SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (SEPT. 24, 2021) — The Recording Academy® announced today the appointment of Todd Dupler as Vice President of Advocacy & Public Policy, effective immediately. Dupler will report to Chief Advocacy & Public Policy Officer Daryl Friedman, whose title recently updated from Chief Advocacy Officer. In his role, Dupler works with the Academy's leadership to develop policy positions on issues affecting the music community and represents the interests of the Academy's members before Congress and federal agencies. He also coordinates state and local advocacy with the Academy's 12 regional chapters. Friedman continues to oversee the advocacy division focused on championing creators' rights and elevating important policy issues that stand to affect the music community. He also orchestrates cross-departmental efforts to advance the overall advocacy goals of the Recording Academy.

"I'm thrilled to welcome Todd into his elevated role as Vice President of Advocacy & Public Policy," said Harvey Mason jr., CEO of the Recording Academy. "His track record for advocating on behalf of music creators nationwide has proven to be invaluable to the music community. As we continue to evolve to better serve the music industry at-large, we are excited to see what great work he will lead to ensure fair treatment and compensation for music creators."

Dupler joined the Recording Academy in 2012 and most recently served as Managing Director of Advocacy & Public Policy. He was instrumental in launching the Academy's District Advocate program — the largest grassroots music advocacy initiative of its kind — as well as the GRAMMY® Fund for Music Creators, the Academy's political action committee, where he currently acts as the GRAMMY Fund's Treasurer. He has also managed the GRAMMYs on the Hill® Advocacy Day for nine years.

Dupler has over two decades of experience in Washington, D.C., and extensive knowledge of Capitol Hill and the legislative process. Prior to joining the Academy, he served on the legislative staffs of two members of Congress and a United States senator, including serving as the legislative director to the chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. In this role, Dupler helped facilitate negotiations to reform copyright law, and was a liaison to stakeholders in the creative industries. In addition, he was also a presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor and has experience in state government.

He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and serves on the board of the Texas State Society of Washington, D.C. He also previously served on the board of the Copyright Alliance. He received a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from Baylor University.


The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music's history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum®, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares®, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards® — music's only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world's leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.

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