With issues such as the Songwriters Equity Act back in front of Congress, a unified voice is incredibly important in effectively communicating the need for change and the importance of creating a sustainable music marketplace. Serving as an advisory board to the GRAMMY Creators Alliance, the Managers Think Tank will review proposed legislation, identify new issues, and advise policy makers on best practices for positive change for the music industry as a whole.
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.
"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."
The Recording Academy is the only membership organization representing individual songwriters, artists, and producers (with no company members), uniquely positioning the Academy to advocate for music makers and the community surrounding them.
For more information on the GRAMMY Creators Alliance, visit www.grammy.com/Alliance and follow @GRAMMYAdvocacy on Twitter.