Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.C.) shows off his Grammys on the Hill award. (l-r): Producer Scott Hendricks, P&E Wing Sr. Executive Director Maureen Droney, producer Matt Serletic, producer David Kahne, Rep. Howard Coble, producer Adam Anders, Recording Academy Vice President Advocacy & Government Relations Daryl Friedman, producer Ray Benson, producer Johnny K.
Washington, DC (August 1, 2011)—-Last week, music producers met with Congressional leaders on Capitol Hill as part of the Recording Academy and its Producers & Engineers Wing’s Grammys on the Hill initiative.
The event included meetings, a panel discussion and musical demonstrations in order to provide insight into the role that producers and engineers play in the music recording process. Discussions focused on intellectual property, performance rights, the economic and cultural importance of music, and the changing landscape of the recording industry.
Producers on hand included Adam Anders (Glee), Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel, Willie Nelson, Suzy Boguss), Scott Hendricks (Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson), Johnny K. (3 Doors Down, Disturbed, Staind), David Kahne (Bangles, Paul McCartney, Regina Spektor) and Matt Serletic (Santana/Rob Thomas, Matchbox Twenty, Collective Soul).
Meeting with the producers were Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.C.), Chair and Vice Chair, respectively of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet. The group also met with Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.).
Maureen Droney, Sr. Executive Director of The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, remarked, “This is a huge milestone for us, to be able to meet with key Congressional influencers and educate them about the important role of the people who work behind the scenes to create music, as well as to discuss issues, such as the protection of intellectual property, that affect all music creators. This reinforces and continues our mission to improve the lives and livelihoods of music makers.”
The noontime panel was held before a standing-room-only crowd that included Rep. Conyers, Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) and Rep. Coble. Moderated by Recording Academy Vice President of Advocacy & Government Relations Daryl Friedman, the panelists delved into the art, craft and process of recording, from discovering and developing talent, to finding songs and matching them with artists, the impact of digital technologies, and the skills required for getting great performances and helping artists to connect with their audience. They also shared examples of their work that showed the evolution of several hit songs from demo to finished product.
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