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Ask your legal questions at a COVID-19 Webinar

Contracts, insurance, visas, employment, and legislation in the COVID-19 Era

Join Arts Midwest and the Alliance of Performing Arts Conferences* for an upcoming free webinar “Ask an Expert: Contracts, insurance, visas, employment, and legislation in the COVID-19 Era” this Friday, March 27th at noon (CST).

This informative panel presentation will gather a group of legal experts including Heather Noonan (League of American Orchestras), Matthew Covey (Tamizdat), Paul Bassman, Heather VanDyke (SXSW), and Ali Sachedina (JioSaavn) to discuss and answer questions about the current business, legal, and financial realities facing the performing arts sector. Questions will be accepted in advance for this informative panel presentation with legal experts around the current business, legal, and financial realities that our industry faces.

NOTE: This webinar is limited to 1,000 registrants. If you aren’t able to register, the webinar will be available for viewing online once it is complete. A recording of the webinar will be available on Tuesday, March 31.

*APAC is Arts Midwest, Arts Northwest, ArtsReady, Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP), Folk Alliance International (FAI), North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents (NAPAMA), North Carolina Presenters Consortium (NCPC), International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY), South Arts and Western Arts Alliance (WAA).

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About the Panelists:

Paul Bassman is a leading figure in the world of entertainment insurance and risk management services. He leads his staff with a mantra of integrity and an aim to best protect the assets of all clients, which together feature an extraordinary collection of hundreds of the top entertainment industry companies in North America. Paul graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Economics. He then spent the next 15 years in the music industry as a manager of platinum artists, A&R for Capitol Records, concert promoter and label owner – providing a hands on real world understanding of his clients’ business.

Heather VanDyke is General Counsel for South by Southwest (SXSW) where she handles a range of legal issues. Heather also teaches a music festival law seminar at UT School of Law. Heather lives in Austin, TX with her husband and two corgis, and was a professional modern dancer in a past life.

Heather Noonan is the Vice President for Advocacy for the League of American Orchestras, the national service organization for the more than 1,600 orchestras in communities across the United States. From the League’s Washington, D.C. office, Heather represents orchestras to national policy leaders in the arenas of government arts funding, education reform, international cultural activity, and nonprofit and philanthropic policies, and leads the League’s efforts to communicate the public value of orchestras and to increase orchestras’ local advocacy capacity. Heather directs the League’s technical assistance to orchestras navigating the complex aviation and protected species rules related to travel with musical instruments, and represented global music interests in treaty negotiations at the 17th and 18th Conferences of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. She established and edits the League web site Artists from Abroad: The Complete Guide to Immigration and Tax Requirements for Foreign Guest Artists. Heather is the convener of the Cultural Advocacy Group, the working group of national arts, humanities, and cultural stakeholders that collaborate year-round to advance federal policy priorities. Heather serves on the national advisory committee of the Arts Education Partnership, and has served on the boards of directors for the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras and the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning. Prior to joining the League in 1996, she was a legislative associate for the American Arts Alliance. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and studied art history at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.

Matthew Covey has devoted his professional career to helping artists build bridges between international communities. Following his studies in literature and music (BA Oberlin College) and post-colonial theory (MA UCD Ireland), Covey moved to Slovakia where he co-founded the critically acclaimed US/Slovak indie-rock band Skulpey. After relocations to Dublin and then New York, Covey worked as a festival talent-buyer before running Knitting Factory Records’ Amsterdam booking agency. In 1998 he co-launched Tamizdat and managed its Prague operation for three years before returning to New York to become the manager of Grammy Award winning band, The Klezmatics. Through the early 2000s, U.S. visa policy became an increasing impediment to international culture in the U.S., inspiring Covey to attended law school (JD NY Law School) to further Tamizdat’s work facilitating international cultural mobility. He launched Tamizdat’s affiliated law firm, CoveyLaw, in 2015, and is the U.S.’s leading authority and advocate for arts immigration. Covey is is admitted to the New York Bar, and is also president of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History of the United States.

Ali Sachedina joined JioSaavn in April 2017 as and Vice President, General Counsel of Legal & Business Affairs. Based in New York and Mumbai, Ali oversees all of JioSaavn’s legal and regulatory affairs worldwide. Ali’s responsibilities include the development and implementation of all of JioSaavn’s risk mitigation and compliance processes, the management of data privacy and cybersecurity initiatives, the negotiation of complex content licensing and original content agreements, while providing strategic advice to JioSaavn’s management on wide spectrum of JioSaavn’s business development activities. Ali is a graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A. Religion & Middle East Studies, Minor in Persian Language and Literature) and the University of Richmond School of Law. Founded in 2007, JioSaavn is South Asia’s largest digital music streaming service. JioSaavn is used across the globe and offers 45 million tracks in 15 languages. JioSaavn has 900+ label partnerships and growing, including Universal, Sony, T-Series, Tips, YRF, Saregama, Eros and Warner Music. JioSaavn has millions of users and streams billions of songs every month. JioSaavn is ranked #1 India-wise and #28th rank globally in the 2019 list of “50 Most Innovative Companies”. Saavn has raised $110 million in venture capital from various world-renowned investors and a number of strategic individuals, including former Vodafone CEO, Arun Sarin, and, Guy Oseary, Chairman of Maverick and manager of global artists including Madonna and U2. In April 2018, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) acquired a majority stake in Saavn to create a combined entity JioSaavn worth more than $1.4 billion dollars.