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Kid Rock, Sam Moore, John Rich visit the White House as Trump signs royalty bill
President Donald Trump is welcoming musicians to the White House as he signs legislation that overhauls the way music is licensed and songwriters compensated. Trump signed the Orrin B. Hatch Music Modernization Act Thursday (11OCT.2018). The bill won wide bipartisan support in the House and Senate and is backed by the music industry. It is named after the retiring Utah senator, who is also a musician. Artists attending the bill signing included Kid Rock, Mike Love, Sam Moore and others. 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. Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander championed the bill.