Music, Politics Will Unite to Honor Keith Urban
Music and politics will unite at the 2017 GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards on April 5 at The Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C., where four-time GRAMMY winner Keith Urban will be presented with the Recording Artists' Coalition Award for his contributions to the music community and music education programs.
Urban's contributions to music education date back nearly a decade and have remained consistent ever since. Underscoring the need to support education-based initiatives that attract young people toward music and encourage their creative pursuits, Urban has volunteered for The Academy's GRAMMY Camp music program. He has supported The Recording Academy's grant-based education initiatives, which provide necessary funds to America's public schools, helping to sustain local music education programs for youth. In addition, Urban has participated in the GRAMMY U SoundChecks program on multiple occasions.
"Through music education programs, Keith Urban has encouraged aspiring musicians by giving them the opportunity to perform and achieve their dreams," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "An engaged member of the music community and The Recording Academy for many years, Keith is an outstanding music citizen and supporter of the future of music, so it is our great pleasure to honor and recognize his dedication at GRAMMYs on the Hill."
"The opportunity to work with aspiring musicians and kids who are just discovering music for the first time really inspires me," said Urban. "Creativity is at the heart of an innovative society — it brings people together and teaches children self-expression, creative confidence and improvisational skills which are essential to their development. Being honored by The Academy, especially given the fact that they're the ones that have given me the chance to be part of their work in this area, is humbling. It's an incredible honor."
GRAMMYs on the Hill also recognizes legislators who have improved the environment for music by advocating for music creators' rights. Previously honored legislators include former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), and John McCain (R-Ariz.), and House Leaders Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
The following day, April 6, The Recording Academy will host the music community's largest annual Washington, D.C., gathering, GRAMMYs on the Hill Advocacy Day, which sees hundreds of music professionals from across the country visiting lawmakers to discuss important issues facing today's music creators.