On June 21, special guest speaker The Recording Academy's Vice President of Advocacy & Government Relations Daryl Friedman flew in from Washington, D.C., for the New York Chapter's educational Advocacy event Do You Know?, a briefing on the risks and opportunities posed by new technological developments and the laws and legislation pertaining to them.
Friedman opened the two-hour luncheon by detailing the PERFORM Act and Section 115 bill both currently in the legislature. The PERFORM Act intends to prevent the unregulated downloading currently offered on XM radio while the Section 115 bill will move the digital marketplace forward, to the benefit of music makers. After his presentation, which included demonstrations of the technologies in question, the Chapter's Advocacy Committee Co-Chairs Suzanne Vega and Paul Katz, along with Tom Chapin, spoke about the lack of musical education in schools, the indecency bill, and the power and necessity of lobbying. The presentations were followed by a lively question-and-answer session with the audience, many of whom are deeply involved in the issues discussed.