Recording Academy president Neil Portnow, in an exclusive interview, says that the group is coordinating a first-ever multi-artist-group Recording Arts Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill Sept. 7.

Recording Academy president Neil Portnow, in an exclusive interview, says that the group is coordinating a first-ever multi-artist-group Recording Arts Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill Sept. 7.

So far, the Recording Artists Coalition, the American Federation of Radio & Television Artists, BMI and SESAC are on board. More participating groups are in the works, says Portnow.

Recording artists, musicians and songwriters will join the groups' execs to talk with lawmakers about artists' rights issues, and the important role the music community plays in the nation's cultural life.

The day-long event will close with a Grammys on the Hill presentation and dinner at the Willard Hotel. The Academy will honor a Senator, a Congressperson and an artist who have worked to advance artists' rights.

Portnow was in town June 8 to meet with his VP for Advocacy ad Government Relations Daryl Freidman and to present an award to one of last year's winners, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., who missed the presentation last year due to her husband's subsequently successful heart surgery.

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