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Latin GRAMMY Advocates: Luis Fonsi, Gloria Estefan & More
"Did you catch the Latin GRAMMYs live from Las Vegas last night? And did you know there are many Latin artists and music creators involved in the fight for creative rights?" -Conversations In Advocacy #69
The 2019 Latin GRAMMY Awards marked 20 years of the Latin Recording Academy honoring the best of the best in Latin music. Among its biggest stars and most successful music makers, the Latin music community is rich with passionate advocates for creators' rights. Let's take a look at just a few of those active in advocacy:
Latin legend Gloria Estefan is no stranger to fighting for creators' rights. The three-time GRAMMY winner and four-time Latin GRAMMY Winner attended the District Advocate Rally at The Wynwood Yard in 2018 in her hometown of Miami..
Another Florida-based singing staple of the Latin charts, Jon Secada lent his legendary voice to the cause, attending a meeting last month with Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) during the Recording Academy’s District Advocate day. With a pair of GRAMMY wins and one Latin GRAMMY win to his name, Secada's contributions to the conversation about creators' rights are invaluable.
That same day in Texas, Armando Lichtenberger of La Mafia met with Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas) to discuss key issue to music creators. Lichtenberger has earned two GRAMMYs and two Latin GRAMMYs for his work with the band. The meeting with Rep. Garcia was one of the 24 meetings with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus—touching two-thirds of the caucus, including Chairman Joaquin Castro (D-Texas).
It was my pleasure to meet with y’all. Saludos! https://t.co/h6MxSamzDv
— Rep. Sylvia Garcia (@RepSylviaGarcia) October 2, 2019
Smash hit songwriter Erika Ender performed at GRAMMYs On The Hill in 2018 alongside country stars Little Big Town. The two-time Latin GRAMMY winner and GRAMMY nominee best known for co-writing "Despacito" also met with her representatives as part of Advocacy Day to talk about songwriters rights.
Keith Nieto from the two-time GRAMMY nominees La Maquinaria Norteña also participated in last year’s GRAMMYs On The Hill . His band was also nominated for Best Norteño Album at last night's 20th Latin GRAMMYs.
Finally, Luis Fonsi, Puerto Rican international superstar and GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY nominee, visited with Members of Congress during GRAMMY week in 2018 to talk about issues near and dear to music makers. Fonsi was up for Album Of The Year at this year's Latin GRAMMYs for his tenth studio album, Vida.
— GRAMMY Advocacy (@GRAMMYAdvocacy) November 7, 2019
The Latin Recording Academy has also raised its voice in support of creators over the years, most recently sending a letter in support of The Copyright Alternative Small Claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act), which has passed in the House and now moves to the Senate for a vote, one step closer to the President's desk and becoming a law.
As we congratulate the Latin GRAMMYs on 20 years of excellence, we also thank the many members of the Latin music community for raising their voices in support of creators’ rights. You too can learn more about issues and policy affecting music makers and contact your Members of Congress today to urge them to support the CASE Act. For a full recap of the 20th Latin GRAMMYs, check out our GRAMMY.com coverage [LINK].