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Lt. Governor Cagle Announces Joint Music Economic Development Study Committee Appointments

(ATLANTA)- Today, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle announced Senate appointments to the Joint Music Economic Development Study Committee. The 13 member committee, comprised of both legislators and industry experts, has been tasked with examining the state’s music industry to look for new and innovative ways to ensure sustained growth for this enviable part of Georgia’s economy. Lt. Gov. Cagle has appointed Sen. Jeff Mullis (R- Chickamauga) as Co-Chairman along with Sens. Tyler Harper (R- Ocilla) and Butch Miller (R- Gainesville) as committee members.

“Music has long played a defining role in Georgia’s storied history,” said Lt. Gov. Cagle. “This art form truly transcends cultural boundaries – leaving a lasting impact on listeners worldwide – and this committee will examine ways for us to continue to enhance Georgia’s music footprint.”

Recognizing the profound influence the music industry has on Georgians, Senate Resolution 1027 was passed during the 2016 Legislative Session. Members will examine ways to expand, promote and foster collaboration between the music community and other creative industries.

In addition to Sens. Mullis, Miller and Harper, Lt. Gov. Cagle has appointed the following music industry professionals to serve on the committee:

Michelle Caplinger, The Recording Academy/GRAMMY Awards, Senior Executive Director

Originally a recording artist and club promotor, Michelle later coordinated media buys, promotion and press for recording artists at Brusco Barr Presents. She went on to open a public relations firm representing Bon Joni, Fleetwood Mac and Janet Jackson, among many others. Michelle is the founding Officer of Georgia Music Partners, an organization promoting the music business and related technologies in Georgia, and serves on The Friends of Georgia Music, the governing body that produces the annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Show.

Stephen Weizeneck, Partner at Barnes & Thronburg and Member of the firm’s Corporate Department and Entertainment, Media and Sports Practice Group

A graduate of Emory University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Stephen focuses his practice on entertainment-related business interests. He is a member of the Georgia Governor’s Advisory Commission on Film, Music, and Digital Entertainment and serves on the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries.  Stephen has been recognized as part of the Georgia Legal Elite in 2015, a Rising Star for Super Lawyers and chairs the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia.

Matt Still, GRAMMY winning Producer, Engineer, and Mixer

Matt began studying classical piano at the age of four and has distinguished himself as one of the industry’s top producers, working with artists such as James Brown, Rod Stewart, Lady Gaga and Usher. Nominated for three Grammy Awards, he won the Album of the Year Grammy for his work with Outkast on “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.” He serves as the National Trustee of the Recording Academy’s Atlanta Chapter, co-chair of the Academy’s Producers & Engineer Wing Atlanta committee, board member for the Atlanta AES Chapter and member of the Advisory Board for Georgia Music Partners.

“The industry professionals serving on this committee have clearly demonstrated themselves as experts in their field,” said Lt. Gov. Cagle. “I want to thank them for their willingness to contribute to the legislative process as we strive to create sound public policy that will grow Georgia’s music industry.”

For more information on the Joint Music Economic Development Study Committee, please visit: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20152016/SR/1027.