The only membership organization representing all music creators, The Recording Academy was named the "supersized musicians lobby" by Congressional Quarterly. The Academy's Advocacy & Public Policy office in Washington, D.C., serves as policymakers' go-to representative of the collective world of recording professionals — performers, songwriters and studio professionals.
Through its year-round GRAMMYs on the Hill Initiatives, Academy members from across the country partner with the Advocacy team to present a compelling, 24,000-member-strong lobbying corps for music creators' rights and music advocacy. From congressional-hearing testimony by Academy witnesses to online advocacy tools to the music industry's only annual national and local grassroots advocacy days, the music community's point of view is heard by leaders from the Capitol to the White House.
Through advocacy, education and dialogue, the Recording Academy protects the rights of music makers and advances their interests on important policy matters.
- GRAMMYs On The Hill® Awards And Advocacy Day
This two-day event in Washington brings hundreds of music creators to Capitol Hill for an awards ceremony honoring artists and legislators who have improved the environment for music, followed by a grassroots lobby day during which Academy members meet with their members of Congress
- District Advocate
Launched in 2014, this initiative brings music creators to the local offices of elected officials right in their own home towns. The goal is to let lawmakers know that music creators are an important part of their voting constituency
- Congressional Testimony
Numerous Recording Academy leaders have served as expert witnesses before key congressional hearings determining music policy. Most recently, Chicago Trustee and GRAMMY-nominated children’s musician Justin Roberts, who testified on behalf of music creators in support of the Music Modernization Act; others include former Academy Chair Jimmy Jam and Booker T. Jones, who both testified on behalf of performers, songwriters and producers for fair royalty rates, and Maria Schneider, who testified on behalf of creators about the DMCA's notice and takedown process.
- Congressional Caucus
The Recording Academy works closely with the Recording Arts and Sciences Congressional Caucus, co-chaired by congressional leaders Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the House Majority Leader and House Minority Whip, respectively. In conjunction with the caucus, The Academy produces congressional briefings and events at the Capitol to educate policymakers
- State Advocacy
From Washington state to Washington, D.C., the Recording Academy partners with its 12 Chapters to advocate for local and state initiatives that help the local music community
- Advocacy Year In Review
This annual publication serves as a roundup of the year's Advocacy & Public Policy objectives and successes in music advocacy. An educational tool for music professionals and policy-makers alike, the publication can be accessed by clicking the link above
- Online And Social Media Engagement
Through its Advocacy Action tool, members can contact federal, state and local government officials to advocate for pro-music policy. Through Facebook (GRAMMYs on the Hill) and Twitter (@GRAMMYAdvocacy), Academy members receive real-time updates on policy matters, with new online tools launching in 2014
- Panels, Seminars And Speaking Engagements
From South by Southwest to legal seminars and Chapter events, the Advocacy & Public Policy team fans out across the country to paint the policy picture for those interested in creators' rights
- GRAMMY Industry Roundtable
A series bringing together policy leaders and music professionals to discuss critical issues in a private, off-the-record setting
- Music Leaders Retreat
A semiannual retreat for leaders of every major music association. Co-founded by the Recording Academy and co-hosted by Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow, the leaders discuss their common legislative goals and important community issues