Collins Honored at GRAMMYs on the Hill
WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) was honored at the GRAMMYs on the Hill event yesterday evening, which marks 20 years of the Recording Academy's advocacy in Washington. Collins was recognized as an outstanding legislator alongside his friend and Creative Rights Caucus co-chair Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) for his work on behalf of creators and in authoring the Music Modernization Act introduced last December.
The evening also honored the band Little Big Town for their support of music education and other key causes. Band members include Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Jimi Westbrook and Kimberly Schlapman, who hails from Georgia's 9th Congressional District, which Collins represents.
"We're honored to stand alongside the Academy and Reps. Chu and Collins in speaking out and protecting an industry that has done so much for us," Sweet told GRAMMYs on the Hill.
"Songwriters and artists supply the anthems that help us navigate the peaks and valleys of our individual journeys, and ensuring that these creators are able to continue fueling one of America's greatest innovations—music—is what led me to introduce the Music Modernization Act. I'm grateful to the Academy for this award and for its steadfast support of legislation that will update music copyright law for the 21st century. Only with the consensus that we've seen in the industry and in the Judiciary Committee can we celebrate that today, as the GRAMMYs are on the Hill, the Music Modernization Act is on its way to the House floor," said Collins.
Last week, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed H.R. 5447, also known as the Music Modernization Act, which is a package that includes the Music Modernization Act originally introduced by Reps. Doug Collins and Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), the CLASSICS Act, introduced by Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), and the AMP Act, introduced by Reps. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.).
Variety recently published an op ed about the Music Modernization Act by Reps. Collins and Chu.