The first-ever Recording Arts Day will bring more than 50 musicians and music professionals to Capitol Hill Sept. 7 to visit lawmakers and spread the word about the importance of the recording arts in
The first-ever Recording Arts Day will bring more than 50 musicians and music professionals to Capitol Hill Sept. 7 to visit lawmakers and spread the word about the importance of the recording arts in American culture.
The Recording Academy is coordinating the big D.C. grass-roots effort, and will be joined by officials from the music unions, songwriter groups, the performing rights organizations, the Recording Artists' Coalition, the National Music Publishers' Assn. and the Recording Industry Assn. of America.
So far, the confirmed list of artists planning to walk the halls of Congress include Gloria Estefan, Jimmy Jam, Dave Koz, Earl Klugh and producers Desmond Child and Randy Jackson.
The NARAS announcement says the day is "designed to inform policymakers of the important role the recording arts play in the nation's culture and economy, stress the value of music education, especially in cultivating the next generation of artists."
In an event during the day, Estefan will meet and counsel young musicians, and participate in a jam session with members of Congress and other guest artists. (Billboard.biz hears that 88 year old fiddler, Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W-Va., will NOT be among the Congressional jammers.).
That evening, the Recording Academy will honor two music-friendly lawmakers and Estefan at the 5th annual Grammys on the Hill event at the Willard Inter-Continental Hotel.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. the chair of the Senate's Songwriters' Caucus, is being honored for "a lifetime commitment to education"; Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., an active advocate in Washington for creators' rights and co-chair of the Recording Arts and Sciences Caucus, will get the award for "leading the passage of the Sound Recording Preservation Act." Estefan will be honored for her "exceptional 25-year music career."
Additionally, the Music Department of Danville High School in Danville, Ark.--an Enterprise Award-winning Grammy Signature School--will be recognized for its outstanding commitment to music education despite economic challenges.