Statements

2019

 

Nov. 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.

Nov. 20, 2019: The Academy thanks Tennessee Governor Bill Halsam, the Tennessee Entertainment Commission, and the leaders of our Nashville and Memphis Chapters for creating more opportunities for music creators.

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.

2018

Nov. 20, 2018: The Academy thanks Tennessee Governor Bill Halsam, the Tennessee Entertainment Commission, and the leaders of our Nashville and Memphis Chapters for creating more opportunities for music creators.

Oct. 11, 2018:: The Academy celebrates the historic passage of the Music Modernization Act and the harmony and unity that got us here.

June 28, 2018: Following unanimous passage of the Music Modernization Act (S.2823) through the Senate Judiciary Committee, Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow celebrates the MMA’s continued momentum and thanks the Committee for its support.

April 25, 2018: Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow applauds the unanimous passage of the Music Modernization Act in the House as a historic step forward for all music creators.

April 10, 2018: House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R- Va.) and Ranking Member Jerry Nadler (D- N.Y.) introduce the Music Modernization Act (H.R. 5447), a comprehensive music licensing bill that’s been a goal of the Academy and its members for years.

March 22, 2018: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduce the AMP Act in the Senate, showing bipartisan and bicameral support for passing music copyright reform legislation.

Feb 14, 2018: The Recording Academy calls on Congress to continue supporting the arts and American creators after the White House proposes to cut funding for the NEA again.

Jan 10, 2018: The Recording Academy’s Daryl Friedman responds to Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-Calif.) announcement to retire and recognizes the congressman as a champion of fair compensation for music artists.

Jan 8, 2018: Daryl Friedman makes a statement on the Music Modernization Act (H.R. 4706) voicing the Recording Academy’s support for the newly introduced bill.  

2017

Dec 20, 2017: The Recording Academy congratulates Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), an expert on intellectual property, on his election to Democratic Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee.

Dec 19, 2017: Surrounding the 60th GRAMMY Awards, the Recording Academy announces plans for a music policy field hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee in New York City on Jan. 26, 2018.

July 19, 2017: The Recording Academy welcomes the CLASSICS Act (H.R. 3301), an important addition to the Fair Play Fair Pay Act that recognizes pre-1972 sound recordings. Daryl Friedman thanks Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) for introducing the comprehensive bill.

April 26, 2017: H.R. 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act, passes the House, showing Congress’ renewed investment in updating copyright laws.  

April 5, 2017: Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) show their support for music creators by introducing the PROMOTE Act (H.R. 1914), a bipartisan bill that lets artists control their work on radio.

March 24, 2017: The Recording Academy applauds House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.) for introducing the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (H.R. 1695).

March 16, 2017: Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy, releases a statement regarding the White House proposal to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts.

2016

Dec. 8, 2016: The BOTS Act (H.R. 5104) passes both chambers of Congress, protecting artists and fans and marking an important change in the concert-going experience.