WASHINGTON, DC (Top40 Charts/ Scoop Marketing)
Don Henley was honored this week in Washington DC at the 10th Annual GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards for his commitment to improving the environment for the nation's music community. The Recording Academy, known for the annual GRAMMY Awards, presented Henley with the inaugural "Recording Artists' Coalition Award" for his work advancing the rights of music creators. Honorary Awards were handed out to Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bob Corker at the advocacy event.
Henley, founding member of the Eagles and longtime advocate for musicians' rights, spoke with Politico's Patrick Gavin concerning ways legislators can advance pro-music policies to improve the environment for music and its makers. In this in-depth interview, Henley explains why he supports this session's Ticket Act, as well as last session's Performance Rights Act and the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act. He also expresses hope that Congress consider introducing legislation to amend the DMCA to close the 'safe harbor' provision loophole, which places an undue burden on copyright owners.
'What creators - musicians, singers, songwriters, producers - contribute to the world's culture and economy should be valued and protected,' says Henley. 'I hope that legislators will do more to protect creators and their ability to earn a living from their craft. This is about jobs and fairness.'
Read the full interview here:
Don Henley is an eight-time GRAMMY winner and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with the Eagles. Henley and the Eagles recently finished a four week Asian tour that included concerts in Beijing and Shanghai, China, Taipei, Taiwan and Seoul, Korea - places in which the band performed for the first time in their nearly 40-year career. The Eagles will kick-off a 2011 European tour on June 12.