Power Poll Players

The Policy & Advocacy Coalition consists of over 200 members from various music industry backgrounds including artists, producers, record labels, trade and research organizations, scholars, music enthusiasts and experts and educational institutions and museums.  These members are called Power Poll Players, and they have a vital role in helping NMAAM gather information on the issues and challenges facing African American music. We have highlighted a few of our members below, and will continue to update our member list as more members become engaged in our Power Polls.

If you wish to become a member of the Policy & Advocacy Coalition, please send us an email at info@nmaam.com with your name and job title, and you will be added to our survey list. You may even be chosen as our Power Poll Player of the month!


Dr. Paul T. Kwami, Musical Director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers
Valerie “Sweets” Marable, President of S.N.A.P.S., Corp.
Steve Rhim, Talent & Booking Agent, Event Coordination and Operations for WOW Booking Agency

Power Poll Player Spotlight

a8232a364d0eb606320995ccf05ac81fMeet the newest Policy and Advocacy member Steve Rhim. Steve is a music industry consultant, booking agent and promoter who travels frequently between Jersey City, NJ and Atlanta, GA. Through our discussions with him, we were able to gain insight about music industry issues for promoters and booking agencies, and his role in shaping generations of music lovers. We were able to catch up with Mr. Rhim in between his travels for a Q&A about his work.

How did you hear about NMAAM and the Policy & Advocacy Coalition?
I heard about you all through an industry associate, Brian Lassiter.

What are some of the industry issues that concern you?
I’m very concerned about the lives of black music executives and promoters, and their after-lives. There are so many promoters that die broke while the artist(s) that they’ve promoted throughout their career, continue to make money. Somewhat of a retirement plan is needed. That artist wouldn’t be successful, if it were not for those promoters.

How do you see the museum playing a part in addressing the issues?
I look at the museum as the nucleus to touch every aspect of the music industry and every part that made it what it is. As a promoter, myself, it would be nice to come into the museum and look around at all of the history of not only the artist, but also the existence of other departments of the industry, like executive, marketing, A&R and promotional departments. They all had teams that made Prince and Rick James who they are. That would only be fair.

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