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What Went Down At GRAMMYs On The Hill 2022 In Washington, D.C.: Recap
This month, GRAMMY winners and nominees took to Capitol Hill to defend creator’s rights. Here’s a look at who they met with and what they advocated for.
On Thurs. April 28, the Recording Academy held its annual GRAMMYs On The Hill Advocacy Day, where GRAMMY Winners and Nominees went to our nation's capital to meet with nearly 40 members of Congress and staff to advocate for the rights of music creators.
The group consisted of more than 50 advocates including Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr., actress and singer Sofia Carson, five-time GRAMMY winning duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and other major names in music such as Sean Paul, Cordae, Yolanda Adams, Jon Secada, Gramps Morgan, Nneena Freelon, Emily Bear, and gospel group Take 6.
While meeting with these lawmakers, the artists got a unique opportunity to share their stories and discuss how legislation can have a big impact on the music community with the people in charge of passing said legislation.
At the top of the agenda for GRAMMYs On The Hill was passing the Help Independent Tracks Succeed (HITS) Act, building support for the American Music Fairness Act (AMFA), advancing the PEACE Through Music Diplomacy Act, and improving royalty rates for songwriters and composers.
Autumn Rowe, a recent GRAMMY Winner for Album of the Year for her work on Jon Batiste’s album We Are, kicked off the day by discussing these policies, and more, with Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA). Rowe, a songwriter from the South Bronx, New York, talked about the difficulties of pursuing a career in music in the 21st century. She stated that most people can’t continue to try and make it in this industry because of the financial and mental demands, as well as the lack of opportunities for women, especially women of color.
Furthermore, she stressed the need to pass the aforementioned legislation that would help artists, songwriters, and producers achieve their goals within the music community.
The advocates went on to spread a similar message in dozens of meetings with Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle such as House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Alex Padilla (D-CA), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-OH), Reps. Ron Estes (R-KS), Linda Sanchez (D-CA), Ken Buck (R-CO), and Jimmy Gomez (D-CA), among others.
Advocates also got the chance to meet with, and further celebrate, the 2022 GRAMMYs on the Hill Honorees Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Rep. Michael McCaul (T-TX).
Harvey Mason jr.
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Watch Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. Appear On "Drop The Mic: The Business Of Music" Panel
Comprising more than 180 public and private sessions, Milken Institute Global Conference 2022 featured a captivating panel called "Drop The Mic: The Business Of Music" — featuring Mason alongside other music business leaders.
The Recording Academy's very own CEO, Harvey Mason Jr., just got deep on the mechanics of the music biz. On May 4, Mason participated in the Milken Institute Global Conference 2022, appearing on the panel "Drop the Mic: The Business of Music."
Moderated by Shirley Halperin and featuring additional speakers Marc Cimino (Chief Operating Officer, Universal Music Publishing Group), Sherrese Clarke Soares (Founder and CEO, HarbourView Equity Partners) and Scott Pascucci (Chief Executive Officer, Concord), "Drop The Mic" explored how the music business has expanded beyond playing records and attending live concerts.
In 2022 and beyond, the industry encompasses downloads, catalog buys, creative NFTs that serve as souvenirs, virtual experiences, and a whole lot more. In the below video, captivating speakers detail how we can follow these developments into a brave new world for music and music people.
Comprising more than 180 public and private sessions, Milken Institute Global Conference 2022 featured nearly 2,000 attendees participating in-person — along with thousands more viewing the livestream from around the world.
Enjoy the video, which clocks in at more than an hour, and keep checking RecordingAcademy.com for updates on how the music business continues to evolve, flourish and thrive as a nurturer of the world.
The Recording Academy Reveals Leadership Council For Newly Launched Black Music Collective
The distinguished leadership committee will work with honorary chairs to elevate Black music creators and professionals
The Recording Academy's newly launched Black Music Collective (BMC), a group of prominent Black music creators and professionals who share the common goal of amplifying Black voices within the Academy and the wider music community, has announced a distinguished leadership council. The leadership committee is dedicated to progressing the Recording Academy's mission to achieve equitable representation across its membership and the music industry.
The collective will serve as a space for members to speak openly about new and emerging opportunities in Black music alongside an inspiring group of groundbreaking Black music creators and business leaders. Leadership has already begun creating and identifying programming that will encourage the acceleration of Black membership within the Academy.
Members of the leadership council will join Honorary Chairs Jeffrey Harleston, Jimmy Jam, Quincy Jones, Debra Lee, John Legend and Sylvia Rhone to work hand in hand to elevate the mission of the collective. Recording Academy Trustee Riggs Morales serves as the BMC Chair and Washington, D.C., Chapter Executive Director Jeriel Johnson is the Executive Sponsor.
The Black Music Collective's Distinguished Leadership Committee includes the following accomplished music professionals:
- Yolanda Adams, Artist
- Brianna Agyemang, Executive
- Derek "MixedByAli" Ali, Engineer
- Tunde Balogun, Executive
- Tuma Basa, Executive
- Aloe Blacc, Artist
- Boi-1da, Producer
- Catherine Brewton, Executive
- Terri Lyne Carrington, Musician
- D-Nice, Artist
- Phylicia Fant, Executive
- H.E.R., Artist
- Om'Mas Keith, Producer
- Rico Love, Songwriter
- Heather Lowery, Executive
- Riggs Morales, Executive and BMC Chair
- Steve Pamon, Executive
- Tayla Parx, Songwriter
- Ryan Press, Executive
- Rashid Shabazz, Executive
- Jamila Thomas, Executive
- Dion "No-I.D." Wilson, Producer
"Our time is now and I'm so excited to add my voice in whatever way I can to honor those who came before me, those who worked building the foundation in this important work in music," H.E.R. said. "Initiatives like this help give a voice to young and emerging artists who dream of an even bigger future. We're all in this together."
"This is a new era of change for the Recording Academy and we are honored to have these leading artists, executives, producers and engineers who are all at the top of their fields join us for such an important moment in our world, our nation and our industry," Harvey Mason jr., chair and interim president/CEO of the Recording Academy, said. "Black music is part of the fabric of our industry and it is so reassuring to stand with these leaders to create momentum, bring change and amplify Black voices."
"We're energized by our partnership with such an esteemed group of Black music leaders who share our mission to foster and accelerate Black representation, equity and inclusion throughout the music industry," Valeisha Butterfield Jones, chief diversity & inclusion officer of the Recording Academy, said. "We've doubled down on our partnership with these leaders and are committed to the work ahead."
Stay up to date on the BMC's progress here.
Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy of D-Nice / MC LYTE PHOTO CREDIT: D'ANDRE MICHAEL
Black Music Collective Podcast: Watch Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis Discuss Their Legendary Legacy As GRAMMY-Winning Producers
In the latest episode of the "Black Music Collective Podcast," watch an engrossing discussion with five-time GRAMMY-winning producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
In the latest episode of the "Recording Academy x EBONY: Black Music Collective Podcast," a new podcast series presented by Procter & Gamble, host and two-time GRAMMY nominee MC Lyte chats with music legends Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, who define the phrase "legend status." The production duo has won five GRAMMY Awards and have been nominated in the Producer Of The Year category 11 times—more than anyone else.
They have more Billboard No. 1 hits than any other songwriting and production team in history and have earned more than 100 gold, platinum, multiplatinum, and diamond albums for their work with such iconic artists as Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, George Michael, Gwen Stefani, Kanye West, and many more.
Always crossing cultural boundaries, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis received a nomination for Best Original Song at the 1993 Oscars for their work on the Janet Jackson song "Again" for the film Poetic Justice. They also received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Music Direction for their work on the 2020 "Let's Go Crazy: The GRAMMY Salute To Prince" GRAMMY special, presented by the Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS.
Even 40 years into their career, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis continue to evolve: This week, the production wizards are releasing Jam & Lewis: Volume One, their debut artist album.
Listen to Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis discuss their impact on the music industry and the key to their long-lasting partnership in the newest episode of the "Recording Academy x EBONY: Black Music Collective Podcast" above.
About The Recording Academy x EBONY: Black Music Collective Podcast:
The "Recording Academy x EBONY: Black Music Collective Podcast" is a six-part podcast series presented by Procter & Gamble. Hosted by MC Lyte, the series includes various members of the Recording Academy's Black Music Collective (BMC), a group of prominent Black music creators and professionals who share the common goal of amplifying Black voices within the Academy and beyond, who discuss their contributions and impact within the community and the music industry at large.
The "Recording Academy x EBONY: Black Music Collective Podcast" streams every Thursday at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT through July 29 on EBONY.com and EBONY's YouTube channel and Facebook page, as well as on GRAMMY.com/BlackMusicCollectivePodcast and the Recording Academy's official Facebook page and YouTube channel.
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How The HBCU Love Tour Inspires Young Black Students To Prosper In The Music Industry
Presented by the Recording Academy's GRAMMY U and Black Music Collective, the inaugural HBCU Love Tour motivates students to learn more about the Academy's aims and stake their claims in the music business.
On a vivacious afternoon back in April, the energy was positively crackling inside the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. From the first minute opening the event to the last seconds of the night, the energy level at the inaugural HBCU Love Tour event was enough to shatter the Richter scale. That's because the HBCU family from across the DMV came ready to learn from today's music industry's leaders.
The HBCU Love Tour, a joint initiative presented by the Recording Academy's GRAMMY U and the Black Music Collective, is a new program aimed at teaching young students and aspiring professionals attending an HBCU, short for historically Black college or university, about the music business and invite them to join GRAMMY U, the Recording Academy's membership program for college students. An entryway into the music industry, the HBCU Love Tour aims to open doors for young, gifted and Black students looking to make their mark in music and entertainment culture.
First, a little background for those who haven't been to the nation's capital. Howard Theatre is a historic spot dating back to 1910; it hosted many Black musical geniuses of the 20th century, from Sarah Vaughan to James Brown to Dionne Warwick. It's also near Howard University, where the majority of the HBCU Love Tour attendees are enrolled. Need proof? Every mention of "H.U." resulted in the saying's remainder, roared back by the audience: "You know!"
The launch of the HBCU Love Tour was a smashing success — you could feel the good vibes. Throughout the event, the throng of attendees, mostly college students, showed a palpable eagerness to learn the ropes of the music business, willing to engage with their entire hearts and minds and absorb that passed-down wisdom.
From Howard students and GRAMMY U affiliates Nia Burnley and Rainee Wilson to the Recording Academy's Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Ryan Butler, everyone brought something to the table. (To say nothing of Precious Jewel, the first-ever HBCU Love Contest Winner and one of Howard University's own, who led off the night with a spellbinding performance.)
And throughout a long chat between recent 2022 GRAMMYs On The Hill honorees Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis — as well as appearances by Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr.; Chair on the Board of Trustees of the Recording Academy Tammy Hurt; and others — the crowd alternated between silent fascination and visceral enthusiasm.
But a big reason the HBCU Love Tour was so special was due to its radiant host: Rico Love, Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees of the Recording Academy and a two-time GRAMMY nominee.
Even while in conversation with a guest, Love wasn't afraid to break the fourth wall and address the crowd directly — the sign of an excellent moderator — whether he was extolling the virtues of MusiCares ("When you say, 'Forget the GRAMMYs,' you're saying, 'Forget all those people who need help!'") or Advocacy ("Unbeknownst to a lot of people, they're fighting for songwriters' rights!").
Love understands how the Recording Academy and its various initiatives can transform the lives of all music people and creators, including young, aspiring students. "Today was my first day on Capitol Hill doing Advocacy work, and I felt powerful," he said of his work at the 2022 GRAMMYs On The Hill earlier that week.
And in a panel between singer/songwriter Raheem DeVaughn, rapper Cordae and singer/songwriter Kacey Williams, moderated by Love, the realities of struggling in the music business in a pandemic age were laid bare — as well as ways to help ameliorate them.
"I think it's about understanding your worth," Williams, who fronts the band Black Alley, said, succintly summing up the entire theme of the event. "In order to be considered successful in a business, you need to understand what your business is worth."
Of course, songwriters, producers and other music creators hold their craft in high esteem — why else devote their lives to music? However, much of the world hasn't caught up, and it won't without a whole lot of passionate change.
The sheer number of mental seeds planted at the inaugural HBCU Love Tour that night — for a new generation of music people and creators set to lead the industry into the future — is more than enough to engender hope and ignite change.
So, let's keep that blessed feeling of the first-ever HBCU Love Tour in our back pockets as we continue to celebrate and support music and all its professionals and creatives. Whether they consciously know it or not, these students intuitively grasp what they're worth — and the world's about to find out.
Next Up: The HBCU Love Tour heads to Atlanta
Vinyl at Center Stage
Sunday, Oct. 9, at 4 p.m. ET
Panel: Demystifying the GRAMMY Awards with J.I.D, Baby Tate, and Rico Love
GRAMMY U Masterclass with Armani White presented by Mastercard
Ray Charles Performing Arts Center
Monday, Oct. 10., at 4 p.m. ET
GRAMMY U members and students at Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Georgia State University, and Spelman College are invited to attend. RSVP here.