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Recording Academy™ Announces New Advocacy Committee; Reinforces Commitment to Creators' Rights


Mindi Abair, Sue Ennis, Lalah Hathaway, Booker T. Jones, Harvey Mason
Jr., and Nile Rodgers to Help Take Music Modernization Act to the Finish

Today, the Recording
™ announced that two-time GRAMMY®-nominated
saxophonist and vocalist Mindi Abair and four-time GRAMMY-nominated
producer and songwriter Harvey Mason Jr. will lead the Academy's
National Advocacy Committee as co-chairs. Joined by Committee members
Sue Ennis, Lalah Hathaway, Booker T. Jones, and Nile Rodgers, the
Committee's immediate focus is ensuring that the Senate passes the Music
Modernization Act, which would be the first major reform to music
copyright law in decades. The Committee is also focused on encouraging
participation from the music community in the Academy's annual District
Advocate day
, which will take place on Oct. 24 in congressional
districts across the country.

"Music creators have witnessed the transformation of the music industry
and they deserve a seat at the table," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO
of the Recording Academy. "They want their voices to be heard when
decisions are being made that impact their careers and livelihood, and
they know that 2018 is proving to be a landmark legislative year for
them. The knowledge these leading creators bring ensures the Committee
will continue to be an effective advocate for the next generation, while
working to improve everyday lives of today's music creators."

Comprised of performers, producers, songwriters, and studio engineers,
the Committee serves as a key conduit to the creative membership.
Abair's work with artists across the music spectrum, such as Aerosmith,
Gregg Allman, and Mandy Moore, will bring the Committee insight into the
perspective of performers. Abair received her first career GRAMMY
nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album for her work on the 2013
album Summer Horns, on which she collaborated with Gerald
Alright, Richard Elliot, and Dave Koz. She has also been nominated for
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for her 2014 album Wild Heart.
Mason Jr. lends insight into the unique perspective of producers and
songwriters, having written and produced songs for Dr. Dre, Michael
Jackson, and Britney Spears. He has also produced music for blockbuster
musical productions, from Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls
and Dr. Dre and Ice Cube in Straight Outta Compton, to the
eclectic cast in Pitch Perfect and Mary J. Blige and Ne-Yo
in The Wiz Live! The choice of Abair and Mason Jr. to lead the
Advocacy Committee demonstrates the Recording Academy's efforts to
advance the interests of all creators and provides the Committee with a
full range of expertise and insight into the process of music creation.

In addition to the music creators, John Poppo, producer and Chair of the
Board of Trustees of the Recording Academy; Portnow; and Daryl P.
Friedman, Chief Industry, Government & Member Relations Officer of the
Recording Academy, serve as ex-officio members.

With the overwhelming congressional support for the Music
Modernization Act
, the Committee will largely focus efforts around
this groundbreaking legislation, which provides protection and fairness
for all creators, particularly in regard to how they are compensated.
This announcement comes as music creators have actively advocated for
the bill's passage throughout social media, which will continue with the
Advocacy Committee lending their voice online.

The Music Modernization Act has seen swift movement within Congress.
Following the unanimous passage of the House version, H.R.
, one week after GRAMMYs on the Hill®, and the Senate
companion bill, S.
, receiving bipartisan support within the Senate Committee on
the Judiciary, the bill now waits for a vote before the Senate, expected
within the coming months.


Best known for the GRAMMY Awards®, the Recording Academy is
the only organization that exists to champion the voices of performers,
songwriters, producers, and engineers. With no corporate members, the
Recording Academy directly and solely represents music creators, working
tirelessly to protect their rights and interests. From strong
representation in Washington, to mobilizing the industry and organizing
grassroots movements across all 50 states, we use advocacy, education,
and dialogue to raise awareness about pressing music issues, develop
policy, and advance key legislation. Our purpose is to give back to
music makers by making sure that they're compensated fairly for their
work today and have greater opportunities to prosper tomorrow.

For more information about the Recording Academy's ongoing advocacy
work, visit,
follow @GRAMMYAdvocacy on Twitter,
and "like" GRAMMY
 on Facebook.

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