A Victory for Texas Music

Theresa Jenkins and David Messier

  • Gov. Greg Abbott (center) meets with members of the Recording Academy Texas Chapter in 2015, including GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement recipient Flaco Jimenez.
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    Texas Chapter members came together on February 28, 2017 for the chapter's third biennial event, GRAMMYs At The Texas Capitol.
  • Rick Kern, Getty Images
    GRAMMYs At The Texas Capitol, February 28, 2017.

As technology evolves, so must the law. This was one of the messages delivered to lawmakers as the Recording Academy’s Texas Chapter gathered in February during GRAMMYs At The Texas Capitol, also proclaimed “GRAMMY Music Advocacy Day.”

They heard this message loud and clear!

Last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a new anti-counterfeiting bill (SB 1343) into law that strengthens protections against physical music piracy and provides law enforcement representatives and prosecutors with clear and efficient legal tools that can be used to protect the Texas music industry.

In the past, physical music piracy involved the unauthorized manufacture and sale of recordings on traditional media such as tapes, CDs and even vinyl records, which were accounted for in existing state law. SB 1343 clarifies that criminal prosecution for music piracy applies to new digital storage devices such as hard drives, flash drives and memory cards that can contain hundreds or thousands of pirated recordings.

Additionally, the bill establishes recompense for victims and provides clear guidelines to judges for calculating restitution.

The Recording Academy is grateful to Texas lawmakers, especially bill sponsors Rep. Tan Parker and Sen. Bryan Hughes, and to Governor Abbott for recognizing the importance music has in Texas - accounting for more than 160,000 jobs in the state, including more than 30,000 working musicians and songwriters – and for working together to protect and support the music industry.

Theresa Jenkins
Senior Executive Director, Texas Chapter

David Messier
President, Texas Chapter

Benefits of Membership

The Recording Academy is the preeminent organization for musicians, producers, engineers and other music professionals. Our mission is to advance artistic and technical excellence, work to ensure a vital and free creative environment, and act as an advocate on behalf of music and its makers.

Our members have access to live events all around the country, as well as 24/7 access to the GRAMMY Pro library of video and editorial content, which explores the industry and craft of music.

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“Everyone knows that The Academy bestows the GRAMMY Awards every year for artistic achievement, but more people need to know that this organization works hard on behalf of its members to create a level economic playing field—one that promotes innovation and ensures financial viability for all music creators.” – Zac Brown, GRAMMY winner Zac Brown Band, GRAMMYs on the Hill 2016

“I've been around The Recording Academy for many years. While many know the organization for its annual GRAMMY Awards... it's really inspiring to see firsthand the Academy's efforts here in Washington and the impact and the value it has on our very own music industry.” – Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer, Sony Music Entertainment, GRAMMYs on The Hill 2012

“I applaud NARAS for their efforts to further the cause of creator rights and hope all of us join in to help them.” -- Irving Azoff, Chairman/CEO, Azoff MSG Entertainment, Salute To Icons 2016

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