Nov. 20, 2018: The Academy thanks Tennessee Governor Bill Halsam, the Tennessee Entertainment Commission, and the leaders of our Nashville and Memphis Chapters for creating more opportunities for music creators.

Oct. 11, 2018:: The Academy celebrates the historic passage of the Music Modernization Act and the harmony and unity that got us here.

June 28, 2018: Following unanimous passage of the Music Modernization Act (S.2823) through the Senate Judiciary Committee, Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow celebrates the MMA’s continued momentum and thanks the Committee for its support.

April 25, 2018: Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow applauds the unanimous passage of the Music Modernization Act in the House as a historic step forward for all music creators.

April 10, 2018: House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R- Va.) and Ranking Member Jerry Nadler (D- N.Y.) introduce the Music Modernization Act (H.R. 5447), a comprehensive music licensing bill that’s been a goal of the Academy and its members for years.

March 22, 2018: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduce the AMP Act in the Senate, showing bipartisan and bicameral support for passing music copyright reform legislation.

Feb 14, 2018: The Recording Academy calls on Congress to continue supporting the arts and American creators after the White House proposes to cut funding for the NEA again.

Jan 10, 2018: The Recording Academy’s Daryl Friedman responds to Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-Calif.) announcement to retire and recognizes the congressman as a champion of fair compensation for music artists.

Jan 8, 2018: Daryl Friedman makes a statement on the Music Modernization Act (H.R. 4706) voicing the Recording Academy’s support for the newly introduced bill.  


Dec 20, 2017: The Recording Academy congratulates Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), an expert on intellectual property, on his election to Democratic Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee.

Dec 19, 2017: Surrounding the 60th GRAMMY Awards, the Recording Academy announces plans for a music policy field hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee in New York City on Jan. 26, 2018.

July 19, 2017: The Recording Academy welcomes the CLASSICS Act (H.R. 3301), an important addition to the Fair Play Fair Pay Act that recognizes pre-1972 sound recordings. Daryl Friedman thanks Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) for introducing the comprehensive bill.

April 26, 2017: H.R. 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act, passes the House, showing Congress’ renewed investment in updating copyright laws.  

April 5, 2017: Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) show their support for music creators by introducing the PROMOTE Act (H.R. 1914), a bipartisan bill that lets artists control their work on radio.

March 24, 2017: The Recording Academy applauds House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.) for introducing the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (H.R. 1695).

March 16, 2017: Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy, releases a statement regarding the White House proposal to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts.


Dec. 8, 2016: The BOTS Act (H.R. 5104) passes both chambers of Congress, protecting artists and fans and marking an important change in the concert-going experience.