Recording Academy To Keep Music Issues At Forefront With District Advocate Day

Almost two weeks after the Music Modernization Act (MMA) became law, more than 1,500 Recording Academy members are set to participate in the largest grassroots initiative for music in the nation—District Advocate Day.

Today (Oct. 24) songwriters, performers, musicians, and producers will meet with their members of Congress in their home districts, as well as numerous candidates in key districts, to provide insights on upcoming legislative issues and remind legislators that music creators live, work, and vote in their districts to keep music issues at the forefront of legislators’ minds.

Meetings will celebrate the passage of the MMA, as well as address legislative issues likely to come up in the 116th Congress, including:

  • Protecting music creators in international trade deals
  • Ensuring independent creators have an efficient means to enforce copyright
  • Modernizing the copyright office
  • Funding for the National Endowment of the Arts and music education
  • Resolving the long-standing FM radio royalty issue

“This year, a record number of creators found their voices as advocates. The result of that engagement was passage of the landmark MMA,” said Daryl P. Friedman, the Recording Academy’s Chief Industry, Government & Member Relations Officer. “Now, as we prepare for a new Congress with a large number of open seats, creators will remind incumbents—and candidates for seats from both parties—that their work has value in every district in the country, and their voices must continue to be heard.”

Noted District Advocate Day participants include Lady Antebellum member Dave Haywood; Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and producer Linda Perry; and country singer Maggie Rose.

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