The Nov. 2 U.S. election brought Republicans more control in states and districts across the nation, but will the shift in power have an impact on the music industry? Daryl P. Friedman, VP of advocacy and government relations at the Recording Academy, offers insight on how last night's election could affect some key music biz issues and whether the industry gained any new allies.

Do you think last night’s elections will have much of an impact on the music industry?
No, I don’t think it will have a significant impact on the music industry, for the main reason being that music issues have tended to be bipartisan issues. So none of the key champions have lost their elections. And the change in the party leadership in the House doesn’t necessarily change policy about music issues, because again, Republicans have been very supportive, as have Democrats.

Republicans have gained control of the House of Representatives. Will that affect anything for music folks?
The change in party leadership doesn’t really have a major impact, because the issues have been bipartisan. However, it does change chairmanship. Individual races and individual members become more powerful and have new positions because of that change. So whenever you’re dealing with a shift in party control of a chamber, the chairman of every committee becomes new, because the majority party always chairs every committee. And the chairmen of committee from the House are fairly powerful; they control a lot of the agenda. So we’re going to be seeing a lot of new people in charge of some of the key committees, and some of those folks are very well familiar with music issues.

Did the music industry lose any key allies in this election?
I think our key allies survived. The interesting thing is that a couple of really key musicians did not make it into the next Congress. John Hall, who played in the band New Orleans, is probably one of the most famous musicians in Congress. And he lost his re-election. And Paul Hodes, who is a professional musician and a member of the Musicians Union, ran for Senate and lost that race. So losing those two guys, we're losing two really good music people. But champions, in terms of intellectual property and music issues, they’re still there. We still have John Conyers, Orrin Hatch, Pat Leahy, Jim Cooper, Marsha Blackburn and the co-chairs of the Recording Arts and Sciences Caucus, Mary Bono Mack and Steny Hoyer.

Were any allies gained?
It remains to be seen. One interesting thing is that Darrell Issa, a Republican from California, will become the new chair of the Oversight Committee, which will become a very powerful and influential committee in Congress. Issa has been a champion of the performance rights issue. In fact, we just gave him our annual Grammys on the Hill award in April. So to have Darrell Issa in that key position is a good thing for the music industry. Another champion I should note who won her re-election is Mary Bono Mack, who was married to Sonny Bono. She’s a Republican who chairs the Recording Arts and Sciences Congressional Caucus. Her counterpart on the Democratic side also won re-election, and that’s Steny Hoyer. The two of them co-chair this music caucus called the Recording Arts and Sciences Congressional Caucus. The fact that they both won their re-elections is a good thing for the music industry.

Overall, will this race impact anything the Recording Academy is lobbying?
No, our main priority right now is the Performance Rights Act, and we feel because that’s been a bipartisan supported act that we’re strong going into the next session. The key music committee in the House and the Senate is the Judiciary Committee. That committee oversees intellectual property and any copyright issues, including the Performance Rights Act. So that chairman changes because of the party control change. It was John Conyers, who was a great champion, and it’s now Lamar Smith from Texas. We have confidence that Smith, being from a state with so many musicians, will be sympathetic to music issues and understand the importance to his constituents of protecting musicians.