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GRAMMY-Winning Gospel Artist Yolanda Adams Joins Continuing Co-Chair Sue Ennis To Lead Recording Academy National Advocacy Committee 

COMMITTEE WILL FOCUS ON ECONOMIC SUPPORT FOR CREATORS AS WELL AS HELPING MUSIC INDUSTRY RECOVERY EFFORTS AMIDST THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (SEPT. 29, 2020) 
— Today, the Recording Academy® announced four-time GRAMMY®-winning artist Yolanda Adams will join nationally-recognized songwriter Sue Ennis as Co-Chair of the Academy’s National Advocacy Committee. Serving as the voice for all music creators alongside the Academy’s Advocacy team in Washington, D.C., the committee is comprised of leading performers, producers, songwriters, and studio engineers, and works to determine specific policy positions of the Recording Academy and advance the interests of all music creators.
 
“We’re honored to have Yolanda lead the Recording Academy’s Advocacy Committee alongside hit songwriter Sue Ennis to help push forward vital legislation as our industry navigates the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond,” said Harvey Mason jr., Chair and Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “We’ve seen first-hand how music has the power to influence meaningful change, and we’re confident the Advocacy Committee’s wide breadth of backgrounds and perspectives provide a unique opportunity to build on the Academy’s successful efforts this summer in the fight for creators’ rights.”
 
Adams brings a strong advocacy background to the committee. She recently testified at a congressional hearing on intellectual property, sharing her perspective on the monetary and moral implications of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s Fair Use doctrine. Adams also participated in the Academy’s 7th annual District Advocate Day on Aug. 12, advocating alongside nearly 2,000 music professionals for critical support for the music community as it continues dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The Advocacy Committee will build on the work of the Recording Academy’s “Summer of Advocacy” initiative and the recent achievements by creators, including securing important provisions in the CARES Act by championing legislation that ensures individual creators, as well as small and medium-sized music businesses, including those that are minority-owned, receive the support they need. This includes: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;Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act, which ensures unemployment relief for independent workers with mixed income types, a category that includes many music creators across the country;RESTART Act, which responds to the urgent needs of hard-hit recording studios, concert venues, and other music businesses and nonprofits by creating a loan program to help keep them afloat through the remainder of 2020, and provide loan forgiveness as a backstop against continuing economic challenges; andSave Our Stages Act, which ensures that live music venues would have access to special grants designed to keep these critical facilities afloat for the next six months.Other Advocacy Committee members include GRAMMY-winning composer, producer, and singer Claudia Brant; GRAMMY-nominated artist Terry Jones; GRAMMY-winning engineer Emily Lazar; and GRAMMY-nominated artist, songwriter, and producer Rico Love. Chair and Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy Harvey Mason jr. and Chief Advocacy Officer Daryl P. Friedman serve as ex-officio members.
 
 ABOUT THE RECORDING ACADEMY
The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music’s history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum®, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares®, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards®—music’s only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world’s leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.
 
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Christina Dudash
Recording Academy
T. 310.392.3777
christina.dudash@recordingacademy.com
 
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Finn Partners
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katie.franklin@finnpartners.com
 
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OUR DEAR FRIEND, RUSS STILL, WRITES FROM NASHVILLE…

Hey Charles,

It’s been quite a week in Nashville!

I’m sure you’ve heard about the tornadoes (yes 2 of them) that ripped through Nashville early Tuesday morning.

The Writing Shack was completely unaffected, but areas very close to us sustained significant damage.  One of our favorite music venues, The Basement East, was destroyed.  Buildings collapsed, roofs ripped off, big trees down, power poles broken in two. In places it looks like a war zone. The city has been turned upside down with roads closed, public service offices,  schools and businesses closed. As bad as it was we’re grateful it wasn’t worse.

The thing that struck me most was the way people rushed in to help. Neighbors helping neighbors with the clean up. Folks handing out free food and water. People offering places to stay. Musicians offering gear to those who lost it.

Sometimes it takes adversity to see all that we have to be grateful for and that we’re all in this together.

Check out http://www.patreon.com/thewritingshack

Russ Still
russ@russstillmusic.com
3330 Cumberland Blvd
Suite 200
Atlanta GA 30339
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FOUR-TIME GRAMMY®-WINNING BAND AEROSMITH TO BE HONORED AS 2020 MUSICARES® PERSON OF THE YEAR



GALA BENEFITING MUSIC CREATORS AND PROFESSIONALS IN NEED WILL CELEBRATE ITS 30TH MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY ON JAN. 24SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (OCT. 4, 2019) — MusiCares® announced today that four-time GRAMMY®winning band Aerosmith will be honored as the 2020 MusiCares® Person of the Year. The tribute will take place during the 30th Anniversary MusiCares benefit gala, two nights prior to the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast. In the midst of celebrating 50 years as a band, Aerosmith will be recognized for their considerable philanthropic efforts over five decades and undeniable impact on American music history. Over the years, Aerosmith has shown support for a number of charity organizations around the world, including MusiCares and vocalist Steven Tyler’s philanthropic initiative Janie’s Fund, which supports young women who’ve suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect. The band made a surprise announcement about the honor onstage during their Park MGM Las Vegas residency Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild, on Thursday night. Watch it here.
 
“MusiCares has been saving lives for 30 years,” said Deborah Dugan, President/CEO of MusiCares and the Recording Academy™. “The Person of the Year gala is the pinnacle of the essential work that MusiCares is doing year-round, and it’s truly magical in the way that it unites and galvanizes our community and inspires others to take action on their own. As we continue to expand our services to people in need, we are thrilled to pay tribute to one of the most beloved bands of all time. Aerosmith has walked the walk when it comes to raising funds to impact music people in recovery. It is sure to be an amazing evening.”
 
The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week each year. The 30th anniversary benefit gala will begin with a reception and silent auction offering an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences, and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The reception and silent auction will be followed by a gala dinner, a tribute concert featuring renowned musicians and other artists, and the award presentation. Proceeds from the gala will provide essential support for MusiCares initiatives year-round.
 
GRAMMY Week culminates with the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2020. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
 
Established in 1989 by the Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly influence the health and welfare of the music community.
 
For more information, please contact MusiCares at 310.392.3777 or personoftheyear@musicares.org, or visit www.musicares.org.
 
 ABOUT AEROSMITH
Steven Tyler (vocals), Joe Perry (lead guitar), Brad Whitford (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass), and Joey Kramer (drums) are a living piece of American music history, having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are the recipients of countless awards, including four GRAMMYs®, eight American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards, and 12 MTV Video Music Awards, among many other honors. Proving that they can cross genre boundaries with ease, these rock legends have even taken home a Soul Train Award for Best Rap Single for their remix of Run DMC’s “Walk This Way.” On April 6, 2019, the band kicked off their highly successful 35-date MGM Las Vegas residency, Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild and due to popular demand, announced additional dates for 2020. The show also traveled to the East Coast in August for a special edition Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild–East Coast Run at three MGM Resorts’ properties—MGM National Harbor (National Harbor, Maryland), Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa (Atlantic City, New Jersey) and MGM Springfield (Springfield, Massachusetts). With scores of multiplatinum albums, Aerosmith continues to inspire generations to get their wings, get a grip and just push play. It is no wonder why they are one of the most beloved bands of all time.
 
ABOUT MUSICARES
A friend and ally of the music community, MusiCares was established by the Recording Academy to safeguard the health and well-being of all music people. A four-star charity and safety net in times of need, MusiCares offers confidential preventative, recovery, and emergency programs to address financial, medical, and personal health issues. Through the generosity of our donors and volunteer professionals, our dedicated team works across the country to ensure the music community has the resources and support it needs.
 
For more information, visit www.musicares.org, “like” MusiCares on Facebook, and follow @MusiCares on Twitter and Instagram.CONTACTS
 
Eileen Thompson-Ray
Rogers & Cowan, for MusiCares
ethompson-ray@rogersandcowan.com
 
Joe Schneider
Rogers & Cowan, for MusiCares
jschneider@rogersandcowan.com
 
Paula Witt
Sunshine Sachs, for Aerosmith
witt@sunshinesachs.com
 
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