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James Ginsburg founded Cedille Records in 1989 while a law student at the University of Chicago. At the end of 1993, he founded The Chicago Classical Recording Foundation, the not-for-profit organization that now owns and operates Cedille. The creation of the foundation allowed Cedille Records to greatly expand the scope of its recording activity to include all genres of classical music while continuing and codifying its mission of promoting the work of Chicago’s finest classical musicians. Mr. Ginsburg previously worked for Nonesuch Records in New York and reviewed numerous recordings for the American Record Guide. He personally directs Cedille Records’ recording sessions, working closely with artists and engineers to maintain the label’s outstanding reputation for musical and sonic excellence. Mr. Ginsburg has produced over 100 recordings for Cedille and other labels. In 2009, the Chicago Tribune named Mr. Ginsburg a “Chicagoan of the Year” in the Arts.
Thomas Leavens is a partner in Leavens, Strand, Glover & Adler, LLC. Previously, Mr. Leavens served as General Counsel for LRSmedia, LLC; as General Counsel for MusicNow LLC; and as General Counsel and Senior Executive Vice President of Platinum Entertainment, Inc. His projects included the PBS television series LEGENDS OF JAZZ with Ramsey Lewis and the 16-disc House of Blues Essential Blues recordings collection. Mr. Leavens is also an Associate with The Henry Lydiate Partnership in London, the premiere arts consultancy in the United Kingdom; a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences; and a member of the Authors Guild. Moreover, he earned the first Thomas R. Leavens Award, presented by Lawyers For The Creative Arts, for contributions to law and the arts in Chicago. A graduate of Wayne State University Law School, Mr. Leavens offers his insights as an expert witness in litigation involving the music industry.