Kid Rock comes to White House as Trump signs royalty bill

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is welcoming musicians including Kid Rock and country star John Rich to the White House as he signs legislation overhauling the way music is licensed and songwriters compensated.

Trump signed the Orrin B. Hatch Music Modernization Act on Thursday. The bill won wide bipartisan support in the House and Senate and is backed by the music industry. It's named after the retiring Utah senator, who is also a musician.

article continues below

Also joining the president were Mike Love of the Beach Boys, singer Sam Moore and the Christian group MercyMe.

The legislation creates a new independent entity that will license songs to companies that play music online.

The non-profit collective will then pay songwriters, including those who wrote pre-1970s classics before music copyrights protected their work.

Read Related Topics

© Copyright 2018 Tri-City News

Tri-City News POLL

Do you think legal marijuana will increase pot consumption among teenagers?

or  view results

  • CIVIC ELECTIONS

    CLICK HERE TO READ ALL OUR COVERAGE OF COUNCIL AND SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS

  • SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

    Subscription Club: $5/month or $50/year - Receive monthly deals from local merchants.

Sign Up for Our Newsletter!

Popular Tri-City News

Community Event Calendar


Find out what's happening in your community and submit your own local events.