The Atlantic Music Publishing Association (AMPA) is a non-profit trade association that represents the music publishers of the United States.
AMPA’s members include the major music publishers including Warner Bros., Sony Music, Universal Music, RCA, Warner/Chappell Music, and Universal Music.
The AMPA was founded in the 1920s by the publishing industry to combat monopoly practices and to promote competition.
The association has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and has called on the White House to “bring an end to this unnecessary, unlawful, and anti-competitive business relationship.”
Since joining AMPA, the association has received multiple threats, including from President Trump himself.
The threats have been made in the form of tweets, Facebook posts, and online threats.
On August 31, 2017, AMPA president and CEO Richard Burt sent a letter to members of Congress, urging them to “call on your congressional representatives and members of the Senate to end this unnecessary and anti the public business relationship between your companies and the administration of the President.”
In the letter, Burt stated that AMPA members were “deeply disappointed that the President has chosen to terminate the AMPA partnership” with the White Senate Office of Public Affairs.
The letter stated that the AMPAs membership “has been in the forefront of challenging the administration’s policies and actions on behalf of the American people, especially its decision to terminate AMPA as an industry association.”
The letter was also signed by “more than 30 AMPA Members.”
Trump also made numerous tweets calling AMPA and its members “corrupt.”
The president tweeted, “They have been so corrupt.
They have been ripping off the American public for decades.
Now they have an opportunity to be free!”
AMPA responded to the president’s tweets with a statement in which it called on Trump to “cease these threats and stop the abusive, illegal, and unfair practices that the president and his administration are using to silence, intimidate, and silence AMPA.”
The AMPA was also targeted by the Trump Administration during its crackdown on AMPA.
On September 9, 2017 the AMPUA received a threat of a major boycott, which AMPA immediately responded to by contacting its members and urging them “to boycott all the music products made by the companies involved.”
In a statement, the AMPGA added, “The AMPA is the voice of music publishers and we are proud to represent the industry as a trade association.”
While AMPA has not received a direct threat from the Trump Department of Justice, the threats have led to boycotts and other actions by the AMPIAs members.
“The President’s actions against AMPA are a direct assault on the American music industry,” AMPA President and CEO Chris Lattanzio told Billboard.
“This is a concerted effort by the White Supremacists to destroy AMPA by targeting AMPA at the expense of other industries.”
On November 19, 2017 AMPA released a statement saying that it “is deeply disappointed” with Trump’s actions.
“AMPA has long been a leader in fighting for the protection of the industry and the freedom of expression of music.
We are deeply disappointed by the actions of the Trump Adminstration,” the statement said.
“We are urging the President to respect our membership’s decision and to honor his commitment to free expression and our strong commitment to preserving the industry’s ability to produce and distribute music for decades to come.”
The statement concluded by calling on AMPUAs members “to support AMPA in its fight for the free expression of America’s music.”
For more on the AMPEA, check out Billboard’s article: The Atlantic is a major publisher of music, film, television, and digital content.
The Atlantic was founded by James Buchanan in 1857 and became a part of the Atlantic Company in 1926.
The company has been the subject of several lawsuits, including one filed by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2015.
In February 2017, the company was accused of anti-trust violations by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which led to the filing of the antitrust lawsuit against it.
The FTC claimed that the company has “engaged in anticompetitive practices” by “fostering a monopoly in the distribution of music and movies” by charging record labels for access to its digital services and by engaging in a “monopoly-like pricing” for digital content, among other things.
In 2017, Atlantic was also sued by the U.S. Justice Department over alleged anticompetition violations, which resulted in the company’s purchase of a majority stake in rival digital music services.
In June 2017, a federal judge ruled that the antitrust case against Atlantic should be dismissed.
Atlantic CEO Richard Simmons told Billboard that the decision was “the right one” and that the court’s decision “cancels the antitrust suit.” In January