Advocating for Musicians: Why DC Matters
Thursday, March 17
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
Government advocacy is important to make sure that the voices of independent artists are heard by policy makers in Washington, DC and in your states and cities. Many laws and policies are being changed, re-considered, or discussed which could have wide-ranging impacts on musicians, their royalties, and even their ability to tour easily in other countries. It is only possible to actively fight for your fair share in a changing market-place by speaking up. Why? The companies, services, and collectives are speaking up - your voice needs to be part of the conversation. This panel will tell attendees just how to go about doing this important work!
Music Publishing Dir
Jeremy Peters is the Director of Creative and Business Affairs for Ghostly Songs (http://www.ghostlysongs.com/). Since joining Ghostly in 2003 he's risen thru the ranks from intern to directing the...Show the rest
Jeremy Peters is the Director of Creative and Business Affairs for Ghostly Songs (http://www.ghostlysongs.com/). Since joining Ghostly in 2003 he's risen thru the ranks from intern to directing the operations of the group's publishing, copyright administration, master licensing, original composition, and music supervision activities. Jeremy has worked on projects with brands such as Nike, Victoria's Secret, FIJI Water, HUMMER, Motorola, Ford, Chevy, and Sprint/Nextel as well as numerous Television, Video Game, and Film projects.
In his non-existant spare time, he is the co-founder of an indie imprint, Quite Scientific Records (http://www.quitescientific.com/), is part of the group that organizes 826Michigan's Mittenfest (http://www.mittenfest.org/) and currently serves on the Board of Directors of 826michigan (http://ww.826michigan.org/), as Co-Chair of the American Association of Independent Music's (http://www.a2im.org/) Licensing and Publishing Committee.
He graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Political Science and Music, and has recorded and/or performed with The University of Michigan Men's Glee Club, The Friars, Western Michigan University's Gold Company II, the University Musical Society's Choral Union, the Lakeshore Chamber Singers, the Choir of Christ Church, Grosse Pointe, Chris Bathgate, The Silent Years, Matt Jones, Fred Thomas, Frontier Ruckus and others.Hide the rest
VP of Global Public Policy
Julia Massimino is the Vice President of Global Public Policy for SoundExchange. Responsible for leading the organization’s public policy and government affairs activities, Massimino supervises leg...Show the rest
Julia Massimino is the Vice President of Global Public Policy for SoundExchange. Responsible for leading the organization’s public policy and government affairs activities, Massimino supervises legislative advocacy and guides overall policy strategy.
Prior to joining SoundExchange, Julia spent more than a dozen years working in Congress. For many years, she served as chief of staff to Rep. Howard Berman (D-Los Angeles), a strong supporter of the rights of music creators who was chairman of both the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Massimino had previously worked in Berman’s office as chief counsel on Judiciary and Labor matters. Before returning to Berman’s office as chief of staff, she served as Majority counsel on the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property and as a special counsel to Rep. William Delahunt (D-MA). She brings a wealth of experience on a wide-range of public policy issues, as well as expertise in the legislative process, advocacy, and coalition building.
A native of Texas, Massimino holds a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs in Austin, Texas.Hide the rest
Bloom Strategic Counsel
Seth Bloom is the President and Founder of Bloom Strategic Counsel, PLLC, a Washington, DC based law and lobbying firm. Mr. Bloom, the former long time General Counsel of the U.S. Senate Antitrust ...Show the rest
Seth Bloom is the President and Founder of Bloom Strategic Counsel, PLLC, a Washington, DC based law and lobbying firm. Mr. Bloom, the former long time General Counsel of the U.S. Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, is an attorney with extensive governmental and private sector experience in antitrust and competition law. He possesses substantial experience with the critical regulatory and competition issues facing key industries including telecommunications, media, Internet, and high tech; and health care.
Bloom Strategic Counsel’s client list has consisted of leading companies and associations, including the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM). Mr. Bloom has represented A2IM on music licensing reform and competition issues. He has also represented a number of companies on merger and acquisition transactions including Pfizer, MillerCoors, Aetna, and Comcast. In July 2013, Mr. Bloom was named to the Advisory Board of the American Antitrust Institute.
Prior to founding Bloom Strategic Counsel in March 2013, Mr. Bloom spent nearly 14 years in the U.S. Senate on the Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee, the last four years as its General Counsel.
Mr. Bloom has been frequently been called on to serve as an expert speaker and has been quoted frequently in the press regarding antitrust, competition, and music policy issues, including in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Reuters, and National Public Radio.
Prior to beginning his service at the Senate in 1999, Mr. Bloom spent three years as a trial attorney at the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. Prior to that, Mr. Bloom spent eleven years as an attorney with Washington, DC law firms, practicing in the area of complex commercial litigation. He holds a J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of Rochester.Hide the rest