WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As part of the recently launched GRAMMY® Creators Alliance, The Recording Academy® has formed a Managers Think Tank to advise on issues impacting the music creator community. Established in direct response to bipartisan congressional requests for the music community to get involved with policy matters and speak with a unified voice, The GRAMMY Creators Alliance will utilize the Managers Think Tank to review legislative proposals, identify new issues, and advise policymakers on crafting long-term solutions to create a sustainable music marketplace. Comprised of 30 of the nation's leading representatives of music talent, founding Think Tank members include*:
Mark Beaven (Dr. Luke), Will Botwin (Ben Harper), Scooter Braun (Steve Angello, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande), Jay Brown (Rihanna, Shakira, Kanye West), Troy Carter (John Legend, Miguel, Meghan Trainor), Ansel Davis and Betsy McHugh (Hunter Hayes), Bruce Eskowitz (Herbie Hancock, Lionel Richie), Jordan Feldstein (Maroon 5), Marion Kraft (Miranda Lambert), Ron Laffitte (Alicia Keys, OneRepublic, Soundgarden, Pharrell Williams), Pat Magnarella (Goo Goo Dolls, Green Day, Rise Against), Susan Markheim (Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds), Michael McDonald (Ray LaMontagne, Walk The Moon, Childish Gambino), Daniel Miller (Lady Antebellum), Simon Renshaw (Dixie Chicks, Paulina Rubio), Larry Rudolph (Miley Cyrus, Avril Lavigne, Britney Spears, Steven Tyler), Bill Silva (Jason Mraz), John Silva (Beck, Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails), Damien Smith (Earth, Wind & Fire, Jennifer Hudson, Raphael Saadiq), Clarence Spalding (Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts), Ty Stiklorius (John Legend, Lindsey Stirling, Meghan Trainor), Gaines Sturdivant (The Band Perry), Lee Trink (Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker), Caron Veazey (Pharrell Williams), and Dean Wilson (deadmau5, Calvin Harris). Legal advisors include Jay Cooper, Joel Katz, Dina LaPolt, and Charles Ortner.
*clients listed for informational purposes only.
"As the Judiciary Committee continues its review of the Copyright Act, it is imperative that we understand the implications on the creators of content and their representatives," said Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. "I look forward to hearing the viewpoints of music creators as we consider changes to the law to ensure we 'promote the progress of science and useful arts,' as the framers intended. The GRAMMY Creators Alliance will be an important voice in this discussion."
"Immersed in music, technology, business, and IP, managers often serve as the primary business partner for creators; therefore, it was important to develop this Managers Think Tank as an integral resource for both congressional leadership and members of the Alliance," said Daryl P. Friedman, Chief Advocacy & Industry Relations Officer for The Recording Academy. "These managers are respected thought leaders in the industry, from large firms to boutiques, representing clients at varying career points—to help us identify the key issues that need to be addressed and ensure the creator's voice remains front and center in related policy discussions."
As the only membership organization that represents individual songwriters, artists, and producers (with no company members), The Recording Academy is in a unique position to provide an amplified voice for music makers for the greater good of the entire music community.
Announced during the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast on Feb. 8, 2015, the GRAMMY Creators Alliance is a growing coalition comprising some of the greatest songwriters, performers, and studio professionals in the creative community who will serve as a powerful voice advancing pro-creator legislation, educating policymakers on the lives of music makers, and engaging fellow artists to help shape the future of music. Founding GRAMMY Creators Alliance members include deadmau5, Dr. Luke, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Jennifer Hudson, Jimmy Jam, Alicia Keys, Lady Antebellum, Adam Levine, Ryan Tedder, and Steven Tyler.
For more information on the GRAMMY Creators Alliance, visit www.grammy.com/Alliance and follow @GRAMMYAdvocacy on Twitter.
About The Recording Academy
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on Foursquare, GetGlue, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.