EASL'S ANNUAL MUSIC BUSINESS AND LAW CONFERENCE
Friday, November 18, 2016
8:00 AM-8:45 AM - Registration
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM - Program
NEW LOCATION: New York Law School | Rooms W400 and W401 | 185 West Broadway | New York, NY 10013
EASL Section Members: $249
NYSBA Members: $289 (Join EASL Today for only $35 and save $35 on your registration)
Non-NYSBA Members: $329 | Law Students: $149
Accountants receiving CPE Credits: $299
The Music Business and Law Conference will feature 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.
PANEL TOPICS AND SPEAKERS:
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Case Developments Impacting the Music Industry
- Paul LiCalsi, Esq., Robins Kaplan, LLP (Moderator)
- Cynthia S. Arato, Esq.,Shapiro Arato, LLP
- Ross Bagley, Esq., Pryor Cashman
- Brian D. Caplan, Esq., Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC
10:10 a.m.-11:10 a.m. (choose one)
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 will take a practical focus on commercial and legal issues in the international markets ranging from collection societies and rights to emerging legal developments and deals.
The International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL) is pleased to present this panel in conjunction with EASL.
- Jeff Liebenson, Esq., Liebenson Law and President of International Association of Entertainment Lawyers
- Alexander Ross, Esq., Wiggin LLP (London)
- Joe Conyers III, General Manager, Songtrust
- Adam Parness, Head of Publisher Licensing & Relations, Pandora
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 traces 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).
- Eric Longley, Chartered Accountant, Prager Metis (UK) (Moderator)
- Hal Peterson, Prager Metis
- Robyn Guilliams, Esq., Goldstein & Guilliams, PLC
11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. (choose one)
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 will deconstruct the components of a music festival and take a look into the business and legalities involved in such a venture. Discussions will include: talent buying and programming; safety and insurance; financial planning and concerns; intellectual property implications; and agreements with talent, staff and sponsors.
- Joyce Dollinger, Esq. Dollinger, Gonski and Grossman (Moderator)
- Peter Tempkins, HUB International (Insurance Brokers)
- Peter Shapiro, Promoter and Club
Owner (Lockn' Music Festival, Brooklyn Bowl Founder, Capitol Theater)
- Janine Small, Esq., Janine Small, PLLC
- Nicholas Judd, Judd Financial
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 will present 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.
- 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
12:50 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Luncheon: 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. Now, as an independent subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment,
The Orchard excels at that mission with its total music solution for
artists, including digital and physical distribution, song placement, and
rights management. Ever moving forward, The Orchard goes beyond the music
providing content strategy on a global scale not only for music artists
but filmmakers as well. Gottehrer’s roots in music track back to the
Brill Building where he was a songwriter and contributor to pop hits, “My
Boyfriend’s Back” and “I Want Candy.” He went on to produce
well-known music acts Blondie and The Go-Go’s, among others, and continues to
produce through The Orchard’s premier label, Blue Horizon. Interviewing
Richard Gottehrer is Jem Aswad, senior editor at Billboard.
With an early background in A&R, Aswad was well-suited for a career in
music journalism. He’s written for New York magazine, Entertainment
Weekly, the Village Voice, Esquire and other publications, and has held
editorial posts at MTV News, Time Out New York, and SPIN. With both
interviewer and subject so richly steeped in the music industry, this
program segment is sure to be engaging and enlightening.
1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. (choose one)
Termination Rights and Related Issues
So now you have your rights back, what do you do with them?
- Lisa A. Alter, Esq., Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP
- Robert H. Bienstock, Esq., Carlin America
- C. Katherine Baron, Esq., Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP
ReMixed and Mashed Up - Clearance and Royalty Streams
Advancements in recording technology and the increased popularity of dance and house music have catapulted DJs to the forefront of the music scene. Remix and mashup versions of popular songs by well-known DJs are often listened to as much as or more than the original song. For artists seeking to earn money from remixes and mashups, however, proper clearance and licensing is necessary to avoid copyright infringement for these derivative works. This panel will explore the types of licensing agreements available to artists seeking to monetize remixes and mashups and ways to go about ensuring proper clearance is in place to avoid infringement.
- David Jacob, Esq., Glassnote Publishing
- Bob Barbiere, Dubset Media Holdings
2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. (choose one)
You’ve read the headlines. You’ve heard the news reports. Think it can’t happen to you? Think again!
This CLE will present an overview of the current state of cyber security
law and the additional obligations imposed upon attorneys in New York by the Rules
of Professional Responsibility. Join us
for a discussion of discuss issues relating to the protection of confidential
information by attorneys and their clients as well as planning for, mandatory
and recommended actions after, and potential liability and consequences
following a data breach.
- Donna Frosco, Esq., Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller, LLP
Trends and the Outlook for Music Publishing and Master Catalog Transactions
As streaming services gain traction and emerging technologies come into focus, many music industry professionals see both opportunity and cause for concern over the potential for future growth. This panel of industry experts will discuss recent trends in catalog transactions as well as factors impacting the market for music publishing and master recording catalogs and what attorneys and valuation experts are recommending to their clients.
- Doug Colton, Esq., Colton Law Firm, LLC (Moderator)
- Nari Matsuura, Partner, Massarsky Consulting Inc.
- Andrew Bergman, Esq., CEO & General Counsel,Downtown Music Publishing
- Patrick Moxey, Founder and President, Ultra Records
4:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.
DOJ Decision and PROs
The DOJ recently interpreted the consent decrees governing ASCAP and BMI to require them to abandon decades of industry practice with respect to fractional licensing of songs, and require that each PRO license 100% songs only. This panel will discuss the effect of that decision on the industry, what it means for songwriters publishers, the PROs themselves, as well as licensees.
- Marc Jacobson, Esq., Marc Jacobson, P.C. (Moderator)
- Monica Corton, Next Decade Entertainment, Inc.
- Paul M. Fakler, Esq., Arent Fox
- Clara Kim, Esq., ASCAP
- Full Day Continuing Education Program with up to 6.0 MCLE Credits / 7.0 CPE Credits (this program is not transitional and therefore does not qualify for newly admitted attorneys)
- Continental Breakfast, Refreshments and Luncheon
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