The Allocation for Music Producer Act (AMP) will be presented to Congress this week with bipartisan support. The bill aims to redistribute digital royalties in a way that fairly compensates producers, mixers, and engineers.
Previously left to their own devices when negotiating their fair share of digital royalty payouts, producers, engineers, and mixers would have a statutory right to receive royalties managed through SoundExchange under the AMP Act. The new bill will be formally introduced to Congress with representation from both sides of the aisle by Joe Crowley (D-New York) and Tom Rooney (R-Florida).
"Without producers and engineers, the music we enjoy every day couldn't make it from the recording studio to our radios and phones," said Rooney in a statement via Billboard. "Our bipartisan bill makes sure that hardworking studio professionals receive the royalties they earned in a fair and streamlined manner."
Congress doesn't exactly have a hugely productive track record, but when it comes to the AMP Act, both sides of the aisle should be able to agree it's a logical and necessary next step to building a more sustainable music industry.