What's The Download 2006 Honorary Board Members Named

January 04, 2006 -- 10:14 am PST
Kelly Clarkson, Common and Sway join Academy's digital music education campaign

The What's The Download Interactive Advisory Board, comprised of 12 young music fans who are dedicated to creating a dialogue between music fans and music makers, has announced its 2006 Honorary Board Members. The WTD Interactive Advisory Board Honorary Members are multi-platinum, GRAMMY-nominated pop star Kelly Clarkson, GRAMMY-nominated rapper/actor Common, and producer/hip-hop artist Sway. The entire Board will participate in the "WTD Rap Session" with hundreds of teens during GRAMMY Week, which leads up to the 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards in February. 

"Sparking discussion about digital music issues has always been one of the objectives of the What's The Download campaign and the Board," said Ron Roecker, Vice President, Communications & Media Relations for The Recording Academy. "We are thrilled that these well-known music makers are joining our Board to help make sure the education process is a two-way street. Since The Academy launched WTD, we've all learned a lot from each other. At the end of the day, we know we're all trying to make sure that music remains an important and vibrant part of everyone's life."

Clarkson, Common and Sway join the list of previous Honorary Members, which includes rapper/producer Kanye West, legendary funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, Sugar Ray frontman and co-host of "Extra" Mark McGrath and newcomer, singer/songwriter/rocker JD Natasha. These members conducted a roundtable with the Board during the 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards' GRAMMY Week, in which they debated controversial digital music topics such as downloading, peer-to-peer and subscription services, CD burning, artist rights and consumer trends in digital music.  
Since the WTD Interactive Advisory Board launched last February, members have been active contributors to the Web site, regular participants in local Recording Academy Chapter activities and on university campuses, and have attended several industry conferences such as NARM and DEMXPO, during which they provided their insights to music retailers and label executives. The WTD Interactive Advisory Board is working toward the creation of a final report to be presented to members of Congress and music industry thought leaders. The report will outline their experiences, collective findings and ideas determined during the past year as the Board has researched and examined issues plaguing the music industry.

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