This October, the Music Modernization Act -- the most significant revision to United States copyright law in a generation -- was signed into law, the culmination of half a decade of work on the behalf of songwriters and creators across the country. And at Billboard’s 2018 Women In Music event in New York City Thursday night (Dec. 6), four women who were instrumental in fighting the long, often thankless battle to get the law passed were honored as executives of the year.
Danielle Aguirre, executive vp/general counsel at the NMPA; Jacqueline Charlesworth, of counsel at Covington & Burling; Susan Genco, co-president of Azoff MSG Entertainment; and Dina LaPolt, founder/owner of LaPolt Law, took the stage to accept the honor, after being introduced by Fifth Harmony alum (and LaPolt client) Lauren Jauregui. And LaPolt was effusive and forceful in her speech accepting the award, emphasizing the great effort, and remarkable achievement, that went into the law.
"This was no small endeavor — it took many years of sleepless nights," LaPolt said from the stage, noting that many of those nights were away from the comforts of family and home as the work to getting the bill passed stretched from months to years. She also stressed the importance of teamwork: "It is said that when great women come together, even greater things happen."