The Recording Academy will present its 2012 GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards in Washington, D.C., on April 25 at the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel. Often referred to as Washington's most interesting mix of music and politics, the event will honor Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and seven-time GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter/producer John Mayer for their commitment to improving the working environment for the nation's music community.
The awards ceremony, sponsored by SESAC, will feature special guest presenters and performers to help recognize the achievements of Berman and Mayer as well as a GRAMMY Foundation Signature School that has demonstrated excellence in music education.
"Advocating for the protection of music makers' rights is an essential part of the work we do at The Academy, and GRAMMYs on the Hill is an excellent opportunity to recognize leaders and influencers who work on this mission, while inviting our members to utilize their voice," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "This year we are proud to honor Rep. Berman, who has a long history of working to support music creators, and John Mayer, who beyond being an enormous talent is also an active philanthropist in arts and education."
The GRAMMYs on the Hill events will also include the music community's only annual advocacy day on Capitol Hill on April 26, at which hundreds of music professionals from across the country will visit with legislators to advance pro-music policies that improve the environment for music and its makers. GRAMMYs on the Hill Advocacy Day will feature a morning briefing with keynote speeches by leading legislators and lobbying members of Congress.
Berman has represented California's 28th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives for 15 terms. He serves as ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee as well as on the House Judiciary Committee and has participated in a number of Recording Academy programs. A champion of intellectual property rights, Berman has led efforts to protect the rights of artists and songwriters throughout his career. Most recently, he played a leadership role in ensuring artist-broadcaster negotiations would lead to a performance right for artists, and has championed numerous antipiracy bills. His deep understanding of the role intellectual property plays in creating jobs, promoting trade, and elevating the nation's cultural life has made him a leader in Congress.
The consistency with which Mayer combines word craft and melody has earned him rarefied status as a respected songwriter and musician. As one of the few musicians to achieve both critical acclaim and popular appeal, the seven-time GRAMMY winner has earned accolades for each album release while selling in excess of 17 million albums worldwide. Known as a musician who defies genre boundaries, Mayer is well known for collaborations with a range of artists. From rock to blues, hip-hop, jazz, and country, Mayer has performed and/or recorded with T Bone Burnett, Eric Clapton, David Crosby, Dixie Chicks, Buddy Guy, Herbie Hancock, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, B.B. King, and Graham Nash. His philanthropic work extends from music education with the GRAMMY Foundation to collaborating with the Northern California Institute for Research and Education to create the Veterans Health and Integration Program — a civilian/military partnership providing support to military personnel transitioning from combat duty to civilian life.