General Manager, West Coast Operations | Senior Vice President of Artist and Industry Relations at RIAA
Co-Chair, Public Policy & Advocacy Committee
Joel Flatow is the General Manager, West Coast Operations and Senior Vice President, Artist and Industry Relations for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the trade association which represents the major U.S. recording companies. Joel is the lead contact for RIAA operations on the west coast, including RIAA’s statewide relations, politics and policy for California, as well as the chief liaison to entertainment and political figures in Los Angeles.
Joel created and heads the RIAA’s artist relations program, building relationships with individual recording artists, developing national campaigns and producing major music events on Capitol Hill, as well as for Presidential Conventions and Inaugurals. He built and leads the association’s industry relations department, fostering joint activities among the various constituencies of the music community, for which he was named “The RIAA’s Musical Diplomat” in an LA Times profile.
He previously served as the Legislative Director of the Congressional Arts Caucus – one of Capitol Hill’s largest and most active legislative service organizations with 280 bipartisan members – advocating for federal arts support within Congress and monitoring a wide range of cultural, arts, and entertainment industry-related legislation. Prior to that, he served as Special Assistant to the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. He is a graduate of Yale University, as well as Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music Pre-Colleges and sang ten seasons with The Washington National Opera at The Kennedy Center.
Flatow serves as Co-Chair of The Trevor Project’s Public Policy & Advocacy Committee, co-chaired TrevorLIVE NY from 2008-09 and is proud to help bring music and politics to Trevor! He recently joined the Board of Directors of fun.’s The Ally Coalition and serves on the L.A. Advisory Committee of Musicians On Call.