Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section

Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section

Art and Activism: Working Along the Lines of Activism and Artistic Expression, a 3-part series

Thursday, September 26
6:00 PM 

This three-part series in collaboration with the NY State Bar Association EASL Section will explore the world of activist art from artistic, legal, and social perspectives. Tonight, we begin with Activist Art: An Artist’s Perspective. The discussion will consider the level of vulnerability required to make art in pursuit of social change, the personal motivations for such a practice and address the legal concerns for artists contemplating artistic activism. Speakers will include Ming Smith, Adrienne Fields, and Zoe Buckman, and Halima Taha as moderator.  

Part II on institutional considerations and Part III on digital issues will be held on November 15 and January 15.

All events are free and open to the public, however an RSVP is required at nationalartsclub.eventbrite.com.

This event is a designated Multiple Perspectives: Women in the Arts event.

The National Arts Club is thrilled to launch our 2019-20 season with "Multiple Perspectives: Women in the Arts,” a three-month festival (September - November 2019) exploring women creators, leaders, and innovators. The festival features over 50 performances, readings, presentations, and exhibitions focused on the arts, past, present, and future. “Since its founding in 1898, women have been welcomed as full members of our Club. ‘Multiple Perspectives’ is an opportunity for the Club to build on this commitment while fulfilling our mission to promote the arts,” said Linda Zagaria, Club President.

Music Business and Law Conference 

New York Law School | 185 West Broadway | New York, NY 10013

Cost to Attend:
EASL Section Members: EASLY BIRD SPECIAL: $219 for EASL Members |  $249 after the early bird special (that ends on 9/30

NYSBA Members: $289 (Join EASL Today for only $35 and save $40 on your registration) 
Non-NYSBA Members: $339 | Law Students: $149 | Accountants receiving CPE Credits: $299 

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MBLC 2019 


This year’s Music Business and Law Conference features a variety of speakers from law, finance, and business, with panels focusing on global perspectives, building brands, income streams, tax, and practical concerns for the music artist advisor. 

Panels and Program

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.        Registration and Breakfast

8:45 a.m. -9:00 a.m.         Opening Remarks / Overview of the Day

9:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.      1.  THE BASICS:  ARTIST REVENUE STREAMS
Jared Liebowitz, Esq., General Counsel Vydia, Inc.
Tim Dadson, Esq., Deputy General Counsel, SoundExchange
Jason Berger, Esq., Partner, Margolis Edelstein
Erika Stallings, Esq., BMI
Michael Simon, Esq., President, Rumblefish

10:40 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.   2A.  COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION CHALLENGES

                                        2B. BLANKET LICENSING / EU DIRECTIVE – US AND INTERNATIONAL
Marc Jacobson, Esq., Marc Jacobson, P.C. 
Ellis S. Rich, OBE, Hon. DMus, CEO Supreme Songs Ltd., fmr. Chairman PRS/MCPS
Ann Sweeney, Esq., SVP International/Global Policy, BMI

Regan A. Smith, Esq. General Counsel, Assoc. Reg. of Copyrights, US Copyright Office
Danielle Aguirre, Esq., EVP and General Counsel, NMPA
Charles J. Sanders, Esq., Counsel to Songwriters Guild of America

Austin Jacobs, CPA, Prager Metis CPAs – London
Barry Massarsky, Massarsky Consulting
Lisa K. Alter, Esq., Alter, Kendrick, Baron

12:50 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.     LUNCH / KEYNOTE

-Monte Lipman, Co-Founder and CEO of Republic Records
-Avery Lipman, Co-Founder and President of Republic Records
-Steve Gawley, Esq., EVP Bus/Legal, Universal Music Group, East Coast Labels
-Daniel Getz, Esq., SVP Bus/Legal, Universal Music Group, Republic Records
Moderated byLarry S. Miller, Clinical Assoc. Prof. /Director, Music Business Program, NYU Steinhardt

Dell Furano, President, Epic Rights – Los Angeles
Tahir Basheer, Esq., Sheridan’s – London
Jed Ferdinand, Esq.,– New York
Lewis Stark, CPA – Prager Metis CPAs – New York

                                         5B. DIVERSITY FOCUS:  DISRUPTING BIAS
Cheryl L. Davis, Esq. General Counsel, Authors Guild
- Jill Pilgrim, Esq., Pilgrim & Associates Law Offices
Deborah Robinson, Esq., Viacom, Inc.
 - Joshua Zuckerberg, Esq., Pryor Cashman

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.        6.  LITIGATION UPDATE ON THE MUSIC FRONT
Robert W. Clarida, Esq., Reitler, Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC
Sandra A. Crawshaw-Sparks, Esq., Partner, Proskauer Rose
Daniel J. Aaron, Esq., Daniel J. Aaron, P.C.
-Cynthia S. Arato, Esq., Partner, Shapiro Arato Bach LLP
Richard S. Mandel, Esq., Partner, Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman

Questions? Contact Kristina Maldonado @ kmaldonado@nysba.org

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Discounts and Scholarships: New York State Bar Association members and non-members may apply for a discount or scholarship to attend this program, based on financial hardship. This discount applies to the educational portion of the program only. Under that policy, any member of our Association or non-member who has a genuine basis of his/her hardship, if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. To apply for a discount or scholarship, please send your request in writing to Kristina Maldonado at: New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or kmaldonado@nysba.org.

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities: NYSBA welcomes participation by individuals with disabilities. NYSBA is committed to complying with all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of its goods, services, programs, activities, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations. To request auxiliary aids or services or if you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact Kristina Maldonado at (518) 487.5588 or kmaldonado@nysba.org.

January 28: EASL Section Annual Meeting Program

The NYSBA Annual Meeting will be held January 27-31, 2020

EASL Annual Meeting Program
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas, NYC 

More details to follow in the coming months.  

Purchase the entire program or just the panels you are interested in! 


(if you are interested in just certain panels click on the panel title above) 

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Select your recorded programs by format ( online video/audio streamingDVD/CD) and place them in your shopping cart.  The more products/credits you place in your shopping cart, the bigger the discount: 4 credits or more earns you 10% off of your shopping cart total; 8 or more credits earn 20% off; 10 or more 30% and 12 or more a maximum of 40% in savings.  


This program features 11 different panels featuring a variety of speakers from law, finance, business, and technology, with several panels focusing on global perspectives of representation, tax, and practical concerns for music artists and businesses alike. 

Topics include: 

  • Music Publishing and Digital Media 
  • Music Business Basics – Publishing / Recording / Sampling 
  • You Don't Know What You've Got Till It's Gone – The Implications of Bankruptcy
  • Licensing Music for Broadway
  • International Focus - Global Database Efforts
  • Taking the Band on the Road – Tour Accounting
  • Ethics and Everyday Practice
  • Trends in Branding and Merchandising
  • It’s Still About the Money – Royalty and Licensing Audits
  • Copyright Law and Litigation – Annual Review 

Full Program Description  


Bundle and SAVE: EXCLUSIVE Member Benefit - Bundling/Discount for Recorded Products 
Bundle your recorded CLE program purchases and save up to 40% off of your cart total! Here’s how it works: 

Select your recorded programs by format ( online video/audio streamingDVD/CD) and place them in your shopping cart.  The more products/credits you place in your shopping cart, the bigger the discount: 4 credits or more earns you 10% off of your shopping cart total; 8 or more credits earn 20% off; 10 or more 30% and 12 or more a maximum of 40% in savings.  


Were you unable to make it EASL’s Annual Meeting Program? Purchase the recording and receive 4.0 credits in Professional Practice (Non-Transitional) 

The program included two panels:

First Annual Television General Counsel Roundtable (2.0 credits in Areas of Professional Practice)

The Television and Radio Committee (“TVR”) of the New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section (“EASL”), is pleased to present its inaugural annual Television General Counsel Roundtable, part of a slate of innovative programs planned by the TVR for 2017. 

To help kick-off what will be a rare colloquy among the top U.S. cable television attorneys, Moderator Eriq Gardner, Senior Editor of the Hollywood Reporter, has selected some of the most significant entertainment law cases of 2016, in order to spark a lively discussion concerning the most pressing legal and business issues confronting media and entertainment lawyers (and their clients) today, including the free-speech rights of filmmakers who transform real-life stories into theatrical films; the current battle over reshaping access to television programming via so-called over-the-top television and set-top boxes; related FCC action regarding net neutrality and the promotion of independent programming; and, the copyright implications of pre-1972 sound recordings used by television and radio today. Insights provided by the moderator and panelists on these and other issues will help illuminate current media and entertainment business practices, trends, challenges and opportunities.

Moderator: Eriq Gardner, Senior Editor, The Hollywood Reporter

Nadja Webb Cogsville, Esq.
, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, VH1, LOGO, BET, CENTRIC, Music Strategy
Michael Fricklas, Esq., Executive Vice president, General Counsel and Secretary, Viacom Networks
Cynthia Gibson, Esq., Executive President and Chief Legal Office, Scripps Networks Interactive
Jon Lutzky, Esq., General Counsel, Vice Media
Jeffrey Schneider, Esq., Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, National Geographic Partners

Crisis Management For Celebrities (2.0 credits in Areas of Professional Practice)

What may be a crisis for one celebrity may not be one for another, but there are certain events that would universally be viewed as a crisis for most individuals in the public eye. From high visibility criminal proceedings to significant civil actions and accusations in the media, this panel will explore crisis management from the perspective of the criminal defense attorney, the civil litigator, the transactional attorney, the manager and the publicist. Each has a unique and integral role in guiding the celebrity through troubled waters in a stress filled time.

Moderator: Brian D. Caplan, Esq., Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC, New York City

Susan Arons, Rubenstein Communications, New York City
Benjamin Brafman, Esq., Brafman & Associates, PC, New York City
Paul Rosenberg, Goliath Artists, New York City
Theodor K. Sedlmayr, II, Esq., Sedlmayr & Associates, PC, New York City 


Entertainment, Arts  and Sports Law  Section Blog

The Blog Provides a Forum and News Source on Issues of Interest The blog acts as a new informational resource on topics of interest, including the latest Section programs and Initiatives, as well as provides a forum for debate and discussion to anyone in the world with access to the Internet. It is available through the New York State Bar Association Web site at http://nysbar.com/blogs/EASL

To submit a Blog entry, email Elissa D. Hecker at eheckeresq@eheckeresq.com


Diverse opinions contribute to the vitality of the law, and for every topic there are many issues to be addressed. TheEntertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal is a forum for ideas and a repository for legal analyses and theories. The EASL Journal presents topics that EASL attorneys address on a daily basis, and provides comprehensive overviews of both large issues that affect a majority of the EASL Section membership and analyses of more specific issues that affect only a few. In addition to contributions from practicing attorneys, the EASL Journal accepts articles from laypersons involved with issues that affect many in the EASL fields. The EASL Journal is published three times a year by the Entertainment, Art and Sports Law Section and distributed to Section members free of charge.

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