Election Results Spur Changes in Entertainment Law

On Tuesday, November 9th, NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) and the CMA will hold an Entertainment Law Conference to explore how the recent Congressional changes will impact the way in which Congress addresses entertainment industry issues. An “Election Results” panel, comprised of a bipartisan group of Washington, D.C. veterans representing many music industry stakeholders, will take place at Nashville’s Hutton Hotel.

“It is impossible to overstate the differences between outgoing Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, a Democrat from Detroit who grew up with Motown, and incoming Chairman Lamar Smith of Texas, whose district is the headquarters of Clear Channel,” said Program Chairman Jon Potter of RPG Strategies, who formerly headed the Digital Media Association in Washington, D.C.  “We are fortunate to have high-level panelists who understand the effect of this major change on radio royalty legislation, and how Republican victories will affect net neutrality and arts funding.”

The panelists include BMI Senior Vice President Fred Cannon; RIAA Senior Vice President Mitch Glazier; consultant Victoria Bassetti, who previously worked for senior Democratic Senators and was a senior vice president with EMI; and consultant Elizabeth Frazee, who previously worked with the likely new IP Subcommittee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), as well as AOL and Disney.

This is the fourth installment of NARM’s Entertainment Law Conference Series, and the event is part of the official schedule of events leading up to The 44th Annual CMA Awards.

The program has been approved for 3.75 credit hours by the Tennessee Bar Association. This event will feature a keynote interview with Marybeth Peters, the United States Register of Copyrights, and additional high-level panels. Registration is $199 for NARM and CMA members, $249 for non-members and $99 for students and artists. More information is available here.


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