We've all heard a lot about Nov. 2 and how it is considered a "wave" election — the term for sweeping change in Congress. Of course, a 60-plus seat swing in the House and change of party control is no small matter.
However, for our music community there's an undercurrent below the wave. Despite many media outlets reporting that the incumbents are the newest mammal on the endangered species list, the current champions of music creators were all re-elected and will be back in the next Congress. Reps. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), the two committee chairs who champion performance rights? Re-elected. Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), who also co-sponsored that legislation? Back next year. Pro-music Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer's close race? She won by 10 points. Reps. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) and Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), who chair the Recording Arts and Sciences Congressional Caucus? See you in January.
And the list goes on. On both sides of the aisle, the anti-incumbent sentiment had little effect on the music maker's friends in Congress.
We can look back on the departing 111th Congress as a successful one for our community. From a big win on protecting the wireless spectrum for concert technology, to a historic (but not quite there) offer by broadcasters to pay artist royalties, to a record setting GRAMMYs on the Hill Advocacy Day, to solid progress on the fight against music piracy, Recording Academy members and all creators should be proud. And when the 112th Congress takes the oath in January, The Academy will be there to welcome back our friends and no doubt make some new ones.
It may have been a "wave" election season, but for music professionals, the water's still fine.