Kanye West To Watch Donald Trump Sign Major Bill
Kanye West is to watch Donald Trump sign a major bill reforming music licensing and royalty payments after their meeting at the White House.
The rapper is scheduled to sit down with the president in Washington DC on Thursday, to discuss prison reform, manufacturing jobs and reducing gang violence in his hometown of Chicago.
Kanye West will also be present when Mr Trump signs the Music Modernization Act, a sweeping bill long called for by the industry.
The bill which will be signed into law combines three separate pieces of legislation:
– The Music Modernization Act of 2018, S.2334, introduced by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) in January, which updates licensing and royalties as pertains to streaming.
– The CLASSICS Act (or Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, & Important Contributions to Society Act), introduced in February by Chris Coons (D-DE) and John Kennedy (R-LA) to ensure that songwriters and artists receive royalties on pre-1972 songs.
– The AMP Act (or Allocation for Music Producers Act), introduced in March by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-LA) and ranking committee member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA.) with the support of and Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Kamala Harris (D-CA).
The act includes guarantees artists will receive payments for pre-1972 recordings and will improve payments for songs played on streaming services.
It emerged earlier this week that Kanye West would meet Mr Trump as well as his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.
The musician has been criticized for his vocal support of the president, while his wife, Kim Kardashian West, met the politician earlier this year and successfully lobbied for the release of a grandmother serving a life sentence.
Mr Trump recently tweeted praise for Kanye West, who closed a Saturday Night Live show wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and delivering an unscripted pro-Trump message after the cameras stopped rolling.