GRAMMYs At The Texas Capitol Music Advocacy Day

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    House Resolution – (L-R) Christine Albert, former Chair of The Recording Academy Board of Trustees / Andrea Villarreal, Texas Chapter Secretary and Attorney / GRAMMY-nominated Gospel artist Brian Courtney Wilson / GRAMMY-nominated artist Ben Kweller / GRAMMY-nominated artist/producer Bernard “Bun B” Freeman.
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    Meeting with House Representative Chris Paddie (R), District 9.
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    Meeting with Dwight Clark, Legislative Director for the office of Senator Jose Menendez (D), District 26.
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    Meeting with Jarred Shafer, Policy Analysist for the office of Senator Birdwell (R), District 22.
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    Meeting with the office of Senator Sylvia Garcia (D), District 6.
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    Meeting with Daniel Collins, Legislative Director for the office of Senator José Rodriguez (D), District 29.
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    Meeting with the office of Senator Craig Estes (R), District 30.

Music is an indelible part of Texas culture and heritage.  From historic music figures such as Bob Wills and Buddy Holly to current chart toppers such as Beyoncé and Miranda Lambert, Texans have influenced every genre and era of American music. Today, the music industry accounts for over 160,000 jobs in Texas, including more than 30,000 working musicians and songwriters. Furthermore, tens of millions of people attend Texas music events such as South By Southwest and Austin City Limits Music Festival, which generate hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity for the state each year. And, we can’t forget where it all starts: music education. It's proven that music study enhances overall learning by students and members of The Recording Academy understand that it is critical for preparing the next generation of music professionals.

The importance of music to our culture and economy in Texas is why the Chapter came together on February 28, 2017 for its third biennial event—GRAMMYs At The Texas Capitol—to lobby on behalf of the music industry and to protect the future of music. Advancing The Recording Academy's state and local advocacy efforts, the Chapter met with over 30 offices of state House Representatives and Senators at the Capitol to educate lawmakers and their staff about The Recording Academy, the Texas music industry’s economic impact which included detailed statistics researched by the Texas Music Office, expressed their support for music education in public schools, and discussed a new anti-counterfeiting bill (HB 2483) which protects Texas music.

Senator Royce West sponsored GRAMMYs At The Texas Capitol for a third time, alongside Representative Todd Hunter. The Recording Academy’s mission to protect and support music makers was recognized in both the House and Senate chambers, proclaiming February 28, 2017 as GRAMMY Music Advocacy Day. 

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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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