There is a new 112th Congress now meeting with almost 100 new members of the House of Representatives and many new Senators as well. We need to educate these new congressional members about our needs as a music community. Music United is a music community group, of which A2IM is a member, and we have created a brochure to educate new members of Congress and re-educate old members of Congress as to the issues affecting the music community.
Please locate your legislators at this website and then write them a letter, and attach the brochure pdf. The brochure highlights key issues but your cover letter should express how difficult it for music creators and those that invest in that creation to continue to make a living in the music industry today and how we need their help in fighting piracy, getting fair digital royalties, promoting exports, etc. Tell your story: who you are, how many people work at your company, and include stories of your successes and your current hurdles. Please make it personal!
We know some of this duplicates a prior month call-to-action but repeat messaging is okay! Frankly, A2IM hears frequently from members of Congress that they don’t hear enough from our community and this lack of communication can lead members of Congress to only hear one side of the story: the side of Google or the Consumer Electronics lobbyists who paint a picture for your Congress member about how great it is for independent artists and labels if music is free, etc.
Please also share this with your artists and others in our music community!