Alicia Keys will be honored at the 2015 Grammys on the Hill Awards ceremony on April 15th. Keys will receive the Recording Artists Coalition Award, which is part of the artists’ rights program (founded by Sheryl Crow and Don Henley). The R&B singer is a founding member of the Recording Academy’s Grammy Creators Alliance. This year’s Grammys on the Hill will be held in Washington, D.C., and some of the special invited guests include producer Rodney Jerkins, Ray Parker Jr., Eddie Money, and more. A day after the ceremony, the Recording Academy will host the Grammys on the Hill Advocacy Day.
The Managers Think Tank advises the Grammy Creators Alliance, which is comprised of artists, producers, and songwriters. Besides Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Ryan Tedder, Jimmy Jam (producer), Adam Levine, Deadmau5, Dr. Luke (producer), Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Lady Antebellum, and others are a part of the Alliance. The advisers of Think Tank manage the careers of these very successful artists, producers, and songwriters. The Think Tank management advisors include Dean Wilson (Deadmau5 and Calvin Harris), Troy Carter (Meghan Trainor and John Legend), Larry Rudolph (Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus), Ron Laffitte (Alicia Keys and Pharrell Williams), Clarence Spalding (Jason Aldean and Rascal Flatts), Susan Markheim (Babyface), and Damien Smith (Jennifer Hudson and Raphael Saadiq).
The Creators Alliance aims to get Congress involved in a numbers of issues affecting the artists, producers, and songwriters. One of the bills presented to Congress was The Songwriters Equity Act, which would improve the royalty payout songwriters receive from music streaming and purchases. Manager Damien Smith expressed the importance of the Managers Think Tank. “For us [managers], it’s like a position to help alliance members to service the creative community. As managers, we’re the music creator’s main business partners,” Smith told Billboard magazine. He continued,”We’re involved in every aspect of an artist’s or writer’s career. Even what’s going on in technology, branding, we are right there on the front line to help identify any issues that are coming up.” Smith said there is an urgency to get the financial matters handled because the music industry is rapidly changing. The managers want to make sure their artists, producers, and songwriters are compensated properly for their work.
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