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MercyMe Comes To White House As President Trump Signs Royalty Bill

Thursday, October 11, 2018
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is welcoming K-LOVE musicians MercyMe 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.

Also joining the president were Mike Love of the Beach Boys, singer Sam Moore and Kid Rock.

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

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