Washington, DC — Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) will be honored along with Rep. Doug Collins (GA-09) at tonight’s Grammys on the Hill. In celebration of 20 years of advocacy in Washington, DC, the GRAMMYs are recognizing Reps. Chu and Collins for their leadership as co-chairs of the Creative Rights Caucus and their support for the Music Modernization Act, a bill to help creators as detailed in a new op-ed published by Reps. Chu and Collins today in Variety. Rep. Chu released the following statement:
“I’m so honored to be receiving this recognition tonight, and even more proud of my partnership with the Recording Academy. Music has been such an important part of my life since my early days playing piano. And as the representative from a district with many artists, composers, producers, and more, I know it’s an important part of the lives of many of my constituents as well; not just as a passion, but as a livelihood. They contribute to one of American’s greatest cultural exports and support an industry that adds billions of dollars to our economy. Yet despite these contributions, the rights of creators are often ignored. The exploitation and even theft of their work is justified and excused in a way not seen in other industries. That is why I’m committed to ensuring that, as with any career, musicians are able to provide for themselves and their families. And that is why, as co-chair of the Creative Rights Caucus, I’ve had the privilege of inviting many of our nation’s top creators to Capitol Hill to share their stories of earning just cents for songs they wrote that are played millions of times. By educating my colleagues on copyright issues, it’s my hope that we can modernize our copyright system, through bills like the Music Modernization Act, to make it work for our creators. The Recording Academy has been a fantastic partner in this effort for two decades now, and I’m thrilled to be standing with them as we continue to advocate for creators.”
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