Daryl P. Friedman is Chief Industry, Government & Member Relations Officer for The Recording Academy (The GRAMMY organization). Called “the D.C. chief for music’s creative community” by Variety and “The Artists’ Advocate” by Billboard, Friedman oversees the company’s advocacy, membership and industry relations divisions.
Friedman joined The Recording Academy in 1997 and established the organization's Washington office. He created the Academy’s "GRAMMYs on the Hill" initiatives, which include a number of programs to advance the rights of music creators through advocacy, education and dialogue. He serves on the boards of the National Music Council and Creative Community for Peace, and was named Executive of the Year by the Washington Area Music Association.
A music industry professional for more than 30 years, Friedman previously directed external affairs for the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. He received his M.A. in Arts Management from the American University in Washington, D.C., and his B.A. in Economics from the University of California (Santa Cruz).
Todd Dupler is the Senior Director, Advocacy & Public Policy for The Recording Academy, the organization internationally known for the annual GRAMMY Awards. In this role, Dupler works with Academy leadership to develop policy positions on issues affecting the music community, and represents the interests of the Academy’s 24,000 members before Congress and federal agencies. In addition, he manages GRAMMYs on the Hill Advocacy Day and GRAMMYs in My District, the Academy’s signature grassroots advocacy programs. Dupler also coordinates state and local advocacy with the Academy’s 12 regional chapters.
With nearly two decades of experience in Washington, D.C., Todd Dupler has extensive knowledge of Capitol Hill and the legislative process. He previously served as legislative director for Rep. Lamar Smith during Smith's tenure as chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property. In this role, Dupler helped facilitate negotiations to reform copyright law and was a liaison to stakeholders in the creative industries
Dupler also served on the legislative staff for Rep. Kevin Brady and Sen. Phil Gramm. In addition, he was a Presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor and also has experience in state government. Dupler received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and his Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from Baylor University. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and serves on the boards of the Copyright Alliance and the Texas State Society.
Director, Government Relations
Michael Lewan is the Director of Government Relations for The Recording Academy in Washington, D.C. where he represents the Academy, its members and the greater music community on Capitol Hill and with key government agencies. Lewan brings a diverse public policy and advocacy background in helping execute the Academy’s advocacy programs and achieve its legislative and regulatory goals.
Executive Assistant, Advocacy & Public Policy
Lindsey Taylor is the Advocacy & Public Policy Executive Assistant to Daryl P. Friedman in the Washington, D.C., office. She pulls from her strong organizational background and knowledge of Washington politics to manage the day-to-day business of the Advocacy office as well as coordinate activities on and off Capitol Hill for the Advocacy team.
Originally from Dahlonega, Ga., Lindsey previously worked for Congressman Doug Collins (GA09) (R-Ga.) as his scheduler. Most recently, she served as a Government Affairs Assistant at the international law firm Greenberg Traurig in Washington, D.C., supporting former Members of Congress. Lindsey holds a BA in political science from North Georgia College & State University.
Administrative Assistant, Advocacy & Public Policy
Alexandra Williams is the Administrative Assistant in the DC office and assistant to the Senior Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, Todd Dupler, and the Director of Government Affairs, Michael Lewan. In addition to handling front of house duties, Alexandra manages the day to day flow of the office and assists in the execution of annual events such as GRAMMYs on the Hill and GRAMMYs in My District.
Previously, Alexandra co-managed singer-songwriter Andrew Belle at a Miami-based music management company. She also previously interned for both Rep. Hansen Clarke (MI-13) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD-05), co-chair of The Recording Arts and Sciences Congressional Caucus. Alexandra graduated from The University of Miami in 2015 with a focus in Law and a BA in Philosophy and Spanish.
Senior Director of Governmental Affairs, Greenberg Traurig
Diane Blagman is the senior director of governmental affairs in the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig. She presently represents major municipalities, corporations, public entities, and major entertainment clients and provides strategic political, legislative and regulatory assistance before Congress and federal agencies. Notable clients include The Recording Academy, MusiCares, GRAMMY Foundation, SESAC, and the New York Philharmonic. She joined Greenberg Traurig in 1994.
With nearly two decades of experience on Capitol Hill, Blagman has worked for a number of congressmen and served as chief of staff to a senior member of Congress. She previously served on the staff for the House Appropriations Committee and during this time she was the liaison to the chairman of the Congressional Arts Caucus, which was established to support increased funding for arts and music programs in the United States and to advocate for legislation that protects the arts community. She drafted and worked on congressional passage of legislation that including Live Aid Day, Gospel Music Month and the 50th anniversary of The Recording Academy. Additional legislative efforts she has been involved in include protecting artist's rights during the debate on FCC's fines for indecency, music preservation, and copyright and intellectual property issues.
Blagman has worked extensively on a number of projects and events that combine music with social and political activism, including Live Aid, Live 8 and Live Earth, and the Concert for 9/11.
Most recently, she helped coordinate voter registration and mobilization efforts through the Change Rocks concert for the Obama presidential campaign. She has also worked on a number of presidential and congressional campaigns and previous Democratic conventions.
She is a board member of HeadCount, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting participation in democracy through the power of music which has registered more than 150,000 voters.
Blagman is a Governor and Secretary for The Recording Academy Washington, D.C. Chapter. She earned her B.A. and M.A. from George Washington University.