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BLACK ENTERTAINMENT LAWYERS' ASSOCIATION FORMED AT BMA CONFERENCE

West of Jones, Michael & Cherot, NY; and Kendall Minter of Burns, Jackson, Miller, Summit and Jacoby, NY; outline the purpose and goals of the Association to be:

The establishment of a nationwide network of black entertainment lawyers to provide legal services to the BMA and its members; to establish a referral system for legal representation and a resource bank for providing information to students, groups, non-profit and civic organizations involved in the entertainment industry; and to serve as an industry watchdog in protecting the rights of blacks within the entertainment community.

"The formation of this association can work as an effective conduit between Black lawyers interested in entering the entertainment industry and Black artists seeking qualified attorneys and hopefully such goals can be facilitated with the support of the BMA," stated Mr. Arnold.

The Black Entertainment Lawyers Association will interface with the BMA, the National Bar Association, the National Conference of Black Lawyers and the American Bar Association.  The Association is the first of its kind and signals a new level of achievement and recognition of Black professional competence and dedication in an industry where legal representation has only rarely been entrusted to Black lawyers.

The organizers credit the BMA Founders' Conference with having created a positive environment in which a long needed concept and organization of this nature could germinate and mature into a reality.  For further information, contact Kendall Minter, (212) 980-3200.

Second Annual Conference

The Second Annual BMA Conference will be held in Washington, D.C. at the Sheraton Washington Hotel over the weekend of June 26-30, 1980.  Details will be coming soon.

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BLACK MUSIC ASSOCIATION

A publication of the Black Music Association as a service to its members and to members of the entertainment industry.

Kenneth Gamble
President/Treasurer

Edward W. Wright
Executive Vice President/Secretary

Jules Malamud
Senior Vice President

Glenda Gracia
Executive Director

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION
Rod McGrew/Vice President

Jack Gibson
Sidney Miller
Joe 'Butterball' Tamburro
O.C. White
George Ware

MARKETING & MERCHANDISING DIVISION
Calvin Simpson/Vice President

Barrie Bergman
Oscar E. Fields, III
David Lieberman
James Tyrrell
Ernie Leaner

PERFORMING ARTS DIVISION
Smokey Robinson/Vice President

Dr. George Butler
Robert Gordy
Maurice White
Stevie Wonder
Valerie Simpson

RECORDING DIVISION
LeBaron Taylor/Vice President

Larkin Arnold
Harold Childs
Tom Draper
Cecil Holmes
Dave Clark

Address all communications to:

InnerVisions
1500 Locust Street
Suite 1905
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102

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(Left): EDWARD W. WRIGHT
Co-Founder, Exec. V.P.

(RIGHT): BERRY GORDY, Jr.
Honorary Chairman, Advisory Board

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LeBARON TAYLOR
Vice Pres., Recording Div.

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