John L. Simson, Board Member
John L. Simson has been involved in the music industry since his 1971 signing as a recording artist. His career has included stints as a manager: managing Grammy-winning artists; an entertainment lawyer: currently of-counsel to the firm, Lommen Abdo; an executive: assisting in the creation, branding and launch of SoundExchange, which he ran from 2001-2010 and as a special consultant for artist and business development for Kobalt Music (2012-2013).
Simson is currently Executive-in-Residence and Program Director of the Business and Entertainment major at the Kogod School of Business at American University.” He has participated in projects which have secured 15 Grammy nominations and won 5 Grammies and represented a Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient.
Simson has been featured on CNN, NBC, PBS, BBC, the New York Times, WSJ, LA Times and other news outlets on issues affecting artist’s rights and compensation. He is a frequent lecturer at music industry programs around the World.