2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Artists’ Role in Homeland Security

United States Congressman Michael McCaul calls Austin home and loves music. He is also the most powerful member of the U.S. House of Representatives on matters of Homeland Security (as Chairman of that Committee). At SXSW, Chairman McCaul will join us for an enlightening discussion about how music can play a role in America’s security.



Daryl Friedman

Chief Advocacy & Industry Rel Officer

The Recording Academy

Daryl P. Friedman is Chief Advocacy & Industry Relations Officer for The Recording Academy (The GRAMMY organization). Called “the D.C. chief for music’s creative community” by Daily Variety, Friedman serves as the Washington representative for the 20,000 members of The Academy and as the liaison to relevant music industry organizations.

Friedman joined The Academy in 1997 and established the organization's Washington office. He initiated and oversees the Academy’s "GRAMMYs on the Hill" initiatives, which include a number of programs to advance the rights of the music community through advocacy, education and dialogue. He speaks on numerous music policy panels each year and has been quoted in media such as The New York Times, Business Week, BBC World News, Variety, Billboard and The Washington Post.

Friedman received his M.A. in Arts Management from the American University in Washington, D.C., and his B.A. in Economics from the University of California (Santa Cruz).


Michael McCaul

US Rep

US Representative

Congressman Michael McCaul is currently serving his fifth term representing Texas' 10th District in the United States Congress which stretches from Austin to the Houston suburbs.

In January 2013, Rep. McCaul became Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, which has oversight of the Department of Homeland Security ensuring it is able to carry out its core mission of protecting the American people from terrorist attacks. As Chairman, McCaul has prioritized the threat of international and domestic terrorism, border security, cyber security, airport security and fixing dysfunctional management within DHS.

McCaul also serves on the Foreign Affairs and the Science and Technology Committees.

Prior to Congress, Michael McCaul served as Chief of Counter Terrorism and National Security in the U.S. Attorney’s office, Western District of Texas, and led the Joint Terrorism Task Force charged with detecting, deterring and preventing terrorist activity. McCaul also served as Texas Deputy Attorney General under current U.S. Senator John Cornyn, and served as a federal prosecutor in the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section in Washington, D.C.

A fourth generation Texan, Congressman McCaul earned a B.A. in Business and History from Trinity University and holds a J.D. from St. Mary's University School of Law. He is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows Program of the School of Government, Harvard University. Congressman McCaul is married to his wife, Linda. They are proud parents of five children: Caroline, Jewell, and the triplets Lauren, Michael and Avery.

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