It’s no surprise that Donald Trump has developed a strong friendship with Kanye West. We’ve seen their interactions and relationship grow throughout the past several months via news and photos of the duo circulating online. Today is the big day and Kanye brought football legend Jim Brown with him for a riveting chat.
What may be slightly more astonishing is that the legendary Kid Rock was also asked to join the President of the United States during a truly monumental event at the White House. This marks his first public appearance at the famous location since his visit with Ted Nugent during the president’s first 100 days in office.
This morning, at 11:45 a.m. local time, the highly anticipated Music Modernization Act (MMA) was signed by Trump at the White House in Washington, D.C., as the talented musicians witnessed the music legislation become a law. Recording Industry Association of America President Mitch Glazier and the CEO and Recording Academy President Neil Portnow were also present to experience this historic moment take place.
Moments ago, President Trump signed the Music Modernization Act, which will close loopholes in our digital royalty laws to ensure that songwriters, artists, producers, and providers receive fair payment for the licensing of music. pic.twitter.com/yeQxBI15V0
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) October 11, 2018
According to Billboard, “the MMA creates a blanket mechanical license and a centralized system to administer it, while changing some considerations used in setting music publishing rates. It also compels digital and satellite radio to pay royalties on pre-1972 master recordings to labels and artists and codifies the procedure by which SoundExchange can pay producers and engineers royalties for the records it works on. It is the product of compromise throughout the music industry and has received rare support across sectors.”
Although Kanye and Kid Rock have not vocalized their opinion about the bill, we have no doubt that the two were present to show their utmost support for Trump.