Former White House counsel Jack Quinn has been named president of Music Artists Coalition (MAC), the artists’ advocacy group launched last summer by veteran music managers Irving Azoff, Coran Capshaw and John Silva, who will now serve as co-chairs.
Quinn’s lengthy resume includes serving as counsel to former president Bill Clinton between 1995 and 1997, practicing law and co-founding public affairs firm Quinn Gillespie & Associates in D.C. In his new role, he will spearhead MAC’s legislative and governmental efforts in Washington, making sure artists have a “dedicated place at the table on policies that affect them,” he says.
He adds that he accepted the job “precisely because it is for artists and by artists, including performers and songwriters — first and only, without compromise.”
Additionally, Azoff Company co-president Susan Genco will serve as treasurer; Manatt, Phelps & Phillips partner Jordan Bromley as secretary; and Full Coverage Communications president Kristen Foster as vice president.
MAC launched in July to advocate for and protect artists’ rights in the digital age, with a board including Don Henley, Dave Matthews, Shane McAnally, Maren Morris and Anderson .Paak. MAC membership has since grown to include the likes of Stevie Nicks, John Mayer, Little Big Town, Bernie Taupin and Diplo.
This year, MAC partnered with industry groups like the RIAA and A2IM to secure an amendment to California’s AB5 “gig economy” law affecting independent artists, songwriters and producers. Now, the advocacy group is closely watching the development of the Mechanical Licensing Collective; the Copyright Royalty Board streaming mechanical royalties rate appeal; and the U.S. Department of Justice review of the consent decrees governing ASCAP and BMI.