Prof. Brad Hatfield’s graduate “Music Industry Negotiation” course was visited by Federal Mediator Joshua Flax on May 29. Mr. Flax provided a wealth of knowledge and insight into the history of the US government’s role in supplying mediation services for labor and management disputes. The music industry has many instances of labor and management conflicts and deadlocks, and the presence of a savvy mediator can often be the key to the two parties finding agreement. Mr. Flax has had key roles working with musician’s unions and orchestra management in the Boston area as well as other cities in the Northeast. He brought his unique experience and expertise to the classroom, while fielding insightful questions from the Music Industry Leadership program graduate students.