording Academy/WireImage.com L-R)The Recording Academy's Daryl P. Friedman, Chief Advocacy & Industry Relations Officer; Maureen Droney, Managing Director, P&E Wing; and Neil Portnow, President/CEO join with Michael Huppe, President & CEO of SoundExchange, and GRAMMY winning songwriter/producer/guitarist Nile Rodgers to celebrate The AMP Act.

(L-R): The Recording Academy’s Daryl P. Friedman, Chief Advocacy & Industry Relations Officer; Maureen Droney, Managing Director, P&E Wing; and Neil Portnow, President/CEO join with Michael Huppe, President & CEO of SoundExchange, and GRAMMY winning songwriter/producer/guitarist Nile Rodgers to celebrate The AMP Act. Photo courtesy The Recording Academy/WireImage.com

The Allocation for Music Producers Act, or AMP Act (H.R. 1457) has been introduced to Congress. It would create statutory requirements for recording professionals (producers, mixers, engineers) to receive payment.

According to the Recording Academy, “The bill will create a statutory right for producers to receive royalties from SoundExchange when they have a letter of direction from a featured artist. And it will create a new process by which producers can request royalties from artists for older recordings when there is no letter of direction in place, if the artist does not object.”

Congressmen Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) introduced the bill, which was crafted with considerable input from the P&E Wing’s Steering Committee.

To tell your congressional representative to support the AMP Act, click here.

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