English: Capitol Hill

English: Capitol Hill (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Capitol Hill is unlikely to be the first place you’d turn to see a creative performance, whether music, movie or visual art, but getting creative is gaining prominence thanks to a bipartisan initiative from Howard Coble (R-NC) and Judy Chu (D-Calif.)

 

As co-chair Chu explains in this week’s excellent Copyright Alliance podcast, the Congressional Creative Rights Caucus now comprises 52 members across 17 states and is one of the few examples of a true across-the-aisle effort to be found in an often divided Capitol building. To quote Madonna, it seems true that  “music helps the people come together.” (And movies and other art forms, of course.)

 

Citing the importance of promoting creative rights and the overarching goal of bringing the creative industry together with their members of Congress, Rep. Chu talks passionately about the work of year-old initiative. She highlights the fact that the creative industries impact every state, regardless of political persuasion, and deserve the full attention of lawmakers when it comes to protecting copyright on their behalf. 

 

Some of the events established so far include:

 

  • Regular meet and greets featuring performances from artists at all levels, such as this appearance by Ne-Yo last year.
  • “Movie Magic Day” – An exhibition-style event that gives lawmakers access to behind the scenes creative talent and processes, such as lighting, costume and make-up artists.
  • A music contest based on the best song recording from each member’s district, helping Congress members to meet songwriters and become more invested in the talent in their area.

 

 

English: Congressional portrait for Judy Chu.

English: Congressional portrait for Judy Chu. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Congresswoman Chu sums up the CRC neatly in one sentence, describing the aforementioned Movie Magic Day as “not just about the famous actors and actresses, but the behind the scenes people who really make the film work.” 

By bringing members face to face with all of the players in the creative industries, the work of the Creative Rights Caucus is set to be a foundation for greater long-term attention to artist’s rights on the Hill.

 

 

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