Trump is pushing soft music to appeal to ‘sophisticated people’
A soft music industry group is pushing for the president to include more of its music on the upcoming President Donald Trump’s budget.
The American Music Alliance, which represents the soft music community, is pushing the administration to include at least 40% of its work as a part of the budget, according to the Washington Post.
“Our goal is to make sure the president can listen to music on day one,” said Mike Piazza, executive director of the AMA.
The soft music budget would include music by artists including Beyonce, Adele, The Weeknd, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, The Chainsmokers, the Chainsmoker’s Boys, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Katy Tur, Chance the Rapper, and Lady Gaga’s former boyfriend, singer Bruno Mars.
It’s also likely to include songs by artists that have a strong following.
The Trump administration has been struggling with the budget as it looks to balance the federal budget amid a recession.
Trump has made it clear he wants the country’s music to be included in the budget.
The budget was first proposed in March, and has been met with opposition by music industry groups.
In his first 100 days, the president has proposed eliminating a variety of popular federal programs, including a $30 billion block grant to the arts, the $15 billion National Endowment for the Arts, and the $1.5 billion Department of Energy.
In the budget proposal, the administration included a call for the creation of a music budget to address the nation’s music needs.
“The president’s proposal for the 2018 budget is an important step toward restoring America’s music industry to its rightful place in the American economy,” said AMA President Mike Piozza in a statement.