WORDS & MUSIC
Bill Holland is an award-winning writer, singer-songwriter and recording artist. Beginning with the Supreme Court’s Betamax decision, he covered the impact of trade, indecency and copyright reform on the music industry as Billboard’s Washington Bureau Chief throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s during the difficult transition to digital delivery and rights. He also wrote milestone articles on the struggle for artists’ rights.
As a musician, Bill has played most of the major concert and club venues in the Washington, D.C. area, and shared stages with artists such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bonnie Raitt,, Jeff Beck, Joan Armatrading, Steve Martin, John Lee Hooker, Mose Allison and many more. He has six albums to his credit. Before starting his Rent’s Due Band, he was a founding member of still-touring Nighthawks.
Bill’s writing has brought him many prizes, including two ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards, given for “significant contributions to music journalism.” That award is considered the most prestigious in the industry. He has also received several awards for his music from the Washington Area Music Assn. (WAMA).
He now serves as a consultant to the joint musician-singer union, AFM-SAG-AFTRA, which collects performance royalties for featured and session recording artists. Previously he worked for several years as a consultant to SoundExchange, the non-profit group that collects and distributes digital performance royalties for featured recording artists and copyright owners. There he contacted thousands of recording artists, many of them heritage performers, who had digital royalties amounting to millions of dollars.
Early in his career, he was a reporter and feature writer for the Washington Star. He also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia.
Bill and his wife are avid home cooks, and he has launched a online vintage cookbook shop at www.cookbookbazaar.com. His wife led the way with Chez Marianne, an online antiques and collectibles shop at www.rubylane.com.