Kanye West was not the only musician to visit the White House on Thursday.
Both Kid Rock and John Rich were seen at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. on Thursday morning before President Donald Trump’s meeting with West.
The two musicians were there for the signing of the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act, legislation that updates music and copyright laws.
“Huge day for American Music Creators! Headed to the #WhiteHouse to watch @realDonaldTrump sign the #MusicModernizationAct into law! @VoteMarsha was instrumental in getting this passed! Thank you Marsha! You fought hard for the songwriters,” wrote John Rich on Twitter before going to the White House.
Huge day for American Music Creators! Headed to the #WhiteHouse to watch @realDonaldTrump sign the #MusicModernizationAct into law! @VoteMarsha was instrumental in getting this passed! Thank you Marsha! You fought hard for the songwriterspic.twitter.com/HW20j6i2Vx
— John Rich (@johnrich) October 11, 2018
Rich competed on — and won — Trump’s reality competition series “The Celebrity Apprentice” in 2011. He is a former member of the country duo Big & Rich and has had hits on his own like “Shuttin’ Detroit Down.”
The Music Modernization Act is considered a landmark moment for the music industry.
The updating of copyright laws allows artists to receive royalties on songs released before 1972 and makes it easier for artists to collect on royalties owed by streaming services by going through an independent entity.
“Everybody knows this business of music is a very dirty business,” Kid Rock said after the signing. “There’s a lot more that needs to be done here. We need to go after the record labels next, and things like free goods. But this is a great start to protect songwriters, producers, engineers — the unsung heroes behind many of these songs that go out there. People like myself who are maybe more at the top of the food chain, it really doesn’t affect as much. But I know many people it does affect.”
SPOTTED: @KidRock enters the West Wing of the White House. pic.twitter.com/VlG6rXDGBv
— CSPAN (@cspan) October 11, 2018
“They were treated very unfairly,” President Trump said about musicians who had previously been taken advantage of because of loopholes in the laws.
Many within the music industry praised Trump’s actions.
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