Issues & Advocacy

 

Issues and Advocacy Sessions at The 2017 NAMM Show

Issues and Advocacy Sessions at The 2017 NAMM Show

NAMM Public Affairs and Government Relations and The NAMM Foundation present unique learning opportunities during The 2017 NAMM Show. Be sure to include these “only at The NAMM Show” sessions into your schedule to get information on the issues that impact your business and celebrate and promote music education and music making opportunities for all people. The Event Guide is available for download here.

Issues and Advocacy Events at The 2017 NAMM Show

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

8 am - 11 am
Day of Service
Anaheim, CA, Patrick Henry Elementary School

The 2017 Day of Service at Patrick Henry Elementary School begins with a meet-and-greet over continental breakfast at the school, followed by an experience designed to inspire students, teachers, and NAMM members alike. Volunteers unpack and tune instruments; interact and assist children during facilitator-led sessions in classroom settings; and pack up instruments when the sessions are complete. The NAMM Foundation will match up to $10,000 in donations to help the school sustain its music program; gifts are encouraged to support the reinstatement of music education in Anaheim.  RSVP required for Day of Service. Presented by The NAMM Foundation.

11:30 am - 4:30 pm
SupportMusic Coalition on Coalitions State Advocacy Bootcamp 
Hilton Anaheim, Level 4, Palisades

The NAMM Foundation partners with Americans for the Arts and the National Association for Music Education to inform and connect NAMM members with arts advocacy organizations in their states. The first-ever Coalition on Coalition’s Advocacy Bootcamp is an intensive state coalition workshop with hands-on advocacy training. RSVP required. Presented by The NAMM Foundation.

 

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

11 am - 12 pm
Policy Roundtable: The IP Protection Process in the U.S.
Anaheim Convention Center, Lobby B, NAMM Member Center

Filing for domestic and international property protection can be expensive. Learn how to take timely action to protect your intellectual property rights and develop an overall intellectual property protection strategy that is appropriate for your business. Facilitated by Susan Anthony, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) attorney and Richard Cole, USPTO representative. 

1 pm - 2 pm
Policy Roundtable: New Federal Overtime Rules
Anaheim Convention Center, Lobby B, NAMM Member Center

Jim Goldberg of Goldberg and Associates addresses NAMM member concerns regarding rules governing exemptions from overtime pay requirements.

2 pm - 3 pm
Policy Roundtable: “Lawsuit Guitars” Fact vs. Myth
Anaheim Convention Center, Lobby B, NAMM Member Center

Separate fact from fiction, and learn legal issues associated with high-quality copies of guitars, known as “lawsuit guitars.” Facilitator: Ron Bienstock, intellectual property attorney and partner Scarinci Hollenbeck, LLC. Presented by NAMM Public Affairs and Government Relations.

Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

9 am -10 am
Policy Forum: Import/Export, CITES Regulations
Anaheim Convention Center, Lobby B, NAMM Member Center

Policy forum with special focus on recent CITES regulations of all species of rosewood implemented Jan. 2, 2017.  Moderator: Mary Luehrsen, Director of NAMM Public Affairs and Government Relations. Panelists: Jim Goldberg, Goldberg, Goldberg Associates; Heather Noonan, Vice President for Advocacy, League of American Orchestras. Presented by NAMM Public Affairs and Government Relations.

UPDATE:  In addition to our two planned CITES sessions, representatives from two U.S. regulatory agencies, John Veremis, National CITES Coordinator, USDA-APHIS-PPQ-CEC, and Tim Vannorman, Chief of Permits, US Fish and Wildlife, will be on-site to meet with NAMM members, at the NAMM Member Center in Lobby B, during the day on Friday, January 20th.

10 am -11 am
Policy Roundtable: Intellectual Property Scenario
Anaheim Convention Center, Lobby B, NAMM Member Center

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) attorney Susan Anthony and USPTO representative Richard Cole facilitate a small group discussion with NAMM members about the intellectual property protection process by walking through real-world IP scenarios.

11 am – 12 pm
Policy Roundtable: Import/Export, CITES Compliance Q&A
Anaheim Convention Center, Lobby B, NAMM Member Center

Jim Goldberg of Goldberg and Associates, League of American Orchestras vice president of advocacy Heather Noonan and Taylor Guitars legal counsel Ethna Piazza address NAMM member questions about CITES compliance and explain significant changes to international trade in instruments containing all species of rosewood.

1 pm - 2 pm
SupportMusic Coalition on Coalitions Forum
Hilton Anaheim, Level 4, San Simeon AB Room

Interactive, strategic workshop for growing music education opportunities in attendees’ states. Moderator: Mary Luehrsen, Executive Director, The NAMM Foundation. Facilitors: Jeff M. Poulin, Arts Education Program Manager, Americans for the Arts (AFTA); Lynn Tuttle, Senior Regulatory Policy Advisor, National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Presented by The NAMM Foundation. RSVP here

UPDATE:  In addition to our two planned CITES sessions, representatives from two U.S. regulatory agencies, John Veremis, National CITES Coordinator, USDA-APHIS-PPQ-CEC, and Tim Vannorman, Chief of Permits, US Fish and Wildlife, will be on-site to meet with NAMM members, at the NAMM Member Center in Lobby B, during the day on Friday, January 20th.

1 pm – 2 pm
Policy Roundtable: Marketplace Fairness Update
Anaheim Convention Center, Lobby B, NAMM Member Center

Jim Goldberg of Goldberg and Associates facilitates small group discussion with NAMM members on the current “state of play” in federal legislation that requires internet sellers to collect and remit state sales taxes

4 pm – 5 pm
Music Education Advocacy D.C. Fly-In Meeting
Anaheim Convention Center, Lobby E, R&B Lounge

NAMM members interested in learning about the annual D.C. Fly-In are invited to connect with Fly-In alumni and to take a “look ahead” to the 2017 D.C. Fly-In planned for May 22-25, 2017. Facilitators: Leo Coco, Senior Policy Advisor, Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough; Mary Luehrsen, Director, NAMM Public Affairs and Government Relations. Appetizers, beer, and wine provided. Presented by NAMM Public Affairs and Government Relations. RSVP here.

 

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017

9:30 am - 11:00 am
The Grand Rally for Music Education
Hilton Anaheim, Level 2, The NAMM Foundation Lounge

The second annual Grand Rally for Music Education is a salute to music education that is open to all! The 2017 Grand Rally features performances by the classically-trained hip-hop violin and viola duo Black Violin, presented in collaboration with Yamaha; and includes interviews with Turnaround Artists Keb’ Mo’ and Bernie Williams; with student performances by recipients of the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, The Perfect Fourth Quartet, a program of the Sphinx Organization. NAMM members, music educators, college students and faculty are invited to join together in support of music education. Coffee and pastries provided. Moderator: Mary Luehrsen, Executive Director, The NAMM Foundation. Presented by The NAMM Foundation.

10 am – 11 am
Policy Roundtable: Global Intellectual Property Protection
Anaheim Convention Center, Lobby B, NAMM Member Center

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) attorney Susan Anthony and USPTO representative Richard Cole facilitate a small group discussion about IP protection, including patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyright outside of the U.S. NAMM members will learn to develop a global intellectual property protection strategy and discover cost-effective ways to file for protection of patents and trademarks.

11 am – 12 pm
Policy Roundtable: Intellectual Property, Music Publishing 101
Anaheim Convention Center, Lobby B, NAMM Member Center

Facilitated discussion about basic copyright and income-stream issues for songwriters and musicians. Facilitator: Ron Bienstock, intellectual property attorney and partner Scarinci Hollenbeck, LLC. Presented by NAMM Public Affairs and Government Relations.

1 pm – 2 pm
Policy Roundtable: Intellectual Property, Mediating IP Disputes and Mock Mediation Demo
Anaheim Convention Center, Lobby B, NAMM Member Center

Presented in the form of a mock mediation of a trademark dispute, participants will leave this entertaining session with an understanding of how mediation may be used to resolve disputes, save time and money, and maintain good business relationships. Facilitators: Susan Anthony, Attorney, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); Richard Cole, Representative, USPTO; Tom Barton and James Cooper, Professors at the California Western School of Law; Ron Bienstock, Intellectual Property Attorney, Scarinci Hollenbeck; and Gerald Ishibashi, CEO of Stonebridge Productions. Presented by NAMM Public Affairs and Government Relations.

2 pm – 3 pm
Policy Roundtable: Using Intellectual Property Tools to Brand a Music City
Anaheim Convention Center, Lobby B, NAMM Member Center

Explore ways the music industry can work to create a “City Brand.” Innovative examples from well-known music cities will highlight how to use intellectual property tools to brand your city as the next “Nashville!, Austin, or New York City! ” Facilitators: Dimiter Gantchev, Acting Director, Creative Industries Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); David Stopps, Representative, WIPO. Presented by NAMM Public Affairs and Government Relations.

3 pm – 4 pm
Policy Roundtable: Intellectual Property, Making a Living Through Streaming
Anaheim Convention Center, Lobby B, NAMM Member Center

Acting director of the Creative Industries Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Dimiter Gantchev and WIPO representative David Stopps discuss ways artists can make money through streaming services, with focus on how a copyright-based income can be advantageous. Topics include division of revenue, performer equitable remuneration, the value of digital deals, digital transparency, and copyright data.