The largest-ever Washington, D.C., congressional delegation came to Los Angeles to participate in two days of Recording Academy advocacy briefings during GRAMMY Week. The bipartisan delegation included Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), along with key staffers from the House and Senate.
On Feb. 12 the delegation visited Ocean Way Recording, one of the oldest and most storied studios in Hollywood. After a brief tour of the studio, attendees were treated to a live in-studio demonstration by GRAMMY-winning musician Jonny Lang and his producer Tommy Sims. Lang and Sims took the group through the various stages of recording, and also performed a few songs. Following the demonstration was the GRAMMY Roundtable. Joining the delegation at the discussion were notable producers Adam Anders, Neal Avron, Harvey Mason Jr., and RedOne.
On Feb. 13 the delegation was given a behind-the-scenes look at Staples Center — the site of the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards — where they were briefed on the importance of arts funding and music education by the Avett Brothers' Bob Crawford and Chuck Ortner, Recording Academy National Legal Counsel.