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Published: 4/26/2012

SESAC Sponsors GRAMMYs On The Hill Awards

Event Features Monty Powell - Honors Rep. Howard Berman, John Mayer

SESAC sponsored the 2012 GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards in Washington, D.C., on April 25 at the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel. Referred to as Washington's most interesting mix of music and politics, the event honored Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and seven-time GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter/producer John Mayer for their commitment to improving the working environment for the nation's music community.

SESAC songwriter/producer Monty Powell entertained the prestigious crowd by performing a song he wrote with Senator Orrin Hatch, the very first Grammy On The Hill Awards honoree.

SESAC’s President/COO, Pat Collins, was on hand to present the award to Rep. Berman citing the lawmaker’s steadfast defense of intellectual property rights for songwriters and publishers.  Berman has represented California's 28th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives for 15 terms. He serves as ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee as well as on the House Judiciary Committee and has participated in a number of Recording Academy programs. Berman has led efforts to protect the rights of artists and songwriters throughout his career. His deep understanding of the role intellectual property plays in creating jobs, promoting trade, and elevating the nation's cultural life has made him a leader in Congress.

Seven-time GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter/producer John Mayer was honored for his commitment to music education.

The GRAMMY Foundation presented *Haileah Gardens High School*with their Enterprise Award of $5,500 as a *2012 GRAMMY Signature School*. Created in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year.

The GRAMMYs on the Hill events include the music community's only annual advocacy day on Capitol Hill at which hundreds of music professionals from across the country to visit with legislators to advance pro-music policies that improve the environment for music and its makers. GRAMMYs on the Hill Advocacy Day feature a morning briefing with keynote speeches by leading legislators and lobbying members of Congress.