Members of the Recording Artists and Singers Committee (RASC), known as “RASCals,” have made inroads in fulfilling the purpose of the committee through outreach to local artists and national associations, attending area music events, contributing toward and co-sponsoring events for worthy musical organizations, and promoting SAG-AFTRA’s name and influence in the industry.
The RASCals met with Mitch Glazier, the senior executive vice president of the Recording Industry Association of America, at the SAG-AFTRA Washington-Mid Atlantic office for a lunch meeting on Feb. 3. Glazier spoke to the committee about his love of Musicians On Call, an organization that brings volunteers to sing at the bedside of sick hospital patients. Glazier expressed how the SAG-AFTRA merger opened up opportunities for the RIAA and the union to collaborate and communicate about the music industry. Glazier also touched on subjects such as intellectual property, Napster, payment to artists, SoundExchange, the history of the recording industry as it pertains to governance (and non-governance), and answered several questions from the RASCals.