ACES Section to Host Annual Meeting & Educational Program

The State Bar of Michigan Arts, Communications, Entertainment & Sports Section will host its Annual Meeting and Educational Program from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 in conjunction with the SBM Annual Meeting at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.

The business meeting will take place from 2-3 p.m. and the educational program from 3-4 p.m. The educational program, which is open to the public, will consist of a panel discussion titled, “Perspectives on Music Licensing: A Special ArtPrize Presentation.” Joe Voss, practice leader of Clark Hill’s Entertainment Industry Team and director of strategic partnerships of Creative Many Michigan in Grand Rapids, will moderate the discussion, which will consist of panelists Nicole Churchill, director of licensing and supervision at Assemble Sound in Detroit; Joe Bellanca, entertainment attorney at Hertz Schram in Bloomfield Hills; Kimberly Aldridge, manager of music licensing at AMI Entertainment Network in Grand Rapids; and Ralston Bowles, recording artist in Grand Rapids.

The educational program will be followed by a reception, co-hosted by the SBM Intellectual Property Section and the SBM Information Technology Section, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Reserve Wine & Food, located conveniently close to the SBM Annual Meeting at 201 Monroe Ave. NW in Grand Rapids.

There is no cost to attend the business meeting, the educational program, or the reception. Registration is requested. To register online, visit For more information, contact Anna Heinl at or (248) 358-4400.