GRAMMYs At The Texas Capitol - February 26 2013

Very excited to participate in the GRAMMYs At The Texas Capitol advocacy event on February 26, 2013.

The Recording Academy® Texas Chapter announced today the details for GRAMMYs At The Texas Capitol, its first bi-annual event set to take place at the Texas Capitol in Austin on February 26. One of 12 regional Chapters that link The Recording Academy to its membership, the Academy's Texas Chapter will meet with legislators to raise awareness of the recording arts' economic and cultural impact on Texas and showcase the organization's diverse membership.

"We're thrilled to bring to light all the different ways the Texas Chapter promotes educational programming, professional development and networking opportunities to its membership," says Theresa Jenkins, Senior Executive Director. "We're here to unite the Texas music community and showcase all we do to legislators to garner their support for our initiatives."

On February 26, Texas Chapter Board Members and influential Texas music professionals will participate in meetings and presentations with policy makers to lobby for economic development and support for Fine Arts education in public schools. Jenkins and Tamera Bennett, the Advocacy Committee Chair, along with organization's National Vice Chair, Christine Albert, Chapter Trustee Paul Wall and Chapter President Eric Jarvis will spearhead the event. Other members representing the Chapter are recording artists Jack Ingram, Josh Abbott,  Ray Benson, and Nakia. Media are invited to attend the morning meeting at the Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel VIP Lounge to hear the strategy before the organization heads to the Capitol. The day ends with a reception at Sholtz Garten where key legislators, House committee members and Texas Chapter members will convene.

More than just the GRAMMY Awards®, The Recording Academy is a full-service membership organization for music professionals with 20,000 members in its 12 Chapter cities. The Texas Chapter works on a number of programs year-round including the GRAMMY Block Party®, an annual membership celebration during the SXSW festival; the GRAMMY Camp®- Basic Training, a series of panels focused on music education, archiving and preservation (hosted at local high schools); GRAMMY U®, a variety of programs and events for college student members of the organization and Professional Development events tailored to the needs of the local membership.

Texas Chapter members are invited to attend the Advocacy Reception at the end of the day at Scholz Garten in Austin, Texas from 5 - 6:30 p.m. For information and to RSVP, please visit the Texas Chapter event page at