Members of Congress meet with the creators of the
GRAMMY-winning "Kinky Boots" cast album.
(Front row, l-r) Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.), composer Cyndi Lauper,
music director Stephen Oremus, and producer William Wittman.
(Back row, l-r) Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), The Recording Academy's Daryl P. Friedman,
Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.),
Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.),
Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), and Michael McCaul (R-Texas)

The only membership organization representing all music creators, The Recording Academy is known as the "supersized musicians lobby" by Congressional Quarterly. The Academy's Advocacy & Industry Relations office in Washington, D.C., serves as policymakers' go-to representative of the collective world of recording professionals — performers, songwriters and studio professionals.

Through its year-round GRAMMYs on the Hill Initiatives, Academy members from across the country partner with the Advocacy team to present a compelling, 20,000-member-strong lobbying corps for music creators' rights. From congressional-hearing testimony by Academy witnesses to online advocacy tools to the music industry's only annual grassroots advocacy day, the music community's point of view is heard by leaders from the Capitol to the White House.

Through advocacy, education and dialogue, The Recording Academy protects the rights of music makers and advances their interests on important policy matters.

Programs include:


  • GRAMMYs On The Hill Awards And Advocacy Day
    This two-day event in Washington brings hundreds of music creators to Capitol Hill for an awards ceremony honoring artists and legislators who have improved the environment for music, followed by a grassroots lobby day during which Academy members meet with their members of Congress
  • Congressional Testimony
    Numerous Recording Academy leaders have served as expert witnesses before key congressional hearings determining music policy. Among them are former Academy Chair Jimmy Jam, who testified on behalf of performers, songwriters and producers for fair performance royalty rates; and most recently, New York Chapter Board member and GRAMMY-winning independent jazz and classical artist Maria Schneider, who testified on behalf of creators about the DMCA's notice and takedown process
  • Congressional Caucus
    The Recording Academy works closely with the Recording Arts and Sciences Congressional Caucus, co-chaired by congressional leaders Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the two House "whips" of their parties. In conjunction with the caucus, The Academy produces congressional briefings and events at the Capitol to educate policymakers
  • State Advocacy
    From Washington state to Washington, D.C., The Recording Academy partners with its 12 Chapters to advocate for local and state initiatives that help the local music community


  • Advocacy Year In Review
    This annual publication serves as a roundup of the year's Advocacy & Industry Relations objectives and successes. An educational tool for music professionals and policy-makers alike, the publication can be accessed by clicking Year in Review on the right
  • Online And Social Media Engagement
    Through its Advocacy Action tool, members can contact federal, state and local government officials to advocate for pro-music policy. Through Facebook (GRAMMYs on the Hill) and Twitter (@TRAinDC), Academy members receive real-time updates on policy matters, with new online tools launching in 2014
  • Panels, Seminars And Speaking Engagements
    From South by Southwest to legal seminars and Chapter events, the Advocacy & Industry Relations team fans out across the country to paint the policy picture for those interested in creators' rights


  • GRAMMY Industry Roundtable
    A series bringing together policy leaders and music professionals to discuss critical issues in a private, off-the-record setting
  • "Give Fans The Credit"
    An industrywide discussion on finding ways to include the credits of songwriters, musicians and studio professionals on digital players, "Give Fans The Credit" was launched with spokespeople such as Skylar Grey, T Bone Burnett and Diane Warren. In the campaign's first year, its petition garnered more than 12,000 signatures and Rhapsody became the first music service to support the initiative
  • Music Leaders Retreat
    A semiannual retreat for leaders of every major music association. Co-founded by The Recording Academy and co-hosted by Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow, the leaders discuss their common legislative goals and important community issues