National Advocacy Committee

The Recording Academy’s National Advocacy Committee Comprises Prominent Music Creators

The Recording Academy is an organization by, for and of music creators. The only Washington-based trade association that only represents music’s creators, its positions are determined by an Advocacy Committee of leading working music makers who work in an array of creative endeavors, including performers, producers, songwriters and studio engineers.

The National Advocacy Committee includes Sue Ennis and Rodney Jerkins, Co-Chairs; KEM, Ann Mincieli, Nile Rodgers and Booker T. Jones, Members; and Daryl P. Friedman, John Poppo, and Neil Portnow, Ex-Officio.


Sue Ennis

Sue is Seattle-based songwriter. She has co-written more than 70 songs for Heart, (30 million records sold and 2013 inductees in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.) Hits include “Dog & Butterfly,” “Straight On,” and “Even It Up.” She has co-written songs for feature films including The Golden Child starring Eddie Murphy and Thomas and The Magic Railroad, and her hobby band, The Lovemongers, appeared on the soundtrack of Singles. Sue scored and wrote the songs for “Art Dog,” a stage musical for The Seattle Children’s Theatre (May, 2014) and is currently writing 12 songs for an animated feature film, Vincent The Artist (2018). Sue teaches Music Business, Career Development and the Craft Of Songwriting at Shoreline Community College in Seattle as well as "Songwriting for Film" for the Seattle Film Institute. She serves as a national Trustee on the board of the National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences. Currently she is developing a jukebox musical with a nationally-known Broadway producer and director, for which she is writing the book.

Rodney Jerkins

GRAMMY Award winning superproducer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins is an urban legend, in the flesh. Jerkins began his career at the prodigy-like age of 15. Tireless in his work ethic, the prolific young Jerkins quickly established himself as a musical force. A successful producer/songwriter/musician, megastars line up to work with him, to insure that next smash. His hit lists of music talents are Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Brandy, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Jackson, Black Eyed Peas, Sam Smith, Whitney Houston and countless others. Jerkins is a Trustee of the Recording Academy’s Los Angeles Chapter.

Advocacy Committee Members

Kim Owens/KEM


KEM, born Kim Owens, is a GRAMMY nominated singer, songwriter, producer, and musician. Born in Nashville, but based in Detroit, KEM became a well-known part of the Motown scene. The Platinum-selling and three-time GRAMMY®-nominated artist was crowned as the Mediabase 2015 Urban Adult Contemporary Artist of the Year. Combined, KEM’s five albums have sold in excess of 2.9 million units. In recognition of his singing and songwriting talents, KEM was nominated for: a Grammy Award in 2015 for Best Traditional R&B Performance (“Nobody”); and two Grammy Awards in 2011 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song (“Why Would You Stay”). KEM is a Trustee of the Recording Academy’s Chicago Chapter.

Nile Rodgers

Nile Rodgers

Nile Rodgers is a GRAMMY winning composer, guitarist, and producer. First earning dance hits as a member of the ‘70s pop and R&B group Chic, he and bassist Bernard Edwards went on to produce a string of hits for Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Deborah Harry and others. Rodgers went on to co-write and produce David Bowie’s chart-topping album Let’s Dance, as well as material for INXS, Duran Duran, Madonna, Sheena Easton, Mick Jagger, Thompson Twins, Steve Winwood, Laurie Anderson, the B-52s, and many others. In 2013, Rodgers co-wrote and produced music for French duo Daft Punk’s album Random Access Memories, which earned three GRAMMYs including Album of the Year. Rodgers continues to tour, produce, and contribute to soundtrack projects. He is a Trustee of the Recording Academy’s New York Chapter.

Ann Mincieli

Ann Mincieli

Ann Mincieli is a GRAMMY winning recording engineer, album coordinator, studio designer, and owner of Jungle City Studios in New York City; she is also a longtime studio collaborator of GRAMMY winning singer, songwriter and musician Alicia Keys, earning GRAMMY Awards in the best R&B album category in 2013 for Girl On Fire and in 2004 for The Diary Of Alicia Keys. In addition to Keys, the Mincieli has engineered projects by Jon Bon Jovi, Angie Stone, Hole, Mariah Carey, Ruben Studdard and Yoko Ono, among others. She is a Trustee of the Recording Academy’s New York Chapter.

Booker T. Jones

Booker T. Jones is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and arguably the most famous Hammond B3 player in history. As leader of the legendary Booker T and the MGs, this pillar of soul music collaborated with Otis Redding, Albert King, and more during his tenure at Stax Records. Since then, Booker has lent his trademark keyboard chops to and produced classic albums such as Willie Nelson's multi-platinum hit “Stardust” and Bill Withers’ “Just As I Am” featuring the hit song “Ain’t No Sunshine". Both Booker's 2009 solo release "Potato Hole" and his 2011 solo release "The Road From Memphis" won GRAMMY Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Album. In 2013 Booker released “Sound The Alarm”, marking a return to Stax Records after 40 years. In 2016, Booker debuted his live show “Booker T Presents: A Stax Revue”, working with new talent to create a show that reflects the heart and soul of Stax Records. Booker is currently working on a new recording project, writing his memoirs, and touring worldwide with his solo band.


John Poppo

John Poppo

John Poppo is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Recording Academy.

Neil Portnow

Neil Portnow

Neil Portnow is the President/CEO of the Recording Academy.

Daryl P. Friedman

Daryl Friedman

Daryl P. Friedman is the Chief Industry, Government & Member Relations Officer of the Recording Academy.