Acclaimed composer, orchestrator and violinist Andrew Joslyn will join Yolanda Adams as co-chair of the Recording Academy’s National Advocacy Committee, the organization announced Thursday (Nov. 11).
Joslyn, a Seattle native, is a respected music advocate, creator, performer and collaborator who has contributed to over 400 songs across his career.
This breadth of experience “will be an invaluable asset alongside the exceptional Yolanda Adams as we strive for economic fairness for all creators,” commented Harvey Mason jr., CEO of the Recording Academy, who will serve as an ex officio member.
“Every creator that contributes to the music recording process is facing their own unique set of challenges, and we look forward to continuing the success of the past year in producing meaningful change and advancement of key priorities.”
The changes continue with the Committee adding Tammy Hurt, chair of the Academy’s Board of Trustees; and Grammy Award-nominated artist, songwriter and producer Rico Love.
Advocacy Committee members include founding member and chair of the Songwriters & Composers Wing, Evan Bogart; Grammy-winning composer, producer and singer Claudia Brant; and three-time Grammy-winning drummer, composer, producer, and educator Terri Lyne Carrington.
The Advocacy Committee will “continue its work toward economic fairness and recovery for all music creators,” reads a statement from the organization.
Its ongoing work includes advocating for the Help Independent Tracks Succeed (HITS) Act, which allows an individual to fully expense for tax purposes the cost of new studio recordings on their taxes, up to $150,000, within the same year of production. And the American Music Fairness Act (AMFA), which enables artists and producers to collect royalties when their music is broadcast on radio.