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What Went Down At GRAMMYs On The Hill 2022 In Washington, D.C.: Recap
On Thurs. April 28, the Recording Academy held its annual GRAMMYs On The Hill Advocacy Day, where GRAMMY Winners and Nominees went to our nation's capital to meet with nearly 40 members of Congress and staff to advocate for the rights of music creators.
The group consisted of more than 50 advocates including Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr., actress and singer Sofia Carson, five-time GRAMMY winning duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and other major names in music such as Sean Paul, Cordae, Yolanda Adams, Jon Secada, Gramps Morgan, Nneena Freelon, Emily Bear, and gospel group Take 6.
While meeting with these lawmakers, the artists got a unique opportunity to share their stories and discuss how legislation can have a big impact on the music community with the people in charge of passing said legislation.
At the top of the agenda for GRAMMYs On The Hill was passing the Help Independent Tracks Succeed (HITS) Act, building support for the American Music Fairness Act (AMFA), advancing the PEACE Through Music Diplomacy Act, and improving royalty rates for songwriters and composers.
Autumn Rowe, a recent GRAMMY Winner for Album of the Year for her work on Jon Batiste’s album We Are, kicked off the day by discussing these policies, and more, with Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA). Rowe, a songwriter from the South Bronx, New York, talked about the difficulties of pursuing a career in music in the 21st century. She stated that most people can’t continue to try and make it in this industry because of the financial and mental demands, as well as the lack of opportunities for women, especially women of color.
Furthermore, she stressed the need to pass the aforementioned legislation that would help artists, songwriters, and producers achieve their goals within the music community.
The advocates went on to spread a similar message in dozens of meetings with Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle such as House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Alex Padilla (D-CA), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-OH), Reps. Ron Estes (R-KS), Linda Sanchez (D-CA), Ken Buck (R-CO), and Jimmy Gomez (D-CA), among others.
Advocates also got the chance to meet with, and further celebrate, the 2022 GRAMMYs on the Hill Honorees Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Rep. Michael McCaul (T-TX).