The Allocation for Music Producers Act
The AMP Act provides fairness for Producers and Engineers
- Producers and engineers are an integral part of the creative process for a sound recording. Much like the director of a film, the music producer provides the overall creative direction for the project, as well as the overall sound of the recording.
- Despite their indispensable role in the creation of sound recordings, music producers have never been mentioned in any part of the copyright law.
- Since 1995, featured performers have had a statutory right to 45 percent of the performance royalties collected from non-interactive, digital music services.
- Subject to their contract with the artist, producers often collect royalties from that 45 percent because they were not included in the 1995 law for a statutory right.
- The AMP Act would codify into law, for the first time, the producer’s right to collect the royalties they are due, and formalize SoundExchange’s current, voluntary policy.
- The AMP Act would require SoundExchange, upon direction by the featured artist, to provide direct payment of royalties owed to producers and engineers.
- For sound recordings older than 1995, the AMP Act would establish a procedure for producers and engineers to seek permission from featured artists or their heirs to receive appropriate royalty payments.
- The AMP Act provides a consistent, permanent process by which producers and engineers will receive the royalties they deserve for the contributions they make to the creation of music.
- The U.S. Copyright Office, in a music licensing study released on February 5, agrees that formalizing producer payments through statute merits consideration.
- As the House Judiciary Committee continues its comprehensive review of copyright law, the AMP Act should be part of any effort to update and reform music licensing.
- The AMP Act is supported by The Recording Academy, which represents more than 24,000 producers, engineers, artists, songwriters and other individual music creators, and by SoundExchange, the independent nonprofit performance rights organization responsible for collecting and distributing digital performance royalties to music creators and copyright holders.