Topic 1: Case Developments Impacting the Music Industry
Moderator: Paul Licalsi, Esq., Robins Kaplan, LLP
Speakers: Cynthia S. Arato, Esq., Shapiro Arato, LLP, Ross Bagley, Esq., Pryor Cashman LLP, Brian D. Caplan, Esq., Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC
Topic 2: International Digital Licensing and Copyright Reform
Digital media companies and their lawyers face an array of complex licensing regimes when they expand into international markets. This panel took a practical focus on commercial and legal issues in the international markets ranging from collection societies and rights to emerging legal developments and deals.
Moderator: Jeff Liebenson, Esq., Liebenson Law and President of International Association of Entertainment Lawyers
Speakers: Alexander Ross, Esq., Wiggin LLP (London), Joe Conyers III, General Manager, Songtrust, Adam Parness, Head of Publisher Licensing & Relations, Pandora
Topic 3: No Direction Home: Tax and Legal Planning for Multi National Groups
Hit songs and the successful bands that record them are not limited to one territory. We now have band members spread over three or four territories, which requires careful coordination of legal and accounting matters. This session traced the legal and accounting issues of a fictional group, its members and corporate entities, from recording to touring, addressing along the way: tax residence, international tax structures, estate taxes without borders, contract jurisdiction shopping and impact of income streams, expansion overseas by US entities, treaty protection and domestic law in a changing environment, royalty remittances, and trademark issues (i.e., Rhianna and Ukulele Orchestra cases).
Moderator: Eric Longley, Chartered Accountant, Prager Metis (UK)
Speakers: Hal Peterson, Prager Metis, Robyn Guilliams, Esq., Goldstein & Guilliams, PLC
Topic 4: Anatomy of a Music Festival
The popularity of music festivals is becoming a dominating force the music industry. Live musical performances are revenue earners for festival owners, promoters and artists alike. For those in attendance, music festivals provide an atmosphere fostering creativity, unity and self-expression, and are also crazy fun. Before the first set starts, there is extensive planning, administration, and organized execution that goes into putting on your favorite music festival. This panel deconstructed the components of a music festival and took a look into the business and legalities involved in such a venture. Discussions included: talent buying and programming; safety and insurance; financial planning and concerns; intellectual property implications; and agreements with talent, staff and sponsors.
Moderator: Joyce Dollinger, Esq., Dollinger, Gonski and Grossman
Speakers: Peter Tempkins, HUB International (Insurance Brokers), Peter Shapiro, Promoter (Brooklyn Bowl Founder, et al.), Janine Small, Esq., Janine Small, PLLC, Nicholas Judd, Judd Financial
Topic 5: Planning for Celebrities and Beyond
The recent and tragic passing of Prince has caused renewed focus on the risks of poor planning, or even worse, no planning at all. This panel of experts presented a case study to explore the legal, tax and practical business considerations that should be addressed before this thing called Life comes to an end.
Speakers: Gabe M. Wolosky, CPA, Prager Metis CPAs, LLC, Linda J. Wank, Esq., Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC, Justin Buencamino, (Valuation Expert) Prager Metis CPAs, LLC, Jonas E. Herbsman, Esq., Shukat Arrow Hafer Weber & Herbsman, LLP
NO CLE PROVIDED Keynote: Richard Gottehrer (The Orchard) to be interviewed by Jem Aswad (Billboard) Perspectives: The Music Industry – Where it’s Been and Where it’s Headed
If anyone can provide a broad perspective on the music industry, it’s Richard Gottehrer, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Orchard. In 1997, The Orchard was founded to provide independent artists with the ability to sell their music to mainstream audiences.