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Thomas Kennedy

Transition 2020: Passing the Baton

By ASMP Transition 2020, Strictly Business Blog5 Comments

Dear Members, For the past five and half years, it has been a privilege to serve you as Executive Director of ASMP, a position I could never have envisioned having when I was initially accepted as a professional member in 1978.   In many respects, it has enabled me to give back to the profession that has been my life’s work.  While the bulk of my earlier career was spent inside mainstream media organizations of…

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A Shaking of the Foundations: America’s Time of Reckoning

By Diversity in Photography, Strictly Business Blog, Town Hall, WebinarsNo Comments
On Friday, May 29, at the beginning of ASMP’s Friday Town Hall webinar, Executive Director Tom Kennedy called for a moment of silence in light of events that continue to rock the nation.  We’re sharing that clip here along with further thoughts from Tom. Last week, America saw two terrible events come together to reveal the fault lines that exist in the bedrock of our society. We passed the grim milestone of 100,000 lives lost...
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Chairman Nadler Gives Boost to Ensure Federal Stimulus Programs Protect Microbusinesses and Self-Employed Individuals

By Advocacy, COVID-19No Comments

Over the past few weeks, ASMP, and other similarly situated organizations, have urged members of Congress to take steps to ensure that microbusinesses of 10 or less employees –a category that fits most ASMP members–are treated more fairly under the SBA’s PPP and EIDL programs. Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee gave such efforts a boost last week when he submitted a statement for the record to the Small Business…

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ASMP Advocacy: Requesting Additional COVID-19 Economic Relief for Freelancers and Small Business Owners

By Advocacy, COVID-19, Strictly Business BlogNo Comments

As soon as  the president signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), ASMP began to organize a series of webinars and town hall meetings to provide information that would enable our members  to understand the provisions of the bill and how they may pursue benefits under the new law.  For the foreseeable future, we will continue to hold webinars every Wednesday with experts discussing issues of importance to our members.  Our past…

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ASMP Responds to Impacts of the Coronavirus

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Given the dramatic increase in coronavirus cases in the United States in the past week, we are already hearing from event photographers  and others in our ranks about significant rises in the cancellation of assignments or postponements by clients. To assist members during this time of uncertainty and some fear, ASMP is focused on publishing information about the coronavirus pandemic grounded in facts, while also upholding our responsibility to be a steadfast advocate for our…

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2020 – A Time for ASMP Transition

By 75th Anniversary, Message from Executive Director, Strictly Business BlogNo Comments

ASMP Members, Colleagues, and the Entire Visual Creator Community, I joined ASMP 41 years ago in 1979 when I was early in my career, co-sponsored by two fellow Florida members who were my mentors at that time. Part of my decision to join was based on the way I saw ASMP support fellow photographers and enhance their careers. Fast forward to a point in late 2014, some 35 years later, and I was given the…

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Building Stronger Communities This Thanksgiving

By Message from Executive Director, Strictly Business BlogNo Comments

As we move into the period of another ending year, major holidays loom. One is Thanksgiving, a time when we gather with family and friends to share and give thanks for the abundance in our lives.  While the origin of the holiday may belie the harsher realities present in the national experience from even before our nation’s formal founding, it also reflects some of our deepest aspirations for summoning up the “better angels of our…

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ASMP Files Response to USCO NOI on Behalf of Members and Other Visual Artists

By Advocacy, Small Claims ReportNo Comments

In the past few months, our advocacy counsel Mike Klipper and I have been working to advance ASMP’s priorities for 2019, before Congress and the U.S. Copyright Office (USCO). We met in December with representatives of other groups championing the interests of visual artists to plan our strategy for 2019. For example, along with those visual artists groups, we met with Karyn Temple Claggett, the Acting Register of the U.S. Copyright Office, members of her…

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Happy New Year from ASMP

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Happy New Year to all of you and I hope you have enjoyed a restful, joyous holiday season.  I start 2019 grateful for your support of ASMP and eager to continue to move forward together. The New Year’s period has always been for me a time for reflection and the setting of new compass points to guide my life journey.   As 2018 makes way for this new year, I have been thinking about the impact…

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Executive Director Update on ASMP Legislative Agenda for 2019

By Advocacy, Copyright Reform, Small Claims ReportNo Comments

Over the past week, our Copyright Counsel Mike Klipper and I have been busy in Washington D.C. laying the groundwork for our federal legislative agenda in 2019. This week’s activities followed closely on the heels of a very successful hearing on September 27, 2018, on the CASE Act before the House Judiciary Committee; the hearing described in Jenna Close’s recent article, Advocacy is a Verb: My Testimony on the Hill. At the hearing, Jenna joined…

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