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The Music Industry Writes a Letter to Donald Trump

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Ahead of Donald Trump's tech summit today, music community leaders published an open letter to the President-Elect on December 13, 2016.

Representing every corner of the music industry - from songwriting, performing and recording to publishing and managing and more - nineteen companies and organizations came together in the open letter to address the key drivers of one of the country's greatest exports and economic and job engines with the President-Elect.

The companies and organizations who signed the letter include The Recording Academy, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), America Music Association, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), The Songwriters Guild of America and more.

"As you meet tomorrow with some of the world’s major corporate technology executives, we wanted to highlight some points that are assuring the continued dynamism of music as one of America’s national treasures."

Touching on music's ability to power economic growth and drive innovation, the letter cites the latest numbers showing the music industry's contribution to the national economy, job market and landscape of technological advancement. It then dives into the areas that demand attention and work in order to protect and support the growth of the industry, creativity and technology.

The letter quotes Trump's stance on intellectual property and private property rights, and calls the President-Elect to help build a healthier, stronger market by closing loopholes and preventing the abuse of laws to underpay music creators.

"We hope you will lead the effort to assure American creativity is encouraged, invested in, protected and fairly compensated in a manner that carries out the exclusive rights guaranteed in the Constitution to those who, with the genius of their mind, form the cultural identity of our great nation."

The letter serves to emphasize the importance of intellectual property rights as Trump meets with corporation executives from the online spaces where they are most susceptible to infringement through legal loopholes - such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc. Read the full letter here.