Artist Rights, Fights, Advocacy, Policy, and Legislation
Friday, March 18
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
Never before have the political, policy, and legal issues affecting the music industry and commerce been so top-of-mind in the creative community. Licensing rates, copyright relevance, and the battle for pennies are dominating music law policy and legislative initiatives. Ideas regarding what could, should, and must happen in Washington to help sustain the industry and its creative participants will be explored from the artist’s and creative community’s perspectives.
Dept Chief of Staff
Rep Lamar Smith (TX-21)
Lommen Abdo PA
Ken Abdo is Chair of Lommen Abdo Law Firm’s Entertainment Law Department and has served as legal counsel to music and entertainment media artists for over 30 years. Clients include multiple GRAMMY...Show the rest
Ken Abdo is Chair of Lommen Abdo Law Firm’s Entertainment Law Department and has served as legal counsel to music and entertainment media artists for over 30 years. Clients include multiple GRAMMY® award recipients, gold and platinum recording artist’s motion picture and Emmy® award winning TV talent and productions, regional and Broadway theater talent and productions, literary authors and media talent. Following earlier years as a working musician, his legal career has been recognized for successful work with music artists. His commitment to artist advocacy and the legal profession have led him to national leadership positions such as the Board of Trustees of the Recording Academy (presenters of the GRAMMY® Awards) and a Governor of its Chicago Chapter, SXSW CLE Program Co-Chair, Past National Chair of the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, Program Co-Chair of the South By Southwest (SXSW) CLE sessions, among others. He was an adjunct professor of Entertainment law at William Mitchell College of Law (St. Paul, MN) for 11 years and is a co-author of the textbook “Law and Business of the Entertainment Industries.” He was again selected to “Best Lawyers in America” in 2015 and among Billboard’s 50 Attorneys of Note in the Music Biz.Hide the rest
The Recording Academy/The GRAMMYs
Todd Dupler is the Senior Director, Advocacy & Public Policy for The Recording Academy, the organization internationally known for the annual GRAMMY Awards. In this role, Dupler works with Academy ...Show the rest
Todd Dupler is the Senior Director, Advocacy & Public Policy for The Recording Academy, the organization internationally known for the annual GRAMMY Awards. In this role, Dupler works with Academy leadership to develop policy positions on issues affecting the music community, and represents the interests of the Academy’s 24,000 members before Congress and federal agencies. In addition, he manages GRAMMYs on the Hill Advocacy Day and GRAMMYs in My District, the Academy’s signature grassroots advocacy programs. Dupler also coordinates state and local advocacy with the Academy’s 12 regional chapters.
With nearly two decades of experience in Washington, D.C., Todd Dupler has extensive knowledge of Capitol Hill and the legislative process. He previously served as legislative director for Rep. Lamar Smith during Smith's tenure as chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property. In this role, Dupler helped facilitate negotiations to reform copyright law and was a liaison to stakeholders in the creative industries
Dupler also served on the legislative staff for Rep. Kevin Brady and Sen. Phil Gramm. In addition, he was a Presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor and also has experience in state government. Dupler received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and his Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from Baylor University. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas.Hide the rest