Kanye West to Join President Trump for Music Modernization Act Signing
Recording Academy president Neil Portnow and Recording Industry Association of America president Mitch Glazier will also attend the event.
Kanye West will join President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday for the Music Modernization Act (MMA) signing, as the monumental music legislation becomes law.
Recording Academy president-CEO Neil Portnow and Recording Industry Association of America president Mitch Glazier will also attend the event, among others. The legislation signing is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. ET.
Earlier this week, The New York Times reported West was scheduled to meet with the president and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, at the White House on Thursday. That invite followed an untelevised pro-Trump speech West delivered while a guest on NBC's Saturday Night Live last month. Further details of the planned meetings were not reported.
Billboard has reached out to West's rep for comment regarding his presence at the president's signing of the historic music legislation.
The MMA is a multifaceted bill forged by compromises throughout the music industry that 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.
The Senate unanimously passed the MMA on Sept. 18 and, a week later, the House of Representatives unanimously approved the updated version of the bill, sending it to the president's desk.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.