The PEACE Through Music Diplomacy Act Advances In The House: Here's What You Need To Know
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The PEACE Through Music Diplomacy Act Advances In The House: Here's What You Need To Know

If signed into law, the PEACE Through Music Diplomacy Act would use music and music-related global exchange programs as a tool to build cross-cultural understanding and advance peace abroad.

Advocacy/Aug 5, 2022 - 04:32 pm

On July 29, the bipartisan PEACE Through Music Diplomacy Act was passed through the House Foreign Affairs Committee — taking it one step closer to becoming law.

The PEACE (Promoting Peace, Education, and Cultural Exchange) Through Music Diplomacy Act (H.R. 6498) was first introduced in the House of Representatives by the 2022 GRAMMYs on the Hill Honorees, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), in January of this year.

Since then, the Recording Academy has continuously advocated for the passage of this bill, including making it a top priority during our GRAMMYs on the Hill Advocacy Day in April.

If signed into law, the PEACE Through Music Diplomacy Act would use music and music-related global exchange programs as a tool to build cross-cultural understanding and advance peace abroad.

Specifically, the PEACE Through Music Diplomacy Act directs the State Department to leverage partnerships with the private sector when designing and implementing its music-related exchange programs. The bill also authorizes music-related exchanges that advance peace abroad.

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Last week, after considering the PEACE Through Music Diplomacy Act during a committee mark-up, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, chaired by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), took a vote on the bill.

On July 29, it passed the committee with an overwhelming majority — 36 to 3 — advancing H.R. 6498 for consideration by the full House of Representatives and bringing it one step closer to becoming law.

In addition to passing through the committee, the bill gained two new co-sponsors: Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI). This, coupled with the vast bipartisan support in the committee, affirms the unique role of music in promoting peace around the world and shows that Congress could be ready to pass the bill into law.

If the PEACE Through Music Diplomacy Act advances past the House of Representatives in the Fall, it will next be taken up by the Senate, where Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) have introduced a companion bill. The bipartisan senators introduced S. 4195 just two weeks after meeting with Recording Academy advocates during GRAMMYs On The Hill.

If successful in the House and the Senate, the PEACE Through Music Diplomacy Act could be signed into law by President Biden and mark a major success for music makers around the globe.

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