Trump’s signature of the Music Modernization Act on Thursday was extensively thought to be monumental for the music trade. But why weren’t any ladies current?
Certainly the trade has numerous highly effective ladies executives, lots of whom labored instantly on shaping this laws. And on the efficiency facet, ladies musicians are steadily dominating the charts — on-stage or behind-the-scenes.
Yet none of these ladies appeared at Trump’s White House on Thursday for the Music Modernization Act signing ceremony.
On the manager facet, there have been some obvious absences. ASCAP chief government Elizabeth Matthews appeared like one apparent decide for the ceremony, in addition to BMI senior VP Ann Sweeney. Apparently, Sweeney was truly uninvited, in keeping with a report by Billboard.
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Also notably absent was trade legal professional Dina LaPolt, who performed a central function in shaping the Music Modernization Act. LaPolt was additionally preventing to maintain the invoice alive by means of its many challenges, proper till the ultimate Congressional vote.
Whether executives like Matthews and LaPolt have been invited however declined is unknown.
On the artist facet, an extended checklist of male artists have been current — with zero feminine artists.
Kid Rock was probably the most high-profile artist of the set, and Trump was flanked by John Rich and members of the all-male Christian rock band Mercy Me through the signing. Sam Moore of Sam & Dave additionally supplied a speech, whereas former Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter was on digital camera for a lot of the occasion.