Music and politics were the talk of the town as Florida Chapter members and arts supporters gathered in the Chopin Ballroom of the Intercontinental Hotel to hear a panel discussion on the current state of the music industry. The event, which was presented by the Florida Chapter in conjunction with The Academy's national Advocacy department, consisted of a panel moderated by Daryl Friedman, VP of Advocacy & Government Relations, and featured Recording Academy Chairman Terry Lickona, U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, VP of the William Morris Agency Michel Vega, VP of the RIAA Ralph Fernandez, and Latin GRAMMY Award winner Néstor Torres.
Panelists discussed topics ranging from the prospect for adoption of a radio performance royalty, illegal digital downloading, travel visas for artists on tour, satellite radio royalty streams, and generally whether new technologies better enable artists and music industry companies, or cripple them. Scenarios, perspectives and possible solutions were posed from business, political and artistic vantage points regarding current issues in music and technology. The panel concluded with a question-and-answer portion for attendees and a post-reception with hors d'oeuvres, wine and cocktails.