The Recording Academy’s District Advocate Day recently made its return with the first in-person event since the pandemic. The event aims to bring awareness to several key music-related issues and the artists/representatives advocating for the music community.
Serving as music’s largest grassroots advocacy movement championing creators, the event rallied nearly 2,000 Academy members across 45 states and reached over 75 percent of Congress. Organization members visited their elected Congressional representative’s offices in 12 cities across the country.
Among these cities was Nashville where music creators, such as Gramps Morgan, Cory Asbury and Ben Glover, met with Representative Mark Green to discuss four key pieces of pending legislation that focus on providing fair compensation and protecting free expression for music creators.
Some of the key policy items that were covered include the Restoring Artistic Protections (RAP) Act, which protects every creator’s right to free expression by limiting the use of lyrics and other creative works as evidence in federal court, and the American Music Fairness Act, which ensures artists and music creators receive payment for the use of their songs on AM/FM radio. Additionally, participants discussed the Help Independent Tracks Succeed (HITS) Act, which amends the tax code so independent artists can fully deduct the cost of new recordings on their taxes, as well as the Peace Through Music Diplomacy Act, which directs the state department to leverage partnerships with the private sector when designing and implementing its music-related exchange programs.
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