Congressman Ted Deutch has a stellar rep for his efforts to protect musicians’ rights to their intellectual property.
Keeping his playbook up-to-date, Deutch, a piano-playing Democrat whose South Florida district includes portions of Broward and Palm Beach counties, this week announced he and U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, an Alabama Republican, are relaunching the congressional “Songwriters Caucus.”
“The caucus will serve as a forum for Congress to engage with America’s songwriters and explore policy issues that affect their often-unrecognized contribution to the music industry,” a press release issued by Deutch’s office reads.
We caught up with Deutch via text to find out who’s at on his list of favorite singer-songwriters.
“Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift (yes, really), Ed Sheeran” Deutch responded.
“Lennon and McCartney!” he added later.
We dug up this old clip of Deutch, a former state senator, tickling the ivories during his initial run for Congress in 2010. (Warning: The audio and video quality of the clip stinks, but the piano playing don’t.)
Here’s the rest of the press release:
“Congresswoman Roby and I share an appreciation for music and the talented artists who write the songs we love. But these hard-working artists may not always get the recognition and compensation they deserve,” said Congressman Deutch. “We’ll lead this caucus to explore the industry from the songwriters’ perspective, to educate our colleagues about the issues facing the American songwriting industry, and to consider legislative options for ensuring a fair system for these artists.”
“I have a deep appreciation for the hardworking artists who create the songs and music so many Americans know and love,” said Congresswoman Roby. “I am thrilled to work alongside my colleague, Congressman Deutch, on the bipartisan Songwriters Caucus to ensure that these men and women are properly compensated and recognized for their creative work. Together we will tackle the many issues facing our songwriting industry in effort to improve the system.”