The ARTS Act (S. 2510) is a welcome step toward fixing a broken system.
In a compelling editorial in Washington’s The Hill, Daryl P. Friedman, Chief Industry, Government & Member Relations Officer of The Recording Academy, stressed that the time for action on music legislation reform is now.
GRAMMYs on the Hill 2016 had a greater media impact than ever before, with 30 total pieces of coverage, and more to come. Most notable were Academy Trustee and Advocacy Co-Chair Harvey Mason Jr. and Dee Snider appearing on two morning news programs in the Washington, D.C., market. In addition, Academy members penned op-eds that were placed in local papers across the country to target key Members of Congress.
In recent years, The Recording Academy has strengthened its stance in Washington, D.C., to fight for music legislation reforms. The common underlying theme: “We’re not gonna take it.” From establishing fair market royalty rates and performance rights for terrestrial radio to closing pre-1972 loopholes and codifying royalty payments to producers, there are numerous updates that should be made to current music legislation, many of which are addressed in the Fair Play Fair Pay Act.
To further drive home this need, The Recording Academy has selected a powerful new version of Twisted Sister’s hit single “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by group lead singer Dee Snider as the official anthem to complement the effort to pass the Fair Play Fair Pay Act. The song (previewed above) was recently performed on Capitol Hill for members of Congress and The Recording Academy at the 2016 GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards. To get involved, visit GRAMMY.com/Action.
A recent story in Advertising Week titled "Here We Go Again: The Latest Round In The Fight For Music Royalties" quotes The Recording Academy's Chief Industry, Government and Member Services Officer Daryl P. Friedman.
Daryl P. Friedman, Chief Industry, Government & Member Relations Officer for The Recording Academy, issued a statement today in response to the Department of Justice's ruling after reviewing the ASCAP and BMI content decrees.
We applaud Taylor Swift for taking a lead role in voicing the concerns of songwriters, artists, and producers regarding Apple Music's launch, and we commend Apple for changing its policy.
Once again, the creator's voice prevailed – as it should. Taylor has demonstrated that when songwriters, artists and producers band together, they can achieve fairness for the creative community.
Recording Academy Sends Letter to President-elect Donald Trump
The Recording Academy has been a longtime supporter of music creators’ rights to proper acknowledgement in the form of credits across all digital platforms. Our 2012 ‘Give Fans The Credit’ campaign advocates this important cause, calling for music streaming services to ensure performers, songwriters and studio professionals alike are credited for their work on digitally released recordings.
The passage of the BOTS Act is an important win for artists and fans alike, bringing integrity back to the concert-going experience.
Artists set concert prices at affordable rates to ensure fans can attend and enjoy the show. Bots take that power away and sever the connection between artists and fans, while taking ticket prices to unobtainable rates. The BOTS Act gives the power back to the music creators, allowing fans to see their favorite artists without paying exorbitant prices to middlemen who contribute nothing to the show-going experience.
We thank Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) for their commitment to artists and fans, as well as the hundreds of Recording Academy members who advocated for this legislation.
Daryl P. Friedman Chief Industry
Government & Member Relations Officer
The Recording Academy
[with sarcasm] “Well, since big radio says artists should be happy to be on the radio and not paid, the radio lobby should surely support the PROMOTE Act.”