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ADVOCACY IN ACTION
GRAMMYs ON THE HILL HITS HIGH NOTES
Awards ceremony celebrates 10th anniversary while Advocacy Day ushers in new legislation
while paying all music creators and opposes government mandates on devices such as smart phones. During a lunch break, the advocates were briefed on upcoming legislation by Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). Subsequently, John Morton, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Zachary Katz, legal advisor to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, spoke to smaller breakout groups regarding rogue websites and Net neutrality, respectively. Advocates also lobbied for a bill to combat rogue websites, and less than a month after GRAMMYs on the Hill, the Senate introduced the PROTECT IP Act. The bill, which authorizes law enforcement to bring action against websites dedicated to copyright infringement and selling counterfeit goods, subsequently passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously.
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Dave Koz, Bruce Hornsby, Neil Portnow, Sen. Bob Corker, Paul Williams, Don Henley, Daryl Friedman, and Michael W. Smith at the GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards on April 13 in Washington, D.C.
The 2011 GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards on April 13 marked the event’s 10th anniversary. Nearly 400 guests came to the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel in Washington, D.C., to honor Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and eight-time GRAMMY-winning musician Don Henley. Serving as master of ceremonies was Paul Williams, president and chairman of ASCAP, and kicking off the evening was GRAMMY-nominated artist and Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter Board member Dave Koz, who performed an extraordinary rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” on the saxophone. The first award was presented to Biden, who personally accepted his award earlier that day in the West Wing of the White House during a presentation by GRAMMY-winning artist Stevie Wonder and Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. Highlighting music education, the Avett Brothers’ Bob Crawford, Henley and Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) presented a $5,500 grant on behalf of the GRAMMY Foundation to 2011 GRAMMY Signature Schools recipient Flower Mound High School, which is located in Burgess’ district in Texas. Following GRAMMY winner Michael W. Smith’s award presentation to Corker, the last award was presented by Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) to Henley. Henley was given the first Recording Artists’ Coalition Award as a nod to the group of the same name that he co-founded with Sheryl Crow in 2000, which is now part of The Academy’s GRAMMYs on the Hill Initiative. The evening closed with a set by Henley and fellow GRAMMY winner Bruce Hornsby, including a performance of Henley’s hit “The End Of The Innocence,” which Hornsby co-wrote. The next day, more than 150 Recording Academy advocates met with nearly 50 freshmen offices of the 112th Congress during GRAMMYs on the Hill Advocacy Day. Academy advocates sought co-sponsorship of H. Con. Res. 42, a new House resolution introduced by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to coincide with the lobby day. The resolution supports innovative technologies that deliver music
IN THE STudIO wITH THE 112TH cONGRESS
Legislators cut a track to help highlight the roles of producers and engineers
On April 4, a week prior to the GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards, four musically talented legislators joined top producers and Academy Trustees Darrell Brown, Mike Clink and James McKinney to record a track at Sirius XM Radio’s studios in Washington, D.C. In an effort to highlight the important roles of producers and engineers, the GRAMMY Congressional Band — consisting of Reps. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), vocals/guitar; Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), keyboards; Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), drums; and Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), backing vocals/percussion — recorded their single, “A Little Revival,” which was played for the first time for the audience at the awards ceremony on April 13. A short video showing the recording process was also screened at the awards ceremony.
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Rep. Joe Crowley; Rep. Ted Deutch with James McKinney; Rep. Tom Rooney; Rep. Linda Sánchez
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAMMY® - Summer 2011
GRAMMY® - Summer 2011
From The President/CEO
From The Chair
The GRAMMY Quiz: Will You Still Be A Music Fan In 2020?
Stars On The Rise
The Recording Academy Yesterday And Tomorrow
On With The Show
Seeing Through The Cloud
National Academy News
Advocacy In Action
Thought You’d Never Ask: Janelle Monáe
GRAMMY® - Summer 2011