Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz has been named district ambassador for the Recording Academy’s sixth annual District Advocate Day, the organization announced Tuesday (Aug. 13). This year’s edition, the first with a District Ambassador, is slated to take place Oct. 2.
“As the people who write and record the nation’s soundtrack, we have a responsibility to unite in support of one another and ensure that music as a career, and an art form, is protected for the next generation of creators,” said Mraz in a statement. “Last year, we proved that advocacy works with the passage of the Music Modernization Act. We need to continue that momentum and resolve some of the outstanding issues to ensure proper compensation and protections for all music creators.”
The largest grassroots initiative for music in the U.S., each year District Advocate Day brings together music creators with members of Congress to discuss issues important to the community. Matters to be discussed this year include passage of the CASE Act, which would create a small claims copyright court for independent artists and songwriters; the establishment of a performance right on terrestrial radio; fair compensation for songwriters during the Department of Justice’s review of consent decrees; and protecting arts funding.
This will be the second District Advocacy Day since last year’s passage of the landmark Music Modernization Act, the most sweeping overhaul of U.S. copyright law in 40 years.
“Behind each song, each note, each beat, there are tens of thousands of working musicians whose names you might not know but who are directly impacted by the decisions made in Washington,” added Recording Academy president and CEO Deborah Dugan. “Through District Advocate Day, we are working with music creators from coast-to-coast, putting them face-to-face with members of Congress, reminding them that music people are a vital part of their community, and deserve to be represented, heard and protected.”
Recording Academy members can register now to take part. Fans and other members of the music community are also encouraged to sign up and participate online as a show of support.
More information about this and other Recording Academy initiatives can be found here.