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Is a Second Stimulus Check Coming? U.S. Senate Says ‘Not So Fast’

U.S. Senators have vowed to block the House-approved HEROES Act (H.R. 6800), which contains a second — and bigger — stimulus check for Americans.  But that doesn’t mean a second stimulus check won’t eventually be approved. Will Americans receive a second stimulus check anytime soon?  Already, the House of Representatives has approved a beefy stimulus […]

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Scam-Ridden Paycheck Protection Program Gets $250 Billion In New Funding — Will It Work This Time?

Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin (Official White House Photo by Keegan Barber) Is the second time the charm? After a first round that left most small businesses, sole proprietorships, and independent contractors without emergency funding, the U.S. Government’s Paycheck Protection Program has been replenished with hundreds of billions of dollars. Trump signed the supplemental, […]

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U.S. Government Pumps Over $8 Billion Into ‘Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, and Information’ Sectors

(photo: Tim Mossholder) The U.S. government’s Paycheck Protection Program has distributed over $8 billion to businesses operating in the arts, entertainment, recreation, and information sectors, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA). The Small Business Administration specified these and other figures in a recently released report. Approximately 1.7 million loans have been made as part […]

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Ticketmaster Slammed by US Congresswoman: ‘Worst Customer Service In Any Industry’

U.S. Congressional Representative Katie Porter (D-Ca.) Ticketmaster’s decision to quietly modify its stated policy on ticket refunds is rubbing a lot of people the wrong way — including U.S. Congresswoman Katie Porter. Ticketmaster has now been put on blast by U.S. Congresswoman Katie Porter, thanks to an extremely unpopular decision to withhold refunds from ticket […]

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Trump Signs $2.2 Trillion Stimulus Package Into Law — Early Music Industry Reactions Are Positive

President Trump has officially signed the much-anticipated $2.2 trillion aid package (the CARES Act) into law. The stimulus, which is the largest in American history, provides support to medical facilities, businesses, and individuals who are struggling because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New […]

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Ticketmaster, StubHub Execs Are Testifying Before a Congressional Panel on Excessive Ticket Costs

Congress’s continued effort to curb deceptive ticketing practices and lower ticket prices has taken the form of a comprehensive hearing, at which executives from America’s leading ticketing companies have been called to testify. A House of Representatives panel led by Colorado Representative Diana DeGette will question these execs—including higher-ups from Ticketmaster, StubHub, and Vivid Seats—about […]

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Federal Judge Allows Global Music Rights, Major Radio Stations to Air Their Antitrust Grievances

Global Music Rights founder Irving Azoff The legal battle between Global Music Rights (GMR) and the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) has taken another interesting turn, as a federal judge has allowed each of their antitrust lawsuits to proceed. GMR had been attempting to dismiss the RMLC’s antitrust lawsuit, which alleges that the performers’ rights […]

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Trump Signs NAFTA-Killing USMCA Agreement, Complete With Global DMCA Protections

President Trump has signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), expanding U.S. copyright law into Mexico and Canada. President Trump has signed USMCA, a trade agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, into law. The far-reaching NAFTA replacement includes a multitude of provisions pertaining not only to physical imports and exports, but to many facets […]