Sincere thanks to the 300 + supporters who came out to Georgia Music Day. Your commitment, time and support helped elevate the strength of the industry. We’ll need your support throughout the year to keep our momentum strong.
Both the House of Representatives and the State Senate recognized the impact of Georgia’s music industry on our great state with a proclamation marking March 2nd, “Georgia Music Day.”
High-profile artists from diverse genres and music business leaders represented the music industry in front of Georgia legislators on the House and Senate floors where they spoke about key issues needed to create jobs and grow the music industry in Georgia. The strong showing is proof of the wide ranging and unified support from state, city, and business leaders of Georgia’s music industry.
Musicians in attendance included: Coy Bowles (Zac Brown Band), Brandon Bush (songwriter, musician, producer — Sugarland, Train, Kristian Bush, John Mayer), Bryan M Cox (producer, songwriter — Usher, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton), John Driskell Hopkins (Zac Brown Band), Michelle Malone (singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer), Steve Moretti (Macon Pops), Jan Smith (singer, songwriter, vocal coach, vocal producer, music producer — Usher, Justin Bieber, Drake, The Band Perry, Colbie Caillat), Tricky Stewart (producer, songwriter — Beyoncé, Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey), Matt Still (producer, engineer, mixer — Outkast, Lady GaGa, Elton John), Peter Stroud (guitarist — Sheryl Crow, Don Henley, Sarah McLachlan), Phil Tan (music/audio engineer — bestsellers including Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Ludacris, Coldplay, Usher), The Whisky Gentry.
Performances featured Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee and singer/performer Katie Deal (daughter of Governor and Mrs. Deal), followed by two-time Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee Ed Roland of Collective Soul and Yacht Rock Revue.
Also in attendance were Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal who spoke about their pride in Georgia music and its impact on the state. Speaker of the House David Ralston commended music’s $3.7billion impact and supports the industry’s efforts. Rep. Lee Hawkins spoke about his plan for working with the industry to continue to create opportunity and use the film and TV tax incentives as a model for success. Film and TV industry leaders were also on hand to show their support.
Michele Caplinger (Senior Executive Director, The Recording Academy Atlanta Chapter), Tammy Hurt and Mala Sharma (Georgia Music Partners Co-Executive Directors) provided updates on the current state of the movement and how to support initiatives in the future that will keep Georgia music at the top of the industry.