SOURCE: The Recording Academy

September 06, 2005 15:02 ET

First-Ever Recording Arts Day on Capitol Hill Emphasizes Music Community's Response to Hurricane Katrina

The Recording Academy® and MusiCares® to Announce $1 Million in Aid to Music People Affected by Hurricane

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 6, 2005 --

WHO:        The Recording Arts and Sciences Congressional Caucus (RASCC)
            and The Recording Academy® will bring together more than
            100 music professionals and artists including three-time
            GRAMMY® winner Gloria Estefan, songwriter Desmond Child
            ("Livin' La Vida Loca"), singer Patti Austin, producer and
            three-time GRAMMY winner Jimmy Jam, saxophonist Dave Koz,
            and jazz guitarist and GRAMMY winner Earl Klugh, among many

WHAT:       Artists will participate in the first-ever Recording Arts Day
            on Capitol Hill to inform policy makers of the important role
            the recording arts play to the nation, especially during
            times of need. The Recording Academy and MusiCares will
            announce a $1 million contribution to aid music people
            affected by Hurricane Katrina. The day will include:

            --  The Power of Music: Gloria Estefan and Recording Academy
                President Neil Portnow will discuss music's power to
                comfort and heal. Estefan will mentor young musicians,
                culminating in a unique musical performance with members
                of Congress and other guest artists;
            --  GRAMMYs on the Hill: The Recording Academy's fifth annual
                advocacy event that honors outstanding legislators who
                work to improve the environment for music makers, and
                artists who use the power of music to improve all our
                lives. This year's award recipients are: Estefan, Sen.
                Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).
                Jon Secada will present Estefan with her award and
                perform. Crystal Gayle with songwriter Richard Leigh also
                will perform. Members of the Louisiana and Mississippi
                Congressional Delegation will be present to join Portnow
                in announcing $1 million in aid.

WHEN:       Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005

            The Power of Music              GRAMMYs on the Hill
            12:30 - 1:30 p.m.               6:30 - 10 p.m.
            (Media ONLY; RSVP required.)    (Open to Media and Public.)
            [Public can attend GRAMMYs on the Hill at the price of $200;
            registration form available at or
            call 202.662.1285.]

WHERE:      Washington, D.C.

            The Power of Music             GRAMMYs on the Hill
            House Rayburn Office Building  Willard Inter-Continental Hotel
            Rayburn Gold Room, Rm. #2168   1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
            Washington, D.C. 20515         Washington, D.C. 20004
            (South Capitol St. &           [Hotel parking available on 14th
            Independence Ave.)             & F Sts. at the rate of $20 for
            [Two-hour metered parking      3 - 10 hours]
            available on Pennsylvania Ave.
            near 1st & 2nd Sts.]
Established in 1957, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc., also known as The Recording Academy, is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards, The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs -- including the creation of the national public education campaign What's The Download® ( For more information about the Academy, please visit

Contact Information


    Jessica Joisten
    Equals Three Communications, Inc.

    Barb Dehgan
    The Recording Academy