Blake Morgan took the #irespectmusic campaign to Capitol Hill again last week, this time in support of the Songwriter Equity Act (bill numbers HR 1283 and S662) with staff in the U.S. Senate. His meetings included his own New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirstin Gellibrand.
One of the cornerstone principles of the #irespectmusic campaign is to support the ideal of fair treatment for all creators and is not limited to specific legislation. Here’s an example. Principle: Artist pay for radio play. Bill: Fair Play, Fair Pay. Principle: Songwriters should be fairly compensated. Bill: Songwriter Equity Act.
Blake’s trip to Washington coincided with the second anniversary of the #irespectmusic petition. The movement is now in its second session of Congress–it started in the second year of the last session (the 113th) and is now working on the current session of Congress (the 114th).
Blake wrote this insightful post that we got permission to reprint on MTP:
If I honestly share what I’m hearing in these closed-door policy meetings I’m having with Senate offices, it’s a loud and clear, consistent theme: the grassroots component we’ve all added over the last two years is not the most important thing that will win the fight for American Music’s future.
It is––in fact––the only thing that will do it.
I can’t tell you how many times over the last two days I’ve been told, “Keep doing what you’re doing because as the volume and pressure grows out there, it grows in here. As people step up and speak out more across the country, the people here on the Hill do the same. Look at where this is all at now, compared to just a year ago.”
So here’s my promise. I’m not doubling down.
I’m all in.
Thank you Senators Gillibrand, Leahy, Coons, Mikulski, and their staffs, for meeting with me, for listening, and for having such a productive and honest dialogue with me. This grateful songwriter and music maker hears you too. Loud and clear.