February 20 2018
Business and Entertainment program at American University in Washington DC, Program Director
John Simson’s career has included stints as a manager, handling the career of 5X Grammy winner, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, special advisor to Harry Belafonte for music and television projects, and a 30 year career as an entertainment lawyer advising clients on copyright and business issues in film, television, music and the visual arts. He most recently served as the Executive Director of SoundExchange from 2001-2010, an organization he helped launch in 2001. Simson received an Emmy nomination for his music supervision of the PBS series, “American Roots Music” and was named the Outstanding Volunteer Lawyer by Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts on their 10th Anniversary celebration. Simson was at the forefront of the battle for artist’s rights and their ability to be paid for their work online and has been featured on NBC Nightly News, The New York Times, WSJ, Marketplace, CNN and many other news outlets. He is currently Program Director for the Business and Entertainment program at American University in Washington DC. Additionally, he acts as counsel to Fox Rothchild LLP.