Director, Music Industry Program
Armand Petri has over 25 years of experience in the music industry, encompassing fields
of artist management, record and video production, and live sound. Working with artists
such as the Goo Goo Dolls, 10,000 Maniacs, and Sixpence None the Richer, Petri's accolades
include several gold and platinum records, a Dove Award, and song placement in television
Deciding upon education as a new vocation, Petri received an M.A. in Arts Management
from the University at Buffalo. Petri has designed a unique program for SUNY Fredonia
that gives students the opportunity to learn about the industry both in the classroom
and outside academia through internships. Petri combines his passion for the music
industry with his desire to educate, leading students into the future of the music
Attorney; Cohen and Lombardo of Buffalo, NY. ,
A Partner in the Buffalo, New York, law firm of Cohen & Lombardo, P.C. Mr. Shapiro
is an award winning songwriter who has been a professional musician and performer
since he was 13 years old.
He has appeared at venues across the country and abroad, opening for such acts as
Paul Anka, Josh White, Michael Martin Murphy, The Buddy Rich Big Band, J. Giles, and
John Couger Melloncamp.
As an Attorney, he specializes in trial work and litigation, including business and
Commercial Litigation, as well as personal injury matters. He heads the firm's Intellectual
Property department, practicing in the areas of Copyright, Trademark, and Entertainment
Law. In 2012 he was named in the top 5% Attorneys in NYS by the New York Times.
Mr. Shapiro represents numerous songwriters, performers, authors, recording studios,
record companies, and film companies, as well as producers, photographers, and graphic
artists. He is regularly engaged as a featured speaker, educating other Attorneys
on Intellectual Property and Litigation Issues.