SESAC Sponsors 2014 GRAMMY®s On The Hill Awards
Event Brings Together Songwriters & Legislators
SESAC, the nation’s most progressive performing rights organization, sponsored The Recording Academy®’s 2014 GRAMMY®s On The Hill Awards in Washington, D.C. on April 2.
During the event SESAC’s President/COO, Pat Collins, welcomed the crowd and thanked them for their ongoing support of the creative community. “We at SESAC recognize the complexities of the changing issues surrounding copyright representation and a rapidly growing appetite for music by consumers here at home and around the globe,” remarked Collins. “SESAC remains committed to working with the music and the technology communities to ensure fair pay negotiated in the free market, for songwriters and music publishers.”
Seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner and SESAC affiliate Lady Antebellum were presented with the Recording Artists’ Coalition Award in recognition of their artistic accomplishments and advocacy. The trio performed an acoustic version of their smash hit, “Need You Now”, for the prestigious crowd. The ceremony also honored House of Representatives majority whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) for their support and understanding of the music creator’s unique role in American life. Kent Knappenberger the music teacher of Westfield Academy and Central School in Westfield, N.Y., was also recognized. Knappenberger was the winner of the Music Educator Award™, presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation® this past January.
The high-profile celebration at The Hamilton Live drew members of the recording and entertainment industries, including GRAMMY-winning group Los Lonely Boys, pop trio Hanson, Wesley Schultz (of folk-rock group The Lumineers), SESAC hit songwriters Gary Burr ("Love's Been A Little Bit Hard On Me") and Victoria Shaw ("I Love The Way You Love Me"), pop music legend and five-time GRAMMY® winner Dionne Warwick, and many others, in addition to numerous Washington luminaries and policy makers. The awards dinner was hosted by Joy Williams of Grammy® Award winning duo The Civil Wars.
SESAC is the nation's most progressive performing rights organization representing the best songwriters, composers and music publishers in every genre of music. Established in 1930, SESAC is the ONLY PRO to pay monthly royalties and was the FIRST among the PROs to pay songwriters and publishers for live performances. SESAC is known for its diversified repertory which includes genres ranging from Adult Contemporary, Urban, Jazz, Rock, Americana, Contemporary Christian, Latin, Country, Gospel, Dance, Classical and New Age. SESAC represents an impressive gallery of artist catalogs including Alice in Chains, Jerry Cantrell, Robert Johnson's "Crossroads," Paul Shaffer, RUSH, the Avett Brothers, Lady Antebellum, Thompson Square, Omarion, Swizz Beatz and Tommy Lee. SESAC also represents iconic songsmiths Bob Dylan and Neil Diamond. Additionally, SESAC has long represented the music on some of TV's biggest shows including Grey's Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, Parenthood, Dateline NBC, Dr. Phil, Seinfeld, The Doctors, Late Show With Craig Ferguson & Two And A Half Men to name a few. Headquartered in Nashville, the company also has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and London.