Texas GRAMMY Music Day At The Capitol

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GRAMMYs At The Texas Capitol

February 26, 2013 as Texas GRAMMY Music Day

Jack Ingram, country artist and member, Tamerea Bennett, Advocacy Chair and Chapter Governor, Theresa Jenkins, Sr. Executive Director, Terry Lickona, Exec. Producer of Austin City Limits and Chapter Governor, and Ray Benson, GRAMMY-winning musician and member on the floor of the House during reading of resolution.

The Recording Academy® Texas Chapter’s first bi-annual event, GRAMMYs At The Texas Capitol, took place yesterday, February 26, at the State’s Capitol. Approximately 30 participants lobbied on behalf of the membership including Chapter Trustee, Paul Wall, National Vice Chair of the Board Of Trustees, Christine Albert, Chapter Governor, Terry Lickona, as well as GRAMMY® winner Ray Benson, country music artists Jack Ingram and Josh Abbott, as well as NBC’s The Voice finalist, Nakia. The resolution in the Senate and House deemed February 26, 2013 as Texas GRAMMY Music Day.  This special day was sponsored by Texas Senators: Robert Deuell (R) and Leticia Van de Putte (D), and Texas Representatives: Myra Crownover (R) and Ryan Guillen (D). 

Led by group members Todd Dupler, Director of Government Relations for The Recording Academy; Advocacy Chair Tamera Bennett; Advocacy committee members R.C. Rondero de Mosier and Ricky Anderson; and Sr. Executive Director Theresa Jenkins—the Texas Chapter met with policy makers to lobby for economic development and support for Arts education in public schools. Additionally, the group raised awareness about The Recording Academy’s concern for Intellectual Property and Piracy issues in the state of Texas.

R.C. Rondero de Mosier, Advocacy Committee member, Carlos Alvarez, Chapter Governor, Josh Abbott, Award-winning Country music artist, Paul Wall, Chapter Trustee and GRAMMY-nominated rapper, and Christine Albert, National Vice Chair of the Board Of Trustees with Senator Bob Deuell and Senator Van de Putte on the floor of the Senate during presentation of resolution for Texas GRAMMY Music Day.

The Texas Chapter united the Texas music community at the Capitol and presented to legislators our mission as an organization and a Chapter to garner their support for our initiatives. 

We would like to thank all those who participated in GRAMMYs At The Texas Capitol: Christine Albert, Josh Abbott, Carlos Alvarez, Ricky Anderson, Tamera Bennett, Ray Benson, Barry Coffing, Todd Dupler, Jack Ingram, Terrany Johnson, Freddie Krc, Terry Lickona, Casey Monahan, Mike Mordecai, Laura Mordecai, Rick Orozco, Dick Reeves, Nakia Reynoso, R.C. Rondero de Mosier, Paul Wall, Joe Stallone, Carl Thiel, Alex Trevino, Gilbert Velasquez, and Fletch Wiley. 

The Texas Chapter plans to continue representing the music community and The Recording Academy’s mission at the State Capitol each year.

Check back for more photos and media coverage of the event.