Singer John Mayer is to be honoured in Washington, D.C. next month (Apr12) for his efforts to improve musical education programmes.
Each year members of The Recording Academy celebrate one musician and one policy maker for their philanthropic work, and Daughters hitmaker Mayer and U.S. representative Howard Berman will be feted at the Hill Awards in 2012.
The gala event will take place on the eve of The GrammYs on the Hill Advocacy Day, during which various artists across the country meet with legislators to push for continued arts education and pro-music policies.
President of The Recording Academy Neil Portnow says, "Advocating for the protection of music makers' rights is an essential part of the work we do at The Academy, and GrammYs on the Hill is an excellent opportunity to recognise leaders and influencers who work on this mission, while inviting our members to utilise their voice.
"This year we are proud to honour Representative Berman, who has a long history of working to support music creators, and John Mayer, who beyond being an enormous talent is also an active philanthropist in arts and education."
The distinguished honour will be a much-needed mood-booster for Waiting on the World to Change singer Mayer - he was recently forced cancel his upcoming concert tour and take an "indefinite hiatus" from live performing due to a reoccurring vocal chord issue.