Last week, Musicians Foundation Executive Director Beth Marlis visited Washington DC to lobby national lawmakers and leadership in support of music education, college affordability, student loan debt reduction, the music industry’s Fair Play/Fair Pay Act and AMP Act and the best interests of Hollywood.
The annual lobbying trip was organized under the banner of the Mayor’s Office and the Los Angeles and Hollywood Chambers of Commerce. The approx. 180 participants focussed on the interests of several of the most important economic sectors in Los Angeles, from Transportation to Education, Healthcare, Workforce Development, Regional Economy, Water, the 2024 Olympic Bid and much more.
Several substantive meetings took place that addressed the needs of higher education and protections for intellectual property/music creators, including meetings with Congressman Adam Schiff, Eric Waldo (Executive Director of Michelle Obama’s signature “Reach Higher Initiative”) shown above, Michelle King (New LAUSD Superintendent), and Steve Zimmer (Board Chair for LAUSD), and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Intellectual Properties Division.
Other highlights included presentations with LA Mayor Garcetti, CA Senator Dianne Feinstein, The U.S, Olympic Committee, and the Washington DC Chamber of Commerce.