Witnesses from around the music business are set for two House Judiciary Committee hearings that will help shape the future of music licensing. The first hearing, previously announced, will take place on Tuesday, June 10th at 10am ET. Billboard has learned that the second hearing will be held June 25th.
The hearings will allow various stakeholders -- so many of them the topic merits two hearings rather than one -- to present their views on how music licensing should be improved, or left alone, to further the digital music business. Although the topic and conversation may seem dry, the hearings will help reshape of the future music business and ultimately impact everyone from consumers to creators. To change how sound recordings and musical works are licensed could affect the economics of digital music for services, impact royalties for creators and rights holders, and help the creation of new business models.
According to multiple sources, the witnesses for the June 10th hearing will be David Israelite, president and CEO of the National Music Publishers Association; Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy; Michael O’Neill, CEO of BMI; Lee Knife, the executive director of Digital Media Association; Lee Thomas Miller, president of the Nashville Songwriters Association International; and Jim Griffin, managing director at OneHouse LLC.