District Advocate Day 2020
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District Advocate Day 2020: Music Creators Take Their Advocacy Online
This year has had its challenges but last week brought empowerment and hope to music creators across the country as Recording Academy members spoke with elected leaders about issues affecting their community during District Advocate Day on Aug. 12. The Recording Academy's seventh-year organizing the event brought forth almost 2,000 Recording Academy members in over 250 gatherings with Members of Congress.
Among creators using their voice to bring awareness was GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter and Recording Academy Trustee John Legend who had some facetime with the Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.)
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) sat down with GRAMMY winning singer/songwriter and Recording Academy Trustee PJ Morton to discuss how certain pieces of legislation could help creators financially recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, including the RESTART Act and the HITS Act.
Yolanda Adams, Victoria Monét, Offset, and José Feliciano were other recognizable names who joined in on the day. The event gave hundreds of Members of Congress insight into what's happening on the ground—from artists who take the big stage to producers and engineers in the recording studio.
From Texas to Delaware, California to Florida, lawmakers heard the passionate pleas of the music-making community, who gave a local face to the pandemic’s impacts on the creative workforce and small businesses.
Missed the event? Check out the tweets below and take action to continue to amplify our call on Congress to pass creator-friendly legislation.