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ACADEMY, ARTISTS LOBBY D.C.

John Legend, Brandy Clark and Offset are among the artists participating in the Recording Academy’s seventh annual District Advocate Day, the largest nationwide day of advocacy for music and its makers.

The initiative represents the culmination of the Recording Academy's "Summer of Advocacy," and will consist of a series of virtual meetings between members and their elected officials to discuss legislative proposals that will help music creators and music businesses survive the pandemic. Yolanda Adams, José Feliciano, Ziggy Marley, Victoria Monét and nearly 2,000 other music professionals are participating.

"District Advocate Day has always been an important initiative for music advocacy and it's especially true now," said Harvey Mason Jr., Chair and Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy.

"Creators are among the hardest hit and first out of work, yet music is what brings the world together in hard times—and for many, it brings hope. Today, we raise our voices to remind legislators of the vital role music plays during this pandemic and, equally as imperative, the creators behind it who are struggling and desperately needing a helping hand from this country's leaders."

Today, members of the Academy will connect with legislators virtually to address proposals such as the HITS Act, Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act, and RESTART Act. They’ll also address the need for Congress to provide relief for minority-owned small businesses, such as studios, venues and labels.

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