Advocacy work is nearly as central to the Recording Academy’s membership as the creation and promotion of music.
Changes in the way music is consumed, combined with an outdated patchwork of legislation governing the industry, have resulted in a landscape where many creators are overlooked and underpaid. Broadcasters, tech companies and other large corporations are pocketing the profits from music, while music creators don’t always receive fair compensation for their work. Creators are disadvantaged both by government-mandated rules that don’t fully protect their work and exclude them from decision making as well as closed-door deals that devalue their intellectual property. This uncomfortable reality demands a robust effort by the music community to change the status quo.
Our members have asked what more they can do to make a difference and the result is the GRAMMY Fund for Music Creators. This fund is the next step to expand our advocacy work and make engagement on music issues accessible to every one of our 25,000 members throughout the country. The GRAMMY Fund – a Political Action Committee or PAC — gives members another meaningful opportunity to actively help protect the rights of music makers and advance their interests on important policy matters. The GRAMMY Fund will make campaign contributions to members of Congress who support music creators.
In addition, the work of the GRAMMY Fund will be supported by a team of GRAMMY Fund Ambassadors, which includes some of the most prominent names in the music business: singer/songwriter Anita Baker; songwriter Evan Bogart; songwriter, singer, and percussionist Sheila E.; singer/songwriter/producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds; songwriter/producers Jimmy Jam, Rodney Jerkins and Harvey Mason Jr.; and songwriter/guitarist/producer Nile Rodgers.
You can learn more about the GRAMMY Fund in this The New York Times profile piece.
GRAMMY Fund for Music Creators
1200 G St. NW, Suite 950
Washington, D.C. 20001
Members of the Recording Academy with a login and password may contribute here. If you believe you are part of the restricted class and have not been issued a login and password, please contact the Membership team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 866.794.3391.
Federal law prohibits soliciting contributions for the GRAMMY Fund for Music Creators from outside the restricted class (i.e., members in good standing of the Recording Academy and executive and managerial staff of the Recording Academy) and such contributions will be returned to the donor.