Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz has been named district ambassador for the Recording Academy’s sixth annual District Advocate Day, the organization announced Tuesday (Aug. 13). This year’s edition, the first with a District Ambassador, is slated to take place Oct. 2.
“As the people who write and record the nation’s soundtrack, we have a responsibility to unite in support of one another and ensure that music as a career, and an art form, is protected for the next generation of creators,” said Mraz in a statement. “Last year, we proved that advocacy works with the passage of the Music Modernization Act. We need to continue that momentum and resolve some of the outstanding issues to ensure proper compensation and protections for all music creators.”
The largest grassroots initiative for music in the U.S., each year District Advocate Day brings together music creators with members of Congress to discuss issues important to the community. Matters to be discussed this year include passage of the CASE Act, which would create a small claims copyright court for independent artists and songwriters; the establishment of a performance right on terrestrial radio; fair compensation for songwriters during the Department of Justice’s review of consent decrees; and protecting arts funding.