November 1, 2019: State Bar Association Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section Annual Music Business and Law Conference Friday, Nov. 15 to Feature Top Business and Legal Executives

One-day Event Offers 6 MCLE Credits for Attorneys, 7.0 CPE Credits for Accountants

The Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law (EASL) Section of the New York State Bar Association will feature top executives from Universal and Republic Records at its Annual Music Business and Law Conference in New York City on Friday, November 15.

The conference will be held at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013. The full-day event offers 6 MCLE credits for attorneys and 7.0 CPE credits for accountants.

A keynote panel to be moderated by New York University Steinhardt Clinical Associate Professor and Director, Music Business Program Larry S. Miller will include:

  • Monte Lipman, co-founder and CEO of Republic Records
  • Avery Lipman, co-founder and president of Republic Records
  • Steve Gawley, Esq., EVP business and legal, Universal Music Group, East Coast Labels
  • Daniel Getz, Esq., SVP business and legal, Universal Music Group, Republic Records

The Music Business and Law Conference features a variety of speakers from law, finance, government and business, with panels focusing on global perspectives in blanket licensing, artist income streams, financial issues with band merchandise, copyright registration challenges, the newly passed Music Modernization Act, diversity and implicit bias, trends in music publishing, catalog acquisitions and the yearly litigation update. 

Industry leaders will be discussing, disputing and providing education on the many legal, business and financial topics affecting the music industry during the course of the day-long conference. Participants include the general counsel, associate register of copyrights from the U.S. Copyright Office, the executive vice president and general counsel of the National Music Publishers’ Association and senior executives from SoundExchange, BMI, Rumblefish, Viacom, Vydia, as well as members of preeminent law and accounting firms. 

The annual conference is an excellent opportunity for attorneys, accountants, artists, and other music industry professionals to catch up on the complex business, technological and legal issues swirling around the industry. In this era of digital rights, rapidly exploding technology, and upheaval impacting the music industry’s business models, staying current with new legal developments has never been more critical for attorneys serving the entertainment business.

Attorneys attending the program will receive 6.0 New York State MCLE (Mandatory Continuing Legal Education) credits and accountants will receive 7.0 Certified Public Accountant credits, which may also be accepted in other jurisdictions. A light breakfast and luncheon will be provided.

The current conference panels and speakers are as follows:

THE BASICS: ARTIST REVENUE STREAMS
Jason Berger, Esq., partner, Margolis Edelstein
Tim Dadson, Esq., deputy general counsel, SoundExchange
Jared Leibowitz, Esq., general counsel, Vydia, Inc. 
Liz Norris, partner, Activist Artists Management 
Michael Simon, Esq., president, Rumblefish 
Erika Stallings, Esq., attorney, BMI

COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION CHALLENGES
- Sy Damle, Esq., partner, Latham & Watkins LLP 
- Joyce S. Dollinger, Esq., counsel, Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP
- Robert J. Kasunic, Esq., associate register of copyrights, director of registration policy and practice, U.S. Copyright Office

RUMBLE IN THE EU JUNGLE – EU DIRECTIVES, BREXIT, THE MMA, AND COMPETITION – WHY THIS ALL MATTERS TO U.S. PUBLISHERS AND SONGWRITERS
- Tom Frederikse, Esq., partner, Clintons UK 
Marc Jacobson, Esq., founder, Marc Jacobson, P.C. 
Ellis S. Rich, OBE, Hon. DMus, CEO, Supreme Songs Ltd. and former chairman of PRS/MCPS
Ann Sweeney, Esq., SVP international/Global Policy, BMI
- Alisa Coleman, COO, ABKCO

MUSIC MODERNIZATION ACT – PRACTICAL EFFECTS
Danielle Aguirre, Esq., EVP and general counsel, National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA)
Neeta Ragoowansi, SVP, business development & legal affairs/co-founder, NPREX (National Performing Rights Exchange)
Charles J. Sanders, Esq., counsel to Songwriters Guild of America 
Regan A. Smith, Esq. general counsel, associate register of copyrights, U.S. Copyright Office

THE 2019 GOLD RUSH IS IN MUSIC CATALOGS: THE OUTLOOK FOR MUSIC ASSET TRANSACTION AND STRATEGIES IN MITIGATING RISK
Lisa A. Alter, Esq., partner, Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP 
- Neil Gillis, president, Round Hill Music 
- Christopher Hull, CPA, partner, Prager Metis CPAs
Austin Jacobs, CPA, partner, Prager Metis CPAs – London
Nari Matsuura, partner, Massarsky Consulting

KEY FINANCIAL BUILDING BLOCKS FOR BAND MERCH
Tahir Basheer, Esq., partner, Sheridans 
Jed Ferdinand, Esq., senior managing partner, Ferdinand IP Law Group
Dell Furano, president, Epic Rights 
Lewis Stark, CPA, partner, Prager Metis CPAs

DIVERSITY FOCUS:  DISRUPTING IMPLICIT BIAS
Cheryl L. Davis, Esq., general counsel, Authors Guild
- Michelle Kim, Esq., Google
- Jill Pilgrim, Esq., founder, Pilgrim & Associates Law Offices
Deborah Robinson, Esq., vice president, anti-piracy, Viacom, Inc.
- Joshua Zuckerberg, Esq., partner, Pryor Cashman

LITIGATION UPDATE ON THE MUSIC FRONT
Daniel J. Aaron, Esq., founder, Daniel J. Aaron, P.C.
Cynthia S. Arato, Esq., partner, Shapiro Arato Bach LLP 
Robert W. Clarida, Esq., member and partner, Reitler, Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC
Sandra A. Crawshaw-Sparks, Esq., partner, Proskauer Rose LLP
Richard S. Mandel, Esq., partner, Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.

For registration information and to see the full seminar schedule, please visit: http://www.nysba.org/store/events/registration.aspx?event=EASLMJ19 

To learn more on NYSBA membership and the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section email [email protected] or please visit www.nysba.org/easl .

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About the New York State Bar Association
The New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Since 1876, NYSBA has helped shape the development of law, educated and informed the legal profession and the public, and championed the rights of New Yorkers through advocacy and guidance in our communities.

About EASL
The New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section welcomes section members and visitors. The EASL Section's more than 1,300 members represent varied interests, including some of the sexiest issues grabbing headlines, being debated in Congress and being heard by the courts. The EASL Section’s Journal provides substantive case law, and its online site provides forums for discussion and debate and information-sharing in the EASL e-community. 

The section has a large, active and diverse membership, with lawyers occupying every corner of the entertainment, art and sports law fields, at every level, from law students and first-year attorneys to senior partners at leading national and international firms and senior legal and business affairs executives at multinational media corporations. While the majority of members are located in New York City and around the state, the section also has members in 28 other states and 20 countries, notably in Canada, Mexico, China, most European countries and the UK, Japan, Korea and throughout the Pacific Rim. 

The section is comprised of 28 committees, chaired by the members of the executive committee—all leading entertainment, art and sports law practitioners—and each committee hosts frequent, outstanding, and frequently oversubscribed CLE programs.  

Contact: Dan Weiller 
[email protected]
518-487-5500