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BMI Supports Songwriters at GRAMMYs on the Hill

Posted in News on April 3, 2014
BMI's Richard Conlon and Joe DiMona with NARAs Board member Judy Tint and musician Ben Allison gather in the U.S. House of Representatives Cannon Office Building to lobby Congress.
BMI's Richard Conlon and Joe DiMona with NARAs Board member Judy Tint and musician Ben Allison gather in the U.S. House of Representatives Cannon Office Building to lobby Congress.

BMI senior executives are used to mixing music with politics, demonstrated most recently as champions of the Songwriters Equity Act, and they have again returned to Washington, D.C., this time for the Recording Academy’s 2014 GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards. The event calls for the music industry to lobby together under a single message of fair compensation for all.

Last night’s ceremony honored several musical artists as well as House of Representatives Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who were saluted for their support and understanding of music creators’ unique role in American life. The high-profile evening featured a cocktail reception, dinner and awards presentation and was attended by members of the recording and entertainment industries, along with BMI affiliates including GRAMMY-winning band Los Lonely Boys, five-time GRAMMY winner Dionne Warwick and Wesley Schultz of the Lumineers, in addition to numerous Washington luminaries and policymakers.

Today, the Recording Academy is hosting GRAMMYs on the Hill Advocacy Day, where hundreds of music professionals, including BMI Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Communications and New Media, Richard Conlon, and BMI Vice President, Legal Affairs, Joe DiMona, will visit with lawmakers to advance policies that improve the viability of livelihoods for American music creators.

Visit our Advocacy page for more on BMI’s efforts to protect your music.