Advocacy Documents

Advocacy & Industry Relations: Advancing The Rights Of Music Creators
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.

Testimony of Neil Portnow To The House Judiciary Committee
Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy, testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet on music licensing.
June 10, 2014

Comments Of The National Academy Of Recording Arts & Sciences In The Matter Of Music Licensing Study
The Recording Academy outlines its position on music licensing practices in a filing with  the U.S. Copyright Office.
May 23, 2014

Neil Portnow Calls For "Harmony, Unity, Parity" At 2014 GRAMMYs On The Hill Awards
A transcript of the keynote address by Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow at the 2014 GRAMMYs On The Hill Awards on April 2 at The Hamilton in Washington, D.C. In his remarks, Portnow calls for unity within the music community and proposes an omnibus music bill.
April 2, 2014

The Recording Academy Files Amicus Brief With Supreme Court In Support Of Copyright Holders
The Recording Academy, along with a number of other organizations representing the music industry, filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in the case ABC v. Aereo Inc. The case involves an Internet streaming service (Aereo) that retransmits over-the-air broadcast television signals to its Internet subscribers in the New York area without licensing the broadcast content. The amicus brief asks the court to reaffirm the public performance right in the context of the Internet.
March 3, 2014

Testimony Of Maria Schneider To The House Judiciary Committee
GRAMMY-winning composer and Recording Academy New York Chapter Board member Maria Schneider testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet at a hearing concerning the notice and takedown provisions of the Copyright Act. Speaking on behalf of Academy members, Schneider explained that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act — which provides safe harbors for websites that host infringing content — no longer meets the challenges of the digital age. Schneider also outlined a three-step overhaul of the DMCA's notice and takedown process.
March 13, 2014

Copyright Review Letter To Chairman Of The House Judiciary Committee Rep. Bob Goodlatte
July 10, 2013

Testimony Of Jimmy Jam To The House Judiciary Committee
Jimmy Jam, Chair Emeritus of The Recording Academy, testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet at a hearing titled "Music Licensing Part One: Legislation In The 112th Congress." Jam spoke out against legislation that would cut artists royalties from digital radio broadcast and affirmed the need to establish performance rights on traditional radio.
November 28, 2012

Letter to Rep. Jason Chaffetz Opposing Bill To Slash Internet Radio Royalties
The Recording Academy submitted a letter to Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) expressing opposition to the so-called "Internet Radio Fairness Act."
Oct. 1, 2012

Recording Academy Files Amicus Brief Supporting Public Performance Rights On The Internet
The Recording Academy, along with a number of other organizations representing the music industry, filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the case ABC v. Aereo Inc. The case involves an Internet streaming service (Aereo) that retransmits over-the-air broadcast television signals to its Internet subscribers in the New York area without licensing the broadcast content. The amicus brief asks the court to affirm the public performance right in the context of the Internet.
Sept. 21, 2012

Letter to Congressional Supercommittee
Nov. 16, 2011

Academy Files Amicus Brief Opposing Video Game Censorship
The Recording Academy, along with other groups opposed to government censorship, filed an amicus brief in Supreme Court case of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California, et al., Petitioners v. Entertainment Merchants Association, et al. The court heard arguments on Nov. 2 about a California law, which was overturned on appeal in 2007, that would allow the state to restrict the sales of video games on a vague basis that the games harm the ethical or moral development of minors.
Sept. 17, 2010

Obama Administration Supports The Performance Rights Act
Cameron Kerry, the general counsel of the Department of Commerce, sent a letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-La.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, expressing the department's support for the bill. The letter noted the department had urged lawmakers several times since the 1970s to create a public performance right for sound recordings. In addition, Kerry wrote that extending the performance right for sound recordings "would provide a level playing field for all broadcasters to compete in the current environment of rapid technological change, including the Internet, satellite and terrestrial broadcasters."
April 1, 2010

The Recording Academy's Letter To The FCC
The Recording Academy submitted a letter to the Federal Communications Commission in response to its "Further Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking" report addressing the use of wireless microphones.
March 1, 2010

musicFIRST Coalition Advertisement
The musicFIRST Coalition ran a print advertisement in several Washington, D.C., publications.
Feb. 23, 1010

musicFIRST Coalition Letter To Congress
The musicFIRST Coalition sent a letter regarding the Performance Rights Act to Congress urging them to pass the bill.
Feb. 18, 2010

AFL-CIO/NAACP Letter In Roll Call
A letter supporting the Performance Rights Act appeared in Roll Call, signed by leading African-American and Latino civil rights groups as well as the AFL-CIO, AFM and AFTRA.
Dec. 7, 2009

Rep. Conyers And Sen. Leahy Call For Performance Rights Act Negotiations
Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) sent a letter to the National Association of Broadcasters calling for negotiations on the Performance Rights Act.
Oct. 30, 2009

Pol Position
editorial by Shelia E. and Alice Peacock regarding the Performance Rights Act
Billboard — Sept. 5, 2009

Sheila E.'s Senate Judiciary Hearing Testimony
Aug. 4, 2009

A Fair Reward For Radio Artists
letter from Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow and AFTRA National Executive Director Kim Roberts-Hedgepeth
The Washington Post — June 26, 2009

Amicus Brief In ASCAP Case
The Recording Academy and other groups representing songwriters filed this document in support of performance royalties for audio-visual downloads
June 17, 2009

Interview With The Recording Academy's Daryl Friedman
Electronic Musician — Aug. 2007

MGM v. Grokster
Brief

June 27, 2005