Hatch Foundation Holds Music Licensing Symposium with Industry Experts

Park City, UT—Today, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation—hosted a symposium entitled “Music Licensing in the 21st Century.

Speakers included Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice; Gordon Smith, President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters; Elizabeth Matthews, CEO of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers; Michael O’Neill, President and CEO of Broadcast Music, Inc; and Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman Emeritus of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation. B-roll footage available here

“What an honor to have so many music luminaries here in our own backyard,” said Hatch“As a lifelong songwriter myself, I have long advocated on behalf of the talented men and women who contribute greatly to our arts and culture through their work in the recording industry. Today we heard insightful commentary from a handful of policymakers who are committed to building on the coordinated effort between lawmakers and stakeholders that resulted in the Music Modernization Act last year.”

“In true Orrin Hatch fashion, today’s symposium brought together two sides of an issue to work towards a unifying solution,” said Matt Sandgren, Executive Director of the Hatch Foundation. “The focus of our discussion was on striking a balance in music licensing: We need a regulatory environment that allows our broadcasters to thrive, but we also need consent decrees that work for our songwriters and publishers. The biggest takeaway from today is that we can do both.”

“Regulation by Washington is not justified simply because it has been around for decades and has been the status quo…. Over the last century, innovation, regulation, and competition have been complementary—yet sometimes, competing—forces at play in the music industry.  When regulation threatens to reduce innovation or competition, change must occur to restore the proper balance.” – Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice
“The ASCAP and BMI consent decrees have effectively prevented harm to licensees, songwriters and consumers, and ensured that radio and television broadcasters are able to fairly, efficiently and transparently license musical works to the benefit of their audiences. For these reasons, the Department of Justice should work with the many legislators who have weighed in during the Music Modernization Act process and since then to help develop an alternative framework prior to any action.” – Gordon Smith, President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters
“We have to innovate and collaborate together if we are going to create a global licensing marketplace with reliable and transparent data for licensees and drive a sustainable ecosystem for songwriters.” – Elizabeth Matthews, CEO of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
“If we all give and take, like we did with the MMA, we can make great things happen. That spirit of compromise can go a long way for our industry and better serve songwriters, businesses and the public.” – Michael O’Neill, President and CEO of Broadcast Music, Inc.
Matt Sandgren, Executive Director of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation, leads a panel discussion. 

After the symposium, Gordon Smith joined Boyd Matheson, Opinion Editor at Deseret News, to discuss. Click here to listen. Yesterday, Makan Delrahim joined Matheson’s podcast to preview the event. Click here to listen.


Hatch Foundation to Hold Music Licensing Symposium

Washington, DC—Today, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation—announced it will be hosting a music licensing symposium in August in Park City, UT.

“As a lifelong advocate for songwriters and other important figures in the music industry, it was an honor to usher the Music Modernization Act into law last year,” said Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman Emeritus of the Hatch Foundation. “This legislation was the culmination of years of coordinated effort between lawmakers and stakeholders alike. The symposium will provide additional insights as we hear from various key players and discuss music licensing in the 21st century.”


Hatch Calls for Equal Pay for Female Athletes

Washington, DC—Today, Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman Emeritus of The Orrin G. Hatch Foundation, released the following statement regarding the pay disparity between male and female athletes:

“I extend my warmest congratulations to the U.S. women’s soccer team in its 13-0 win over Thailand. While we cheer our team on in the Women’s World Cup, here at home, we can and must do more to ensure pay equity for all athletes,” said Hatch. “Hosting the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics and Paralympics was one of the proudest moments I had as a U.S. Senator to welcome the world to Utah and to showcase our country’s finest athletes. Just like then, the world’s eyes are on us to do the right thing. I trust that the U.S. Soccer Federation and other policymakers will once and for all end this two-tiered, gender-based structure that has unfairly discriminated against female athletes.”


Hatch at Religious Freedom Symposium: “Religious Liberty Deserves Attention”

Salt Lake City, UT—This week, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation—hosted a religious freedom symposium entitled “Protecting Our Religious Liberty.”

Speakers included: former US Senator Orrin G. Hatch; Leonard Leo, the Executive Vice President of the Federalist Society; Baroness Emma Nicholson of Winterbourne, a Member of the UK Parliament; and Professor Brett G. Scharffs, the Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University Law School.

The symposium was attended by leaders of many faiths, including rabbis, pastors, elders, and apostles such as Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, shown here with the speakers.
Matt Sandgren, Executive Director of the Hatch Foundation, moderated an interfaith roundtable featuring a lineup of local community leaders.
See below for complete video remarks from all of the speakers, as well as the roundtable.
“The second great commandment is to love your neighbor. To understand this is to know your neighbor is your equal, but may be in a much harder situation than you.” –Baroness Emma Nicholson of Winterbourne, UK House of Lords, Founder of the AMAR Foundation
“All human beings are endowed by their creator with inherent and inalienable human dignity. This dignity is the foundation for human rights, and one of the most powerful justifications for religious freedom for all.” –Brett G. Scharffs, BYU Law Professor and Director of the International Center for Law and Religious Studies
“Religious liberty deserves our attention both at home and abroad.” 
-Former Senator Orrin G. Hatch
“[Freedom of religion] protects the right of conscience, not just in houses of worship but in workplaces, schools, hospitals, government offices, and anywhere else we go in this world.”—Leonard Leo, Executive Vice President of the Federalist Society
Panelists included: Chabad Lubavitch’s Rabbi Benjamin Zippel; First Presbyterian’s Pamela Atkinson; Sri Ganesha Temple’s Dr. Neale R. Neelameggham; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Elder Jack. N. Gerard; and Utah Muslim Civic League’s Avais Ahmed.

After the symposium, Senator Hatch and Leonard Leo joined Boyd Matheson, Opinion Editor at Deseret News. Click here to listen. They also discussed Senator Hatch’s op-ed from earlier this week, where he outlines the significant implications of “court-packing.” Click here to read.


Hatch Center and FWD.us Release Report: Our Outdated Immigration System Needs Overhaul

Washington, DC—Today, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation—joined FWD.us in releasing a new report on the need to reform to the US immigration system to grow the economy, foster innovation, and create new American jobs. The report advocates specifically for commonsense, bipartisan changes to our high-skilled immigration policy.

The report’s release on April 1 is significant, as it marks the day that USCIS begins accepting H-1B visa petitions for Fiscal Year 2020. There are 65,000 H-1B visas available, and another 20,000 available for individuals who hold advanced degrees from US colleges and universities. The annual cap of 85,000 visas has been exhausted within one week for the previous six years.

“The United States is the innovation capital of the world, with a talented workforce that is second to none,” said Hatch“But unless we fix our broken immigration system, our workforce—and our economy—will fall behind. That’s why I have long been a champion of bipartisan immigration reform, including efforts to maximize the contributions of high-skilled workers. To maintain our global economic competitiveness, we must continue to attract the best and brightest in the world. This report is a blueprint for achieving that goal.”

“We haven’t updated our high-skilled immigration system in over 25 years, and we’re clearly seeing and feeling the consequences.  Every year, the huge demand for H-1B visas
which allow highly-skilled individuals to contribute their talents to the U.S. economyfar outpaces what is available, forcing the U.S. to miss out on the creation of American jobs. Immigrants are good for Americans; they contribute to our economy, and grow the middle class,” said FWD.us President Todd Schulte“We are proud to partner with the Hatch Foundation to release this new report, which underscores the urgent need for commonsense policies that would modernize our badly outdated legal immigration system, so that the best and the brightest from around the world can continue to bring their skills here to create new jobs and keep the U.S. competitive in the global economy.”  


In the report, FWD.us and the Hatch Foundation find that “America’s ability to attract, educate, and employ the world’s greatest talent has created a workforce pipeline that has fueled our economy, and we must continue to replenish that pipeline with fresh ideas and skill-sets from around the globe… Economists have understood for decades that high-skilled professionals working in the sciences and engineering are fundamental to driving innovation, technological adoption, and productivity.”

The full report is available [HERE].

Hatch Foundation Names Matt Sandgren as Executive Director

Washington, DC— Today, the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation released the following statements after announcing Matt Sandgren would take the helm as executive director of the organization.

Sandgren was the chief of staff to former US Senator Orrin Hatch and shepherded legislation through some of the Senator’s most effective years as a lawmaker. Scott Anderson, chairman of the foundation’s five-member board and longtime colleague, also offered his full support.

“I was well served by all my chiefs of staff, but few—if any—compared to Matt Sandgren. Matt is a Utah native and one of the sharpest policy minds in Washington,” said Hatch. “He has the institutional memory, the administrative know-how, and the proven leadership ability necessary to build the Hatch Center into a nationally respected forum for bipartisan policymaking. Matt was the obvious choice for executive director, and I’m grateful to have him on the team.”
Matt Sandgren previously served as Sen. Hatch’s Chief of Staff in Washington, DC (Photo: CNN)
“Matt Sandgren’s Capitol Hill career was an embodiment of our mission: To promote commonsense solutions to the nation’s most pressing problems,” said Anderson. “As the Senator’s chief policy aide, he worked behind the scenes to forge consensus on highly sensitive issues—from immigration and antitrust to data privacy and IP reform. Matt knows the ins and outs of the legislative process and has a policy resume that is second to none. Most important, he has a profound appreciation for the Hatch legacy and the commitment necessary to carry it forward.”
Sandgren joins the Hatch Foundation with over 15 years of Capitol Hill experience.


A Capitol Hill veteran with over 15 years of experience, Matt Sandgren directed Orrin Hatch’s legislative, communications, and political activities during the Senator’s final chapter in the Senate. Previously, Matt served as senior counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Hatch led as member and chairman.

Beyond intellectual property and technology issues, his legislative portfolio spanned a significant portion of the Judiciary Committee’s jurisdiction, including biotechnology, cybersecurity, immigration, internet governance, and privacy. Matt also served as Senator Hatch’s staff director for the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force and as lead counsel for the International Creativity and Theft Prevention Caucus.

Both on and off the Hill, Matt is widely regarded as a leading expert on tech policy and intellectual property law. He earned a B.A. from Brigham Young University, a J.D. from The University of Tulsa, and an LL.M. from The George Washington University. Matt is a member of the Utah, District of Columbia, and U.S. Supreme Court bars.


Hatch Center and Intermountain Healthcare Host Hatch Symposium

Washington, DC—Last November, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation— joined Utah’s Intermountain Healthcare to host a health symposium focusing on “America’s Social Determinants of Health.”

The University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute authored a report highlighting the event. The report summarizes information presented at the symposium, outlines key observations, and poses next steps for consideration. Click here for PDF [LINK].

“From the Children’s Health Insurance Program to helping design Medicare Part D, I have long fought for sensible reforms to improve our healthcare system,” said Hatch. “We designed this event to help policy and healthcare leaders better understand and make informed decisions about addressing social determinants of health. By creating smarter policies, we are delivering better healthcare for Americans today and equipping future generations with the necessary tools to answer difficult medical challenges they’ll face.”

“The inaugural symposium of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation set the tone for our mission going forward—to forge commonsense solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems,” said Scott Anderson, Chairman of the Board. “By convening the biggest names in healthcare under one roof, we were able to facilitate meaningful discussion on the health challenges facing everyday Americans. Our discussion generated genuine breakthroughs, including Secretary Azar’s proposal to expand Medicare Advantage to assist with housing, nutrition, and other social needs. The new report from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute weighs in on this and many other groundbreaking ideas.”
Sen. Hatch has long fought for healthcare improvements.

The symposium focused on strategies and innovations for addressing social determinants of health— the conditions in which people are born, live, work, and play that affect their health risks and outcomes.

Keynote speakers included:
Alex M. Azar II, Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services; Orrin G. Hatch, then President Pro Tempore of the US Senate; Adam Boehler, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of HHS, CMS Deputy Administrator and Director of the Innovation Center; Karen DeSalvo, MD, Former Acting Assistant Secretary of Health at HHS and Co-Convener of The National Alliance to Impact the Social Determinants of Health; Marc Harrison, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Intermountain Healthcare; Mikelle Moore, Senior Vice President, Community Health Intermountain Healthcare; Vince Ventimiglia, Chairman, Leavitt Partners, Board of Managers.