Report: 08/26/2018

Hope everyone had a great weekend! 

From SONA's Executive Director Michelle Lewis:

  • Gearing up for a big week, starting tomorrow… when the #MusicArmy billboards go up near Senator Wyden’s home office in Portland.  :)

  • Continuing with the goal of Two-Thirds By Thursday… (only 5 more Senators to reach 66!)

  • And finally, amplifying the message to Senator McConnell that WE NEED A VOTE!!! (see Lauren’s note below)

There will be plenty of slides, pictures and letters to senators to share throughout the week!


From Songwriter & Podcaster Ross Golan:

"Hey guys! 

The billboards get launched in Portland on Monday. Salem to follow the next week. Portugal The Man begins their shows this weekend. If Wyden doesn't know about the Music Army... He's about to." 


From ASCAP's Lauren Iossa:

"Hi All --

We placed an OpEd from songwriter Ashley Gorley in the Kentucky Courier-Journal titled "A bill to help songwriters get paid needs support of McConnell, Senate." Click here to check it out.

ASCAP also promoting on socials - would be great if you could help amplify online.

INSTAGRAM - Please like or comment

TWITTER - Please like or retweet

FACEBOOK - Please like, comment or share

From SONA's In-House Music Lawyer Dina LaPolt:

"Great quotes by Steven Tyler on MMA" Check them out by clicking here.

"Here another where he mention's Doug Collins" Check them out by clicking here.

Please read, share and keep going!

More to come...

~Songwriter's of North America, The Music Army.

Report: 08/23/2018

PART 1: 10:46am Update

Some amazing news to report… we have TWO new Senate co-sponsors on the Music Modernization Act as of this morning.

Senator Peters (MI) - 58 - special thank you to Darrell Brown :)

Senator Markey (MA) - 59 - special thank you Dorchester resident and Markey supporter, Ellen Hanley, Kay Hanley’s mom. :)

Plus Senator Hatch, which brings us to 60 CO-SPONSORS!!!!  

Please feel free to thank our newest co-sponsors on social media for doing their part to help American music creators.  


Meanwhile, if we get to 66 co-sponsors we’ll have 2/3’s of the Senate on board and all the momentum we need to request a vote by unanimous consent soon after the holiday weekend.  

Let’s keep going!  We have momentum on our side and Senators Stabenow (MI) and Murphy (CT) are very close to co-sponsoring. Keep asking. 

AMAZING WORK EVERYONE!!! #MusicArmy  is on 🔥🔥🔥

Part 2: 8:39 PM Update

As you know, we had 2 additional co-sponsors sign on this morning, plus Senator Hoeven (NV), later in the day, giving us the magic number of 60… 61 if you include Senator Hatch. While all of the stakeholder lobbyists and representatives in DC, along with our MMA Senate sponsors and their staffs, have been working their asses off to garner support on the Hill for a long time now, they’ve told me repeatedly that the personal outreach from YOU - particularly in-state songwriters and artists with direct connections to these senators - has been immeasurably important in converting the “almost’s" to “yes’s."  

Let's name some names, shall we?  The big THANK YOU's for the heavy lifting done by: 

  • Kara DioGuardi on Senators Collins and Shaheen (and she WILL get Senator Warren, I know it!) 
  • Darrell Brown with Senator Peters 
  • Adam Dorn, Adam Gorgoni and Busbee on Senator Murkowski (the letter from Quincy Jones was instrumental in getting her support)
  • Kay Hanley (and her mom!) with Senator Markey in Massachusetts! 
  • Just as important as the co-sponsors, the Senators with “issues” - Gardner and Wyden - have been bravely taken on and pushed back at by songwriters and artists in Colorado and Oregon, led by Ross Golan and Ryan Tedder.  
  • And thank you to Billy Mann and Jack Kugell for easing Senator Casey toward a more amenable position as well.

On top of that - the power of all of you on this list... tweeting, posting, emailing and calling as we push toward the full Senate vote - has been everything.  

Thank you, thank you, thank you.  


Let’s bask in this moment with some thank you’s for now.  Here’s a thank you slide.


David Israelite suggested that if we can get to 66 co-sponsors by the holiday weekend, we’ll have 2/3’s of the Senate heading into September and well-positioned for a vote by “unanimous consent.”  Not a problem :)

Here’s the list of remaining senators who have yet to cosponsor… 

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Don’t forget to @ known writers and artists from each state and use the hashtags #SenatePassTheMMA and #MusicModernizationAct in the caption.  

The #MusicArmy continues to crush it.  More to come…

Report: 08/22/2018

Hi Army...

Today was amazing. We have FOUR new senator co-sponsors.


  • Senator Collins (ME) - 53

  • Senator Boozman (AR) - 54

  • Senator Shaheen (NH) - 55

  • Senator Murkowski (AK) - 56


With Senator Hatch we are at 57! Can we get 3 more to co-sponsor by the end of the week?


No news (that I heard) on the CLASSICS, SIRIUS and WB/WS "issues," although some more aggressive #MusicArmy tactics aimed at Gardner and Wyden are being rolled out over the next few days. Keep an eye out for some different messaging and new content to share. 



Tweet of the day was by Steven Tyler (you know, some guy in a band from Boston).


Speaking of Boston… SONA has a great relationship with Senator Ed Markey (MA).  Tweet @SenMarkey letting him know if you are a SONA member and ask him what he’s waiting for! 



Next, pile on Michigan!  Both Senator Peters and Senator Stabenow are sooooo close. (Thank you Darrell Brown!).  Tag Michigan artists and let them know their senators are waiting to hear from them about the MMA.  Shouldn’t be hard to think of great ones… Hello, Detroit???

And while you’re at it, holler at Senator Cardin (MD).  He is close as well.

Tweet @wearesonala if you need anything from us - shareable slides, Senate office contact info, MMA info, etc.


Come on, Army!  Piece of cake… :)

Report: 08/19/2018


Let’s begin with the Co-Sponsor Count!

Senator Smith (MN) agreed to co-sponsor today.  Was Dan Wilson the clincher or was it Jimmy Jam?  Who knows, but it was probably a combo plus the outpouring of Minnesotans who called, tweeted and sent emails. Nice!!! 

It looks like we got Senator Gillibrand (NY) to co-sponsor as well!  (Still awaiting confirmation from Hatch’s office, so no victory laps yet!)

And so we’re ending this week at 52 co-sponsors.  Wow.

From Lauren Iossa (ASCAP) - Adding to the mix, ASCAP continues to push hard on socials with our campaign and we have done a recent slate of grassroots now in all 50 states with targeted messaging in several states.  Paul also enlisted Jason Mraz to sign a personal letter to Senator Warner (which he has done -- we will deliver today or Monday).  And, we are placing an OpEd by Ashley Gorley in one of the big Kentucky papers (we hope) to put some home state pressure on McConnell. Paul Williams is also doing personalized letters to all Senators who have not yet co-signed which we will also have hand delivered.

From Busbee: Quincy Jones has written letters to send to Senators Gardner, Wyden, Schumer, Warren, and Gillibrand.

(as an aside, SONA’s Adam Dorn and Adam Gorgoni were consulted on the letters and helped draft them) #Teamwork!


Targeted States - We’ve been making lists of well-known artists and songwriters to tag in the slide caption and we’ll keep adding.



John Mayer 

Brian Yale/Rob Thomas - Matchbox 20

Chris Carrabba - lead singer Dashboard Confessional

Richard and Karen Carpenter - born there

Peter Tork

Liz Phair (born there)

Infuriating and sad, but true Tweet of the Day:


Mark McGrath - Sugar Ray (born there)

Thurston Moore - Sonic Youth

Steve Porcaro - Toto

Michael Bolton 

Roger Glover - Deep Purple 

The Alternate Roots

Fates Warning - metal band

Keith Richards - 

Paul Simon and Edie Brickell 

Ed Toth - Doobie Bros

And our own Billy Mann lives there (but Philly born and raised!)


Personal calls from well-known artists and songwriters are really having an effect.  Many of you receiving these updates have replied to tell me about your personal calls to senate offices! Thank you!  We know they are working!


Beka Tischker will help with MTSU and Belmont in Nashville


  • Keep targeting states, their local artists and songwriters and senators over the weekend
  • VMA participants and friends of participants - get someone to say something about the MMA during the award ceremony this weekend!  It’s national television, for f$%k sake!
  • On Monday we’ll blast the Revolution Messaging call tool 110%, feat. Maren Morris! 
  • Many music college students will be back on campus next week - so we’ll begin the student outreach next week.

Nice work everyone…  Whew.  Have a great weekend!

Report: 08/15/2018

First - An MMA Update from Senator Hatch’s office:  

We are currently at 48 co-sponsors after Senators Moran (KS) and Scott (SC), both Republicans, co-sponsored last week.

Senators Close to Sponsoring: 

Maine - Senator Susan Collins - (202) 224 - 2523

NebraskaSenator Deb Fischer  (202) 224 - 6551

Alaska - Senator Lisa Murkowski (202) 224 - 6665

Minnesota - Sen. Tina Smith (202) 224 - 5641


There are still remaining issues:

1) Blackstone - language getting hammered out, waiting for sign off. Still no Senator Cruz

2) Senator Wyden Bill -  RIAA waiting to hear on a compromise proposal


3) Senator Gardener and SIRIUS - Liberty Media - wants Hatch office to talk to Sirius 


Speaking of Senator Gardner, check out the screenshot of what Ryan Tedder did!

Desmond Child posted on the Latin Songwriter Hall of Fame website, headquartered in Miami and targeting Senator Cruz,  check that out here.

SONA Exec Committee member Jack Kugell got some amazing acts to spread the word in support of the CLASSICS Act!


Report: 08/14/2018

Today was strong!

WSJ - "Jody Gerson, CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, says songwriter fees ‘are not where we want them to be.’ PHOTO: JOHN MICHAEL FULTON"

WSJ - "Jody Gerson, CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, says songwriter fees ‘are not where we want them to be.’ PHOTO: JOHN MICHAEL FULTON"

   Daryl Friedman & The Recording Academy hit hard today with this photo.


Daryl Friedman & The Recording Academy hit hard today with this photo.

Ross Golan launched #MusicModernizationAct Pledge with this.  Feel free to share.

Ross Golan launched #MusicModernizationAct Pledge with this.  Feel free to share.

Andrew Gould will be overseeing a school outreach - if you went to music school, comment on this post & hopefully your school will be next.

Andrew Gould will be overseeing a school outreach - if you went to music school, comment on this post & hopefully your school will be next.

And, we still need you all to


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