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: The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network is hosting a private, closed door meeting of executives of the recording industry to discuss issues challenging the industry in the wake of controversy surrounding hip-hop and the First Amendment.

Press conference participants will announce initiatives agreed upon at the meeting.

WHO: Participating in the closed door meeting will be: Russell Simmons, Chairman of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network; Dr. Benjamin Chavis, President of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network; Lyor Cohen, Chairman and CEO of US Recorded Music, Warner Music Group; Mitch Bainwol, Chairman and CEO of the RIAA; Kevin Liles, Executive Vice President, Warner Music Group; LA Reid, Chairman Island Def Jam; Craig Kallman, Co-Chairman Atlantic Records; Jimmy Iovine, President, Interscope Records; Steve Bartels, COO and President, Def Jam Recordings; Steve Rifkind, CEO, Universal Music Group; Julie Greenwald, President, Atlantic Records; Sylvia Rhone, President, Motown Records/Executive Vice President Universal Music Group; Lisa Ellis, Executive Vice President, Sony Music; Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO, BET Networks; Peter LoFrumento, Senior Vice President, Universal Music Group and Chief of Staff for Doug Morris (representing Doug Morris); TI, Atlantic Records recording artist; Stephen Hill, Executive Vice President, BET Networks; Chris Lighty, CEO, Violator Management; Damon Dash, CEO, Damon Dash Enterprises; Steve Stoute, Creative Director and CEO, Translation Marketing; Derek Ferguson, Chief Financial Officer, Bad Boy Entertainment; Chaka Zulu, President, Disturbing Tha Peace; Jeff Dixon, Disturbing Tha Peace; Big John, EMI and Managing Director of The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, Valeisha Butterfield

WHERE: Park Central Hotel, 870 7th Avenue at 56th St. (across the street from Carnegie Hall); Manhattan Skyline room; Mezzanine Level

WHEN: Wednesday, April 18 from 2:00- 3:00 p.m. PRESS CHECK IN at 1:00 p.m.