Industries of all kinds need committees in order to unite common causes and bring order to logistical and strategic chaos. In the case of the government, these are called caucuses. Often associated with nominating candidates, caucuses can also be defined as “a conference of members of a legislative body who belong to a particular party or faction.” This means that people can join together behind a common cause in order to pass specific legislation.

And there is one for the music industry.

Established in 2005, the Recording Arts and Sciences Caucus has bi-partisan support for creating legislation supporting the music industry. 2019 brought the 116th caucus and the formation of this group has shown great progress over the years. In 2018, for example, the Music Modernization Act was passed into law with help from the 115th caucus. The caucus has continually met with music advocates and industry figures to discuss how laws impact their work.

In addition to the Recording Arts and Sciences caucus, U.S. Representatives launched the Creative Rights Caucus in 2013 to help educate members of Congress as well as the public on the importance of protecting the rights of the creative community. These groups of individuals continue to collaborate on legislation as the creative and technological worlds combine.

The 116th caucus is as follows:

  • Andy Biggs (R-AZ)
  • Julia Brownley (D-CA)
  • Ken Buck (R-CO)
  • Tony Cárdenas (D-CA)
  • Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
  • Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
  • Sheila Jackson (D-TX)
  • Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
  • Michael McCaul (R-TX)
  • Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
  • Martha Roby (R-AL)
  • Linda Sánchez (D-CA)
  • Adam Schiff (D-CA)


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