District Advocate day is the nation’s largest grassroots advocacy movement for music. Every year, thousands of Recording Academy members across the country join in support of music by advocating directly to their U.S. Representative or Senator in his or her home office.
Successes such as the passage of the historic Music Modernization Act prove that by coming together we can make a difference. On District Advocate day music creators did just that. They united to show members of Congress that a vibrant music community lives, works, and votes in their districts and to educate them on issues of importance to the community.
Here are some highlights from District Advocate 2018:
As a proud member of the @recordingacademy I was honored to be a #DistrictAdvocate today alongside fellow members @thevanlears Peter Stroud, Trey Bentley, William Bell, John D Hopkins @johndriskellhopkins and Andrew Bentley for the Georgia chapter today. Thank you Ben Frye and @sendavidperdue for all of your immense support in getting the #MusicModernizationAct passed. So MAJOR!!!! Michelle Caplinger, you’re kind of a rockstar. Just sayin’
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— Matt Brown (@mattbrownsdream) October 24, 2018
District Advocate is the Recording Academy’s annual nationwide grassroots lobbying initiative that brings music creators to the local offices of their elected representatives right in their own home towns. These in-person visits make it possible for our members to voice their concerns about legislation affecting their livelihoods and ensure their voices are heard.
Being a part of District Advocate is more than just showing up to your meeting on District Advocate day. Being an advocate means staying active in the weeks leading up to your meeting as we work together to support important advocacy priorities through social media platforms and calls to action. At your meeting on District Advocate day, you only have to be yourself and tell personal stories about music in your life. How does current legislation affect you? District Advocate participants are also asked to arrive early for their scheduled meeting and to dress appropriately (music business casual). Feel free to bring instruments to your meeting as well.
We encourage all members of the Recording Academy to participate, whether you are a Voting, Associate or Student member.
Meetings are scheduled for you by the Academy’s Advocacy team in Washington, D.C. Your Team Captain, a volunteer from your local chapter, will reach out to you directly with your meeting information as soon as your meeting has been scheduled. In some cases, due to an elected official’s busy schedule, meetings may not be confirmed until the day before. For that reason, we ask that you hold the day open to accommodate their schedules.
Typically, meetings will take place at an official’s district office. However, a meeting can also occur at a coffeeshop, a school, or a music related venue. For larger groups that cannot fit in a district office, the Academy will secure an appropriate venue to host the meeting.
Members of Congress have busy, often-changing schedules. Academy staff will be working on scheduling a meeting time and will strive to notify you as soon as possible once the meeting details are finalized. However, until a meeting is secured with the office, we do ask that you hold the day and remain flexible.
Meeting with a staff member is just as important as meeting with your Senator or Representative. Staff are the eyes and ears for their bosses and can influence their decisions on policy making.
We need your home address so that we can properly assign you to a meeting with your lawmaker. And it is important for the Academy to have your phone number in case we need to contact you with any scheduling changes or other issues that might pop up at the last minute. We will also send out text messages post-registration with relevant information and action items for participants.
Yes, the Academy will conduct two training webinars prior to District Advocate day and provide a toolkit with talking points and a social media guide, so that you are fully equipped to be an effective advocate. Participants can also submit specific questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.