FCC Commissioner Deborah Tate speaks on Nov. 1 at Vanderbilt; Curb Lecture topic is ‘The Work of the FCC and the Music Industry’

Deborah Tate, one of five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission, will speak about the music industry and the FCC during the 2007 Curb Lecture at Vanderbilt University.

Tate, who is from Nashville, will speak at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in Room 101 of Buttrick Hall on the Vanderbilt campus. A reception will follow in the atrium of Buttrick.

The event, hosted by the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy, is free and open to the public.

The Curb Lecture Series was started in 2003 to honor Nashville music executive and philanthropist Mike Curb.

Tate will speak on “The Work of the FCC and the Music Industry.” She has been an FCC commissioner since 2006. She has promoted market-based solutions to public policy issues and taken a special interest in issues affecting families and children.

Tate is a former director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, and also Vanderbilt’s Institute on Public Policy. She has been a policy advisor to two Tennessee governors, Lamar Alexander and Don Sundquist.

Tate’s lecture will be audio-taped for podcast on VUCast, the website of Vanderbilt News Service, at www.vanderbilt.edu/news. For more information including instructions about parking and directions, go to www.vanderbilt.edu/curbcenter/tatelecture.

The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy was established in 2003 as the first university-based policy program to fully engage the American cultural policy system. It is funded by Vanderbilt University and a $2.5 million endowment from music industry executive Mike Curb and the Curb Family Foundation. It is led by Bill Ivey, who was chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts from 1998 to 2001.

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