Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook wouldn’t be the artists they are today without a music teacher believing in their talents first.
Throughout their career, they have been staunch supporters of music education, and in April 2017, they reunited with some of their beloved music instructors who taught them before the band became a household name.
On April 18, the Recording Academy will honor Little Big Town for its advocacy for music education and its support of the nonprofit MusiCares at the 2018 Grammys on the Hill Awards in Washington, D.C. Previous honorees include Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band, John Mayer and Alicia Keys.
The Grammys on the Hill event will also recognize legislators who are supporters of music and advocates for music creators’ rights. The 2018 congressional honorees include Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), founder and co-chair of the Congressional Creative Rights Caucus, and Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), author of the Music Modernization Act and vice chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet.
“Music is healing and powerful, and music education gives our children an outlet for expression that is necessary for their overall growth and well-being,” Fairchild said in a release. “We will continue to do our part to protect music education, songwriters, recordings and the artists who bring them to life.”
The day following the benefit, the Recording Academy will host Grammys on the Hill Advocacy Day, when artists and industry leaders will seek support from legislators for comprehensive music copyright reform and other issues crucial to music people.
Little Big Town will perform on the 53rd annual ACM Awards, airing live from Las Vegas on April 15. The band heads to the show with three nominations for vocal group, single and album of the year for “Better Man” and The Breaker.