December 01, 2009

Groovin' on Capitol Hill


Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Felix Cavaliere
at the ASCAP booth

ASCAP member Felix Cavaliere and 'Bill of Rights' attract attention at the Copyright Alliance Exponential

ASCAP participated in the 2nd Annual Copyright Alliance Exponential, held on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on September 24, 2008, where artists and member organizations of the Copyright Alliance exhibited creative works, the latest in copyright protection, and released information detailing how copyright benefits each state and is vital to the nation's economy. The Exponential attracted policymakers, notably Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), as well as numerous Congressional Staff, press, educators and members of the copyright community.

ASCAP member Felix Cavaliere ("Groovin'," "People Got To Be Free," "A Beautiful Morning") was a special guest at ASCAP's booth, which featured the Bill of Rights for Songwriters and Composers. Cavaliere is one of the creative forces behind The Rascals, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Cavaliere spoke with several attendees, including Senators Leahy and Hatch, about the importance of protecting the rights of music creators.

Launched in April 2008, the 'Bill of Rights' is an advocacy and awareness-building initiative designed to remind the public, the music industry and Members of Congress of the central role and rights of those who create music. The 'Bill' has garnered support from some of the most prominent members of the music community, and has surpassed 10,000 signatures online. Those who wish to add their support can sign it electronically at

The Copyright Alliance is a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization dedicated to the value of copyright as an agent for creativity, jobs and growth. For more information, visit their website at