Yolanda Adams is joining nationally-recognized songwriter Sue Ennis as Co-Chair of the Recording Academy’s National Advocacy Committee.
The committee serves as the voice for all music creators alongside the Academy’s Advocacy team in Washington, D.C., and is comprised of leading performers, producers, songwriters, and studio engineers, who work to determine specific policy positions of the Recording Academy and advance the interests of all music creators.
Adams brings a strong advocacy background to the committee. She recently testified at a congressional hearing on intellectual property, sharing her perspective on the monetary and moral implications of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s Fair Use doctrine. Adams also participated in the Academy’s 7th annual District Advocate Day on Aug. 12, advocating alongside nearly 2,000 music professionals for critical support for the music community as it continues dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re honored to have Yolanda lead the Recording Academy’s Advocacy Committee alongside hit songwriter Sue Ennis to help push forward vital legislation as our industry navigates the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond,” said Harvey Mason jr., Chair and Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “We’ve seen first-hand how music has the power to influence meaningful change, and we’re confident the Advocacy Committee’s wide breadth of backgrounds and perspectives provide a unique opportunity to build on the Academy’s successful efforts this summer in the fight for creators’ rights.”
Other Advocacy Committee members include Grammy-winning composer, producer, and singer Claudia Brant; Grammy-nominated artist Terry Jones; Grammy-winning engineer Emily Lazar; and Grammy-nominated artist, songwriter, and producer Rico Love. Chair and Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy Harvey Mason jr. and Chief Advocacy Officer Daryl P. Friedman serve as ex-officio members.
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