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District Advocate 2022: What Recording Academy Members Can Look Forward to — And What's Been Accomplished Already
District Advocate, the largest grassroots advocacy movement for music and its makers, gives Recording Academy members an opportunity to discuss issues affecting their livelihoods and careers with Congresspeople.
On Oct. 6, Recording Academy members will once again have the chance to participate in the Recording Academy's District Advocate day. After conducting a virtual District Advocate day in 2020, we're thrilled to return to an in-person advocacy day.
District Advocate, which is the largest grassroots advocacy movement for music and its makers, gives Recording Academy members an opportunity to visit the local district offices of their elected members of Congress and discuss issues affecting their livelihoods and careers.
In years past, District Advocate has successfully brought positive change to the lives of music creators. In 2020, Recording Academy members successfully urged Congress to provide billions in COVID relief for music makers and music small businesses when they needed it the most.
In 2019, the House of Representatives passed the CASE (Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement) Act just weeks after we advocated for it during District Advocate. This bill, which passed the House of Representatives 410-6 before getting signed into law, created a small claims court for copyright cases — a huge win for artists who otherwise did not have the means to protect their work from infringement or theft.
This year, the fight will continue on Oct. 6 when Recording Academy members will advocate for critical issues such as better protection of artistic expression and fairer compensation for songwriters, performers, and studio professionals.
Registration is open now until Sept. 9 for all active members of the Recording Academy including Voting, Professional, and Student members. To learn more and register, click here.
If you are not a member of the Recording Academy, there are other ways to advocate for creators' rights. We encourage you to engage in one of our numerous Call to Actions here — and, hopefully, we'll see you at District Advocate 2022!