Expanding Arts and Technology | Briefing Session

Recorded On: 04/06/2021

About This Session

Attendees will learn the nuances of how the arts and tech policy intersect and how to effectively urge Congress to support key policy areas: music licensing, Net Neutrality and wireless microphones. Congress plays a key role in music licensing, and how platforms compensate—or don’t compensate—music makers. Net Neutrality would help ensure equity and access to customers and culture. The FCC needs to protect wireless microphones and other devices used by performing arts entities that provide valuable public service.


Michael Lewan, The Recording Academy
Kevin Erickson, Future of Music Coalition
Mitch Glazier, RIAA

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Kevin Erickson


Future of Music Coalition

As FMC's director, Kevin Erickson works at the intersection of DIY music, community organizing, and federal policy. His experience spans many parts of the music industry, from community radio to venue booking and show promotion to brick & mortar music retail management. Before joining FMC's team in 2012, he directed All-ages Movement Project, a national non-profit network of all-ages music venues and youth music programs. He has contributed opinion pieces to outlets as disparate as The Nation and Pitchfork, and remains active as a musician and record producer, operating Swim-Two-Birds recording studio in Silver Spring MD.

Twitter: @future_of_music

Mitch Glazier

Chairman and CEO


Mitch Glazier is Chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).  He serves as Chairman of the Board of RIAA, Chairman of the Board of Musicians on Call, the charity that brings the healing power of music to the bedsides of patients in hospitals and health care facilities around the country, and serves on the Boards of IFPI, Leadership Music, SoundExchange and the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew in Silver Spring, Maryland. For more than 20 years, Glazier has been at the forefront of building the new music ecosystem. He helped build the unprecedented coalition that mobilized to enact the Music Modernization Act (MMA). As the senior House Judiciary Committee intellectual property counsel, he helped draft and pass pioneering legislation that paved the way for the streaming economy, including the Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act to assure that music creators are compensated for use of their music by digital partners.


Michael Lewan

Director of Government Relations

The Recording Academy

Michael Lewan is the Director of Government Relations for the Recording Academy representing the Academy, its members, and the greater music creator community in Washington, D.C. Over his tenure at the Academy, Lewan has spearheaded events such as GRAMMYs on the Hill and District Advocate Day, served on the Board of Directors for the Copyright Alliance, and helped pass historic legislation like the Music Modernization Act, the CASE Act, and the CARES Act. 

Lewan previously served as Senior Manager of Government Relations for the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and has worked for an energy association and within the federal government. Lewan has two Master’s Degrees from Syracuse University, and is a proud graduate of the University of Miami.

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