Watch Keith Urban's full remarks at the 2017 GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards on April 5 in Washington, D.C. Urban, recipient of the Recording Artists' Coalition Award, discusses topics such as how the guitar become his "voice" as a child, his parents' support on the road to becoming a working musician, seeing Johnny Cash in concert at age 5, his personal passion for music education in schools, and how his high school music teacher, Mrs. Grimmer, inspired him.
"What I ask is a broader conversation that involves seeing and thinking about music education in a different way," said Urban. "It's not just some frivolous edge activity that's on the periphery that can be discarded. … Music has a profound need and requirement in schools and in kids' lives."
The GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards also honored Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) for their ongoing support of music. Hosted by Martina McBride, the event celebrated the cultural institutions of music and the arts, and highlighted critical issues affecting music creators' rights.
GRAMMY winners Zac Brown Band were among the honorees at the 2016 GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards on April 13 in Washington, D.C., where they were presented with the Recording Artists' Coalition Award. Reps. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Thomas J. Rooney (R-Fla.) were also honored for their support of fair pay for music creators. Hosted by GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale, the event, known as "Washington's most interesting mix of music and politics," also featured performances by Warren Haynes, Collective Soul's Ed Roland and Zac Brown Band, among others.
Alicia Keys was among the honorees at the 2015 GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards on April 15 in Washington, D.C. First lady Michelle Obama presented the Recording Artists' Coalition Award to the 15-time GRAMMY winner. Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) were also honored for their support of music creators' unique role in American life. The event, known as "Washington's most interesting mix of music and politics," also featured performances by Hunter Hayes, Angela Hunte and Ledisi, among others.
On April 2 artists and members of Congress gathered for The Recording Academy's 2014 GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards at The Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C. Lady Antebellum received the Recording Artists' Coalition Award, and House of Representatives Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) were honored for their support of music creators. Hosted by GRAMMY winner Joy Williams of the Civil Wars, performers included Hanson, Lady Antebellum and Los Lonely Boys.
The 2012 GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards honored Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter/producer John Mayer for their commitment to improving the working environment for the nation's music community. Special guests included folk/rock artist Donovan, six-time GRAMMY winner Buddy Guy, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen, and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.
The Recording Academy honored Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and eight-time GRAMMY winner and Recording Artists' Coalition co-founder Don Henley at the 10th Annual GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards at the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel in Washington, D.C., on April 13.