Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
The RIAA, founded in 1956, is a relevant, non-negligible music organization with documented evidence of community activities relating to music. The RIAA represents the recording industry in the United States. The RIAA, “Representing Music,” is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. The RIAA’s members comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world. RIAA members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States. The United States is the world’s largest market representing 26% of the entire physical music market and 71% of the digital music market. According to NAMM, the United States global market share is over 40%.
In support of this mission, the RIAA works to protect the intellectual property and First Amendment rights of artists and music labels; conduct consumer, industry and technical research; and monitor and review state and federal laws, regulations and policies. The RIAA also certifies Gold, Platinum, Multi-Platinum and Diamond sales awards as well as Los Premios De Oro y Platino, an award celebrating Latin music sales.
The RIAA is a globally-recognized music organization that participates in technical standards work where creating a voluntary specification increases consumer confidence and reduces costs for its members. Some technical standards which RIAA has created or worked on include: Watermark Payload Specification, the Global Release Identifier (GRid) and Digital Data Exchange (DDEX).
Membership information: http://riaa.com/aboutus.php?content_selector=aboutus_become_a_member
Letter of Support: http://music.us/letters/RIAA.pdf