Musicians form new lobbying group

Musicians form new lobbying group
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Singers Dave Matthews, Anderson .Paak and Maren Morris are reportedly behind a new lobbying group to represent artists in Washington, D.C., and state capitals.

The Music Artists Coalition will help work through music-related disputes, according to Bloomberg, which added that managers Irving Azoff and Coran Capshaw, lawyer Jordan Bromley and publicist Kristen Foster are on the board along with the three singers.

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This coalition will be the first of its kind that represents artists, the news outlet noted. The Recording Industry Association of America has a footprint in D.C. and represents record labels, and radio stations are represented by the National Association of Broadcasters. 

“Artists don’t really have a seat at any table,” Azoff told Bloomberg. “Just the fact that we have a powerful group of people will scare everyone else to the table.” 

Azoff represents the Eagles, Gwen Stafani and Travis Scott while Capshaw manages the Dave Matthews Band, among other performers.

The Music Modernization Act was signed into law October 2018 to modernize copyright laws. A copyright database, which is included in the law, has not yet been launched.