Songwriters fight to change music laws

Josh Kear testifies before a Senate committee on changing music law on Tuesday.

A Nashville man is taking his fight to protect the music we all love to Washington.

Josh Kear has written hits for Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw and other big-name artists.

Testifying before senators on Tuesday, he said outdated laws are making it impossible for songwriters to be paid fairly for their music.

“Creating music is my passions, but it is also my job,” Kear testified. “I go into an office every day and I write song after song because writing just one of two hit songs these days doesn’t forever pay the rent or feed your family.”

Kear is asking senators to pass a major music reform bill that would not only make sure songwriters get paid fairly, but would make it easier for them to be paid when their music is bought online.

In addition to Kear, Smokey Robinson, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Dionne Warwick, Darlene Love and Karla Redding also testified.

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