Our board comprises executives from a variety of indie and major record labels with diverse backgrounds in the music business:
Cary Sherman is Chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the organization representing the nation’s major music labels. The trade group’s member companies are responsible for creating, manufacturing, or distributing approximately 85 percent of all legitimate sound recordings sold in the United States.
As Chairman and CEO, Sherman represents the interests of the $7.7 billion U.S. sound recording industry, which now derives more than three quarters of its revenues from digital formats. In 2001, he became President, serving in that capacity until his elevation to Chairman and CEO in 2011.
Throughout his tenure, Sherman has helped guide the industry’s efforts to facilitate new ways for fans to access music and to ensure that music creators are properly compensated as streaming becomes the dominant format of the business. He was instrumental in the enactment of the Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act in 1995, which along with his work on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in 1998, established a new right for artists and labels to be compensated by digital music services. That right has since become the core legal foundation obligating streaming services to pay royalties for their subscription services – services that have become the primary catalyst for growth in the business.
Additionally, Sherman has guided music community collaboration on multiple issues, from antipiracy and technology initiatives to landmark litigations such as MGM Studios, Inc. v. Grokster in 2005. At a time when piracy was rampant and the authorized music marketplace was in its infancy, that case reshaped the legal landscape for actions against pirate sites and helped level the playing field for licensed music services.
Before joining the RIAA as General Counsel in 1997, Sherman was a senior partner at the Washington, D.C. firm of Arnold & Porter, where he was outside counsel to the RIAA and the head of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group. One of his special areas of expertise during his 26 years at Arnold & Porter was reconciling developing technologies and intellectual property laws.
Sherman was the 2018 recipient of the Music Business Association’s (Music Biz) Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement honoring his 40+ year career working for the music industry. Sherman has been named to Billboard Magazine’s Power 100 List and described by National Journal as an “intellectual property guru” and “one of the top copyright attorneys in the country.”
Sherman graduated from Cornell University and Harvard Law School. An amateur musician and lyricist, he is a member of the Board of Levine Music in Washington, D.C., where he recently served as Chairman. Sherman also serves on the board of the Anti-Defamation League, and has served on numerous other boards, including the Copyright Society, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, The Computer Law Association, The Computer Lawyer, and BNA’s Patent, Trademark and Copyright Journal.
Michele Ballantyne is Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Industry Relations, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Ballantyne manages the day-to-day operations of the RIAA’s public policy team. During her time at the RIAA, Ballantyne has played an instrumental role in advocating Congressional reforms that updated intellectual property laws for the digital age, including the PRO-IP Act that established the nation’s first Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in the Executive Office of the President, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 that provided colleges and universities with meaningful tools to reduce the illegal downloading of copyrighted works on campuses.
Before joining the RIAA in 2004, Ballantyne was General Counsel for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.). She also served as Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton and as Special Counselor to White House Chief of Staff John Podesta.
Ballantyne earned a B.A. from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, a Masters Degree from George Washington University and her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Ron Brown Scholar Program, which provides academic scholarships, service opportunities, and leadership experiences for African American students.
Brad Buckles is Executive Vice President, Anti-Piracy, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Buckles is responsible for leading the industry’s strategic efforts to address digital and physical music theft. As head of the RIAA’s Anti-Piracy unit, Buckles oversees dozens of analysts, technical specialists and investigators in Washington and throughout the country who work to take down illicit copies of songs online and who play a big role assisting various law enforcement agencies as they address criminal instances of digital and physical piracy.
Before joining the RIAA in 2004, Buckles was head of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Mr. Buckles also served as an attorney in the Office the General Counsel at the Department of Treasury, as ATF Chief Counsel and as ATF Deputy Director.
Buckles earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science from University of Wyoming and his Juris Doctor from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.
Mitch Glazier is President, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Glazier guides the industry’s strategic policy initiatives and helps coordinate the activities of the association. In his more than 10-year tenure at the RIAA, Glazier has helped manage a variety of initiatives that have played a vital role in the music industry’s transition to the digital age. This includes the 2008 PRO-IP Act, which established the country’s first Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in the Executive Office of the President, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, which provided colleges and universities with meaningful tools to reduce the illegal downloading of copyrighted works on college campuses.
Glazier has also been instrumental in managing a variety of state initiatives that have helped the legal online marketplace for music to begin to prosper, including the enactment of laws in several states that ensure copyright protections extend to digital storage devices and subscription services. He has spearheaded the promotion and expansion of artist and industry programs such as RIAA’s sponsorship of a weekly “Monday Open Mic” night at Nashville’s iconic Bluebird Café to showcase emerging artists and songwriters.
Before joining RIAA, Glazier served as Chief Counsel for intellectual property to the Judiciary Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. A native of Illinois, Glazier served as law clerk to the Honorable Judge Wayne R. Andersen, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and practiced law at the Chicago firm Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg as an associate in commercial litigation. He graduated from Northwestern University and Vanderbilt Law School. Glazier serves on the boards of Musicians on Call, the American Association of People with Disabilities, and the Internet Education Foundation.
Jonathan Lamy is Executive Vice President, Communications and Strategic Analysis, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Lamy oversees the Communications and Strategic Analysis department which encompasses media relations, market research and the Gold & Platinum Awards Program. For the past decade, Lamy has spearheaded the public roll-out of a variety of high-profile music industry policy, legal, licensing and technology initiatives and campaigns.
Before joining the RIAA, Lamy was Press Secretary for Bread for the World, the nation’s largest anti-hunger organization. He also served as Press Secretary to U.S. Congressman Martin Meehan (D-Mass.), Deputy Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Press Secretary for the Vermont Democratic Party leading into the 2001 presidential elections.
Lamy earned his Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.
Steven Marks is Chief, Digital Business and General Counsel for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Marks oversees industry-wide digital business initiatives focusing on growing the digital music marketplace and developing new revenue streams for the industry. Marks is responsible for the organization’s business affairs, legal, litigation and technology departments. Marks led the creation of the license for Internet radio and other services now administered by SoundExchange and serves as Chair of SoundExchange’s Licensing Committee and on its Board of Directors. Marks has also led efforts to establish historic agreements with music publishers, songwriters, digital music services, and mobile phone companies that set new royalty rates for cutting-edge digital music models to expand consumer access to legitimate music.
Marks was instrumental in launching whymusicmatters.com, a first of its kind online guide for authorized music services in the United States. Marks also helped lead negotiations that resulted in the groundbreaking agreement with ISPs to create the Center for Copyright Information, a platform to educate consumers about online uses of music and movies. Marks has served as Vice Chair of CCI since its creation.
Before joining RIAA, Marks was in private practice. He graduated from Duke Law School where he was Articles Editor of the Duke Law Journal. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit. Marks received his B.A. from Duke University. Marks is an amateur musician and serves on the boards of Debbie’s Dream Foundation and the regional board of the Anti-Defamation League.
Karen Silhol is Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Silhol oversees all aspects of the organization’s financial management, information technologies and facilities departments. Silhol is responsible for budgeting and overseeing the association’s current financial structure. She has more than 17 years of accounting, managerial and strategic planning experience in the nonprofit sector through her work at the RIAA and in public accounting.
Before joining the RIAA in 2001, Silhol spent three years as an auditor with the public accounting firm Calibre CPA Group where she served clients in the nonprofit and labor union industries. Silhol earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from James Madison University and is a member of the Greater Washington Society of CPA’s. She is a certified public accountant.