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CEDIA Names Recording
Academy Exec as New
President & CEO
Daryl Friedman takes over for interim co-CEOs Giles Sutton &
Kory Dickerson after long, varied tenure at association known
for GRAMMY Awards. By Jason Knott
CULMINATING a year-long
search process, CEDIA has
named Daryl Friedman as
its new global president and
CEO. He assumed the role
on November 29, 2021.
Friedman is no stranger
to CEDIA or the custom
installation market. He has
spent more than 30 years in
nonprofit leadership roles,
having overseen membership,
advocacy, industry
relations, and the technical
wing for the 25,000-member
Recording Academy. The
Academy, known globally
for the GRAMMY Awards, is
the association representing
technical and creative
professionals in music.
Among his many achievements
at the Recording
Academy was the endorsement
of CEDIA's High
Resolution Audio Training
Program for Home Technology
Professionals seven years
ago. Friedman's interest in
technology was reinforced
by his close work with the
Academy's Producers and
Engineers Wing. A key advisor
to the Wing's leadership
of technologists and manu10
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facturers, he visited studios
across the country and spoke
frequently about the need to
protect the rights of those
who use their technological
skills to improve people's
lives. Friedman and the Wing
also led the effort to pass
the Allocation for Music
Producers (AMP) Act, federal
legislation that protects the
livelihood of the technical
wing's members.
Friedman has successfully
advocated for legislation
providing assistance to the
recording community during
the COVID-19 pandemic
and protecting the rights
of creators in the streaming
era, earning the title of
" the music creators' man in
Washington " from Billboard.
He also conceived and
grew GRAMMYs on the Hill,
an annual advocacy program
attended by both congressional
and music industry
leaders. He has worked to
grow and modernize the
Academy's membership,
leading initiatives to update
recruitment practices to reflect
the industry's diversity.
" I wanted to make the
Recording Academy much
more than just a once-a-year
awards show, " he tells CE Pro.
" Having represented audio
professionals for most of
my career, I've long admired
CEDIA for championing
immersive audio experiences
in the home. Now, as our
homes become the hub for
work, education, entertainment,
and wellness, CEDIA
members are the indispensable
partners for making our
homes more comfortable
and connected. This is truly
CEDIA's moment, and I am
honored to join the team at
this exciting time. "
Friedman's selection
concludes a lengthy and
deliberate search led by
Vetted Solutions. The
process entailed multiple
rounds of interviews and
exercises, including one final
meeting where the candidate
questioned the search
committee, asking candid
questions about the role and
expectations. The president
and CEO role has been filled
for the past year jointly by
Giles Sutton and Kory Dickerson
since the departure
Among his efforts, Daryl
Friedman worked closely
with the Academy's
Producers and Engineers
Wing and played a key
advocacy role at the
association.
of Tabatha O'Connor was
announced in October 2020.
Friedman currently resides
in the Washington, D.C. area
and plans to initially split
his time between home and
Fishers, Ind., the location of
CEDIA's headquarters.
" I love technology, " Friedman
tells CE Pro. " Now that
I am leaving the Recording
Academy, I can make it
known that technology is
my favorite part of the audio
industry, so that makes this
migration to CEDIA ideal. "
Friedman says he has
always been immersed in the
audio business and he realizes
that CEDIA goes well
beyond just audio. Among
his goals for the association
is to make CEDIA a household
name.
" My wife did a Google
search for installing home
technology and CEDIA never
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