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Recording Academy Launches ‘Summer of Advocacy’ for Pandemic Relief and Social Change

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The Recording Academy has introduced a summer season 2020 call-to-action initiative to assist present pandemic reduction for music creators and music companies, and to advertise constructive social change by means of laws. The seven-week-long effort will culminate with the Academy’s seventh annual District Advocate occasion.

According to the announcement, in the course of the Recording Academy’s “Summer of Advocacy,” members will join immediately with their legislators to work to enhance the situations for music creators and music companies. Black communities have been notably hard-hit, and knowledge exhibits the restoration is simply too gradual. As Black music is a cornerstone of the music business, Academy members will spotlight this disparity within the restoration.

The initiative will function numerous calls-to-action in the course of the summer season months, main as much as a nationwide day of advocacy on Aug. 12, when Recording Academy members will meet with members of Congress just about in assist of key legislative points affecting the music business. Starting June 26, members of the Recording Academy can register to take motion in step one of the most important advocacy motion for music creators.

Thousands of Academy members — each working professionals and creators — will activate throughout the nation within the coming months in combating for honest protections for music creators, a protected return for music performances, and an equitable restoration throughout all communities and a bipartisan method to bringing concord to our residents.

“We are grateful to Congress for the provisions in the CARES Act that helped freelance creators,” mentioned Harvey Mason jr, Chair and Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “The Academy has proven before that when the voices of creators are heard on Capitol Hill, legislators listen. Now we call on Congress to improve the provisions to ensure creators fully benefit from the intent of the law, and that underserved communities get their fair share of the aid.”

The affect of the pandemic upon the careers of musicians and folks within the music group has been devastating. The median revenue for an expert musician is lower than $25,000 a yr, the announcement states, and unbiased music professionals will likely be among the many final to return to work because the nation progressively reopens. Data additionally exhibits that Black-owned companies and staff are usually not benefitting equally within the restoration.

Recording Academy members collaborating in District Advocate will ask members of Congress to make sure particular actions are taken to guard the artistic workforce and are included within the upcoming spherical of stimulus, particularly:

Continued COVID-19 reduction for all music creators

Academy members secured essential provisions within the CARES Act. Now it’s time to broaden and enhance upon that reduction as the subsequent stimulus package deal is written. Provisions should assist freelance music creators and profit underserved communities equally.

Tax reduction for music and its makers

Performers and live performance areas from coast to coast are struggling. Real tax provisions have been written to assist convey the music again to recording studios and live performance venues. Let’s get that handed into regulation.

District Advocate, together with the Recording Academy’s annual GRAMMYs on the Hill in April (cancelled this yr on account of COVID-19), are the Recording Academy’s premiere advocacy occasions, and are credited by bipartisan legislators with serving to to go the Music Modernization Act into regulation — the most important replace to music laws previously 40 years.

For extra details about District Advocate and Recording Academy advocacy initiatives, go to http://www.grammy.com/districtadvocate.

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