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November 21, 2019: Recording Academy Chief Industry, Government, & Member Relations Officer Daryl P. Friedman thanks Senator Marsha Blackburn and Representative Jerry Nadler for their leadership on the AM-FM Act, and ask members of Congress who recognize the importance of intellectual property to join them and pass this legislation.

March 27, 2019: The Recording Academy congratulates Karyn. A Temple on her official appointment as Register of Copyrights for the U.S. Copyright Office and looks forward to working closely with her on issues vital to music creators.

 
 

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Music Advocacy & Public Policy: Advancing The Rights Of Music Creators
The only membership organization representing all music creators, the Recording Academy is known as the "supersized musicians lobby" by Congressional Quarterly. The Academy's Advocacy & Public Policy office in Washington, D.C., serves as policymakers' go-to representative of the collective world of recording professionals — performers, songwriters, and studio professionals.

Comments of the Recording Academy Regarding Ensuring Transparency for the Mechanical Licensing Collective
The Academy submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office in response to its Notice of Inquiry seeking additional input regarding issues related to ensuring appropriate transparency for the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) and the musical works database.
June 8, 2020

Testimony of Harvey Mason jr. to the Senate Judiciary IP Subcommittee
Recording Academy Chairman and Interim CEO, Harvey Mason jr., testified at the Senate Judiciary IP Subcommittee's virtual hearing titled, "Scope of Music Rights within the DMCA."
May 27, 2020

Comments of the Recording Academy Regarding Data and Technical Operations for the Mechanical Licensing Collective
The Academy submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office in response to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding data and data collection, and other technical operations, for the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC).
May 22, 2020

Recording Academy’s Letter in Support of COVID-19 Emergency Funding for the Music Community
Harvey Mason jr., Chairman and Interim CEO, sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader McConnell, Republican Leader McCarthy, and Minority Leader Schumer requesting emergency support for the music community.
March 18, 2020

Recording Academy’s Written Testimony in Support of Funding the NEA
Daryl Friedman, Chief Industry, Government, & Member Relations Officer of the Recording Academy, submitted written testimony to the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies requesting full funding of the National Endowment for the Arts for Fiscal Year 2021.
March 5, 2020

Reply Comments of the Recording Academy Regarding Implementing Regulations for the Blanket License for Digital Uses and Mechanical Licensing Collective​
The Academy submitted reply comments to the U.S. Copyright Office in response to its Notice of Inquiry regarding the implementation of the Music Modernization Act and regulations for the new blanket license and the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC).
December 20, 2019

Comments of the Recording Academy Regarding Implementation of the Mechanical Licensing Collective
The Academy submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office in response to its Notice of Inquiry regarding the operations and governance of the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC).
November 8, 2019

Comments of the Recording Academy Regarding the Review of the ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees
The Academy submitted comments to the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division in response to its review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees.
August 9, 2019

Recording Academy’s Written Testimony in Support of Funding the NEA
Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy, submitted written testimony to the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies requesting full funding of the National Endowment for the Arts for Fiscal Year 2020.
May 15, 2019

Comments of the Recording Academy Regarding the Mechanical Licensing Collective
The Academy submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office in response to its Request for Information regarding the designation of the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) and Digital Licensee Coordinator (DLC).
April 22, 2019

Comments of the Recording Academy Regarding Pre-72 Sound Recordings
Recording Academy’s Comments responding to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the noncommercial use of Pre-1972 sound recordings under the MMA.
March 7, 2019

Reply Comments of the Recording Academy Regarding Pre-72 Sound Recordings
Recording Academy’s Reply Comments responding to the Notice of Inquiry on the noncommercial use of Pre-1972 sound recordings under the MMA.
December 11, 2018

Recording Academy FTC Filing on Online Event Ticket Sales, Project No. P18450
The Academy submitted comments to the Federal Trade Commission on issues related to the online event-ticket marketplace.
December 5, 2018

Testimony of Justin Roberts To The Senate Judiciary Committee
GRAMMY-nominated artist and Recording Academy Trustee Justin Roberts testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee and urged members to pass the Music Modernization Act (S. 2823). Roberts spoke of how current outdated copyright laws have impacted all music creators, including those who may not be household names, and specifically highlighted producers and other studio professionals behind the scenes. If passed, the MMA would provide the first major reform to copyright law in decades.
May 15, 2018

Recording Academy’s Written Testimony in Support of Funding the NEA
After proposed budget cuts by the White House, Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow submitted written testimony to the House Appropriation Committee for the second year in a row requesting full funding of the National Endowment for the Arts for Fiscal Year 2019.
May 17, 2018

Testimony of Neil Portnow to the House Judiciary Committee
Recording Academy President/CEO, Neil Portnow, testified in New York City alongside a diverse panel of music creators at the House Judiciary Committee's field hearing titled, "Music Policy Issues: A Perspective From Those Who Make It.” 
January 26, 2018

Recording Academy’s Comments on Wireless Microphone Protections
In comments to the FCC, the Recording Academy supported the Commission’s proposal to expand interference protections for wireless microphones used in the professional performing arts.
October 2, 2017

Recording Academy’s Written Testimony in Support of Funding the NEA
Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy, submitted written testimony to the Senate and House Appropriation Committees requesting full funding of the National Endowment for the Arts for Fiscal Year 2018.
May 23, 2017

Reply Comments of the Recording Academy on Moral Rights of Attribution
In a filing to the U.S. Copyright Office, the Recording Academy outlined steps to strengthen the right of attribution for music creators at the federal level.
May 15, 2017

Coalition Statement - Support International Cultural Activity
The Recording Academy joins with other leading arts organizations to express concerns about the Trump Administration's Executive Order imposing travel restrictions and to urge continued access to visas for artists impacted by the Executive Order.
February 3, 2017

Letter to President-elect Donald Trump from Recording Academy’s National Advocacy Committee Regarding Support for Music Creators
The Recording Academy’s National Advocacy Committee submits a letter to President-elect Donald Trump to outline the concerns of the music community and to ask for his support for reforms that will ensure that music creators are compensated fairly for their work.
November 29, 2016

Comments Of Recording Academy In The Matter Of Section 512 Study
The Recording Academy makes recommendations regarding Section 512 and the notice and takedown process created under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
April 1, 2016

Reply Comments of The Recording Academy Regarding The Department of Justice Review of ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees
The Recording Academy makes recommendations to the U.S. Department of Justice concerning modifications to the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees, specifically the question of partial or fractional licensing by PROs. The filing is co-signed by prominent songwriters, including Evan Bogart, Ryan Tedder, Harvey Mason, Jr., Jason Evigan, Wayne Hector, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Emanuel Kiriakou, Savan Kotecha, Greg Kurstin, Luke Laird, Maureen “Mozella” McDonald, and Ricky Reed.
November 20, 2015

Reply Comments Of The National Academy Of Recording Arts & Sciences In The Matter Of Music Licensing Study
The Recording Academy submits a detailed outline of its position on music licensing practices in a second  filing with the U.S. Copyright Office.
September 12, 2014

Comments of The Recording Academy Regarding The Department of Justice Review of ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees
The Recording Academy makes recommendations to the U.S. Department of Justice concerning modifications to the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees.
August 6, 2014

Testimony of Neil Portnow To The House Judiciary Committee
Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy, testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet on music licensing.
June 10, 2014

Comments Of The National Academy Of Recording Arts & Sciences In The Matter Of Music Licensing Study
The Recording Academy outlines its position on music licensing practices in a filing with the U.S. Copyright Office.
May 23, 2014

Neil Portnow Calls For "Harmony, Unity, Parity" At 2014 GRAMMYs On The Hill Awards
A transcript of the keynote address by Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow at the 2014 GRAMMYs On The Hill Awards on April 2 at The Hamilton in Washington, D.C. In his remarks, Portnow calls for unity within the music community and proposes an omnibus music bill.
April 2, 2014

Recording Academy Files Amicus Brief With Supreme Court In Support Of Copyright Holders
The Recording Academy, along with a number of other organizations representing the music industry, filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in the case ABC v. Aereo Inc. The case involves an Internet streaming service (Aereo) that retransmits over-the-air broadcast television signals to its Internet subscribers in the New York area without licensing the broadcast content. The amicus brief asks the court to reaffirm the public performance right in the context of the Internet.
March 3, 2014

Testimony Of Maria Schneider To The House Judiciary Committee
GRAMMY-winning composer and Recording Academy New York Chapter Board member Maria Schneider testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet at a hearing concerning the notice and takedown provisions of the Copyright Act. Speaking on behalf of Academy members, Schneider explained that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act — which provides safe harbors for websites that host infringing content — no longer meets the challenges of the digital age. Schneider also outlined a three-step overhaul of the DMCA's notice and takedown process.
March 13, 2014

Copyright Review Letter To Chairman Of The House Judiciary Committee Rep. Bob Goodlatte
July 10, 2013

Testimony Of Jimmy Jam To The House Judiciary Committee
Jimmy Jam, Chair Emeritus of the Recording Academy, testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet at a hearing titled "Music Licensing Part One: Legislation In The 112th Congress." Jam spoke out against legislation that would cut artists royalties from digital radio broadcast and affirmed the need to establish performance rights on traditional radio.
November 28, 2012

Letter to Rep. Jason Chaffetz Opposing Bill To Slash Internet Radio Royalties
The Recording Academy submitted a letter to Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) expressing opposition to the so-called "Internet Radio Fairness Act."
Oct. 1, 2012

Recording Academy Files Amicus Brief Supporting Public Performance Rights On The Internet
The Recording Academy, along with a number of other organizations representing the music industry, filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the case ABC v. Aereo Inc. The case involves an Internet streaming service (Aereo) that retransmits over-the-air broadcast television signals to its Internet subscribers in the New York area without licensing the broadcast content. The amicus brief asks the court to affirm the public performance right in the context of the Internet.
Sept. 21, 2012

Letter to Congressional Supercommittee
Nov. 16, 2011

Academy Files Amicus Brief Opposing Video Game Censorship
The Recording Academy, along with other groups opposed to government censorship, filed an amicus brief in Supreme Court case of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California, et al., Petitioners v. Entertainment Merchants Association, et al. The court heard arguments on Nov. 2 about a California law, which was overturned on appeal in 2007, that would allow the state to restrict the sales of video games on a vague basis that the games harm the ethical or moral development of minors.
Sept. 17, 2010

Obama Administration Supports The Performance Rights Act
Cameron Kerry, the general counsel of the Department of Commerce, sent a letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-La.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, expressing the department's support for the bill. The letter noted the department had urged lawmakers several times since the 1970s to create a public performance right for sound recordings. In addition, Kerry wrote that extending the performance right for sound recordings "would provide a level playing field for all broadcasters to compete in the current environment of rapid technological change, including the Internet, satellite and terrestrial broadcasters."
April 1, 2010

Recording Academy's Letter To The FCC
The Recording Academy submitted a letter to the Federal Communications Commission in response to its "Further Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking" report addressing the use of wireless microphones.
March 1, 2010

musicFIRST Coalition Advertisement
The musicFIRST Coalition ran a print advertisement in several Washington, D.C., publications.
Feb. 23, 1010

musicFIRST Coalition Letter To Congress
The musicFIRST Coalition sent a letter regarding the Performance Rights Act to Congress urging them to pass the bill.
Feb. 18, 2010

AFL-CIO/NAACP Letter In Roll Call
A letter supporting the Performance Rights Act appeared in Roll Call, signed by leading African-American and Latino civil rights groups as well as the AFL-CIO, AFM and AFTRA.
Dec. 7, 2009

Rep. Conyers And Sen. Leahy Call For Performance Rights Act Negotiations
Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) sent a letter to the National Association of Broadcasters calling for negotiations on the Performance Rights Act.
Oct. 30, 2009

Pol Position
Editorial by Shelia E. and Alice Peacock regarding the Performance Rights Act
Billboard — Sept. 5, 2009

Sheila E.'s Senate Judiciary Hearing Testimony
Aug. 4, 2009

A Fair Reward For Radio Artists
Letter from Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow and AFTRA National Executive Director Kim Roberts-Hedgepeth
The Washington Post — June 26, 2009

Amicus Brief In ASCAP Case
The Recording Academy and other groups representing songwriters filed this document in support of performance royalties for audio-visual downloads
June 17, 2009

Interview With Recording Academy's Daryl Friedman
Electronic Musician — Aug. 2007

MGM v. Grokster Brief
June 27, 2005