District Advocate is the largest grassroots advocacy movement for music. On October 2, 2019 for the sixth consecutive year, Recording Academy members amplified their voices across the U.S. as they met with their congressional representatives in their local districts and fight for creators' rights.
Join the movement! Use the Music Advocacy Action Tool on this page below to contact your Members of Congress and tell them to support creators’ rights.
Recording Academy members played an integral role in the passage of the Music Modernization Act. Each year, on District Advocate Day, they show Congress there’s much more that lawmakers can do to protect music and its makers.
"District Advocate is a tremendous advocacy tool ... I love being a part of this movement."
"It's important for me to take ownership of my own independent career as an artist. That means taking an active part in legislation that affects my future income and opportunities as a performing artist."
“District Advocate is a way to ensure my voice is heard.”
"The Recording Academy provided a very clear and concise direction for us. This made our chat with the Congressman flow easily and quickly for a positive experience."
"If we don’t give ourselves a voice out here, who will? It’s up to us to push for better lives for our music community."
"I complain a lot about my experiences in the music business. I decided to stop complaining and try to do something about it."
"Every time I find myself in the office of one of the Congressmen or Senators as an advocate for these issues, I leave feeling heard and hopeful."
"Building relationships in congress to further progress for music creators is critical. There is a personal connection made at District Advocate day ...that makes our meetings memorable and unique."
The Recording Academy’s District Advocate program is the largest grassroots advocacy movement for music and its creators. Held annually in the fall, Recording Academy members visit the local district offices of their elected representatives to discuss issues affecting their livelihoods, including fair compensation for songwriters, performers, and studio professionals.
All active members of the Recording Academy are eligible to participate, including Voting, Professional (formerly Associate), and Student members.
While registration to attend the in-person meetings on District Advocate day is restricted to Recording Academy members, non-members (music professionals, creators, and fans) are encouraged to participate via social media and by using the online Music Advocacy Action Tool on October 2. Sign up to be a part of the District Advocate movement here >>
For Recording Academy members, being part of District Advocate is more than just showing up to a meeting on District Advocate day. Being an advocate means staying active in the weeks leading up to the meetings to support important music advocacy priorities through social media and calls-to-action on specific legislative issues.
At meetings on District Advocate day, advocates simply have to be themselves, tell personal stories about music in their lives, and provide real-world examples of how current legislation affects them. Advocates are expected to arrive early for their scheduled meeting and to dress appropriately (music business casual). Bringing instruments to meetings is encouraged to provide a musical context to the conversation.
All meetings are scheduled by the Recording Academy’s Advocacy team in Washington, D.C. A representative from your local chapter will reach out to you directly with your meeting information as soon as it has been scheduled. Advocates are asked to reserve all of District Advocate day in their calendars to accommodate schedules until the meeting is booked. Please note: In some cases, due to an elected official’s busy schedule, meetings may not be confirmed until the day before. Your flexibility is greatly appreciated.
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.
Typically, meetings will take place at an official’s local office. However, a meeting can also occur at a coffee shop, a school, or a music related venue. For larger groups that cannot fit in a local district office, the Academy will secure an appropriate venue to host the meeting.
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.
Your home address is required to match you with the correct lawmaker that represents your local district. Your phone number is necessary in case your meeting group leader (aka Team Captain) needs to contact you with any last minute scheduling changes or conflicts. We may also send text messages with relevant information and/or action items for participants leading up to District Advocate day and beyond.
Yes. The Academy will provide you with everything you need prior to your District Advocate day meeting, including talking points on the important legislative issues and a social media guide with tips to help amplify your efforts—you will be fully equipped to be an effective advocate. Participants can also submit specific questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.