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2015 CMJ Music Marathon

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Friday, October 16, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time


Entertainment Business Law Seminar in Association with
CMJ Music Marathon

Friday, October 16, 2015 

Dream Downtown* | 355 W. 16th Street | New York City

This year’s Entertainment Business Law Seminar will focus on The Currency of Music.  New technologies always disrupt the status-quo, and while the music industry is no exception, the recent developments are truly revolutionary.  The value of music -- the cultural currency in the artist/fan relationship, the proliferation of technology-based music curators, and the dollars and cents of the music business -- is the subject of public discourse and debate, and a new kind of music business is emerging.  This year’s program is designed to bring you up to date on the latest trends and to look ahead to challenges and opportunities in the music business and the applicable law.

This program is accredited for a total of 6.0 MCLE credit hours, 5.0 in Professional Practice and 1.0 in Ethics, this program is non-transitional and does not qualify for newly admitted attorneys 

This program is sponsored they the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section. Not a member? Join today and save! 
For questions on the MCLE Seminar: Beth Gould at bgould@nysba.org 

7:30 AM: Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 AM: Panel 1: Copyright Reform:  The Politics of Music and Copyright
Music and Copyright issues are dominating the IP agenda in Washington, D.C.  Political activism in Congress, the Copyright Office, the USPTO, the Justice Department, the FCC, and even the White House, are at a fever pitch – and music issues are at the heart of it all.  In addition to the Copyright Office issuing its comprehensive report “Copyright and the Music Marketplace,” the USPTO is about to issue its music focused White Paper, the DOJ continues to examine the Consent Decrees, and Congress is gearing up, in an election year, for possible music related copyright legislation.  This panel will provide a roadmap to the issues, the parties, and the politics behind this unprecedented inside-the-beltway phenomenon.

Jay Rosenthal, Esq.,
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, LLP

Jacqueline Charlesworth, Esq.,
General Counsel & Association Register of Copyrights, the United States Copyright Office
Chris Harrison, Esq., Vice President, Music Business Affairs, SiriusXM
Lee Knife, Esq., Executive Director & General Counsel, Digital Media Association

10:10 – 11:10 AM: (Choose one of two simultaneous panels)

Panel 2a – Monetizing and Marketing Musicians Through Social Media (and avoiding missteps along the way)
Everyone seems to be talking about Pandora, Spotify, Soundcloud, Rdio, Apple Music and the rest, but artists aren’t really making money from these yet.  So how can musicians make money, other than just playing shows and collecting the door?  This panel will discuss other opportunities, including fees from MCNs (Multi-Channel Networks) on YouTube like Maker Studios, synching songs with video, films, TV, games and other digital media, and some newer opportunities to which the massive adoption of social media has given rise, both here and internationally, like karaoke apps and referral sales via Keek, SnapChat, LetsApp and others. The panelists will also discuss the benefits and pitfalls of do-it-yourself marketing to fans through social media using the music-oriented FanBridge application or more general CRM systems.  Finally, the panelists will discuss the legal landmines of social media marketing and sales.

Andrew Seiden, Esq.,
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Scott Englund,
Michael Graif, Esq., Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle
Bob Taub, MuseAmi
Steven Masur, Esq., Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams, & Sheppard LLP 

Panel 2b – The Changing Landscape of Collective Music Licensing
ASCAP and BMI the two largest U.S. performing rights organizations – are subject to antitrust consent decrees with the Department of Justice, which, among other restrictions, require license fee disputes to be determined by a designated rate court judge. The PROs and the publishers they represent argue that the consent decrees are antiquated, inefficient and have resulted in suppressed rates, particularly in the digital space.  Meanwhile, there is more and more competition in the marketplace, including from unregulated entities such as SESAC and Global Music Rights (GMR).  As a result of these developments, the DOJ opened both consent decrees for review.

This panel will examine changes and developments in collective licensing in the United States, including the potentially changing role of the PROs, the proposed changes to the consent decrees, and the evolving, diverse and competitive marketplace for music rights and what this means to artists and businesses. 

Larry Miller,
Clinical Associate Professor of Music Business, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Randy Grimmet, Esq., Global Music Rights
Wayne Josel, Esq., Senior VP of Business & Legal Affairs, ASCAP
Stuart Rosen, Esq., General Counsel, BMI
Elizabeth Moody, Pandora

11:20 – 12:20 PM: (Choose one of two simultaneous panels)

Panel 3a – Artist Branding

Beyond the Music, Who Am I? Conceptualizing the Artist as a Brand to Expand Revenue Streams:
In the ongoing challenge for artists to secure some revenue from their craft, new channels of revenue streams are being explored.  Largely through the interactive environment social media platforms have created linking artist to fans in a more personal way, the concept of the artist as a brand (and not just an aloof performer) has emerged.  This panel of industry experts will explore the benefits and disadvantages of thinking in this way. Not only will this panel explore the various legal and business-related issues that arise in connection with co-branding sponsorship and licensing scenarios, but it will examine the practicalities artists face when they begin to build their public persona as brand.  Does this truly unlock new revenue streams, or can it be creative suicide stifling the natural progression of the art?

 Chris Marino, Esq., 
Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, PC 

Eli Nathanson, Esq., 
Pryor Cashman 
Josh Zieman, Compass Music Marketing 
David Sonenberg, Esq., DAS Communications 
Jean Cook, Future of Music Coalition Panel 

Panel 3b – The Streaming Revolution
The Streaming Revolution - From the basics to trends and new developments, this panel will discuss the global streaming revolution focusing on the artist royalty controversy, disruption of current streaming models, live streaming of concerts and festivals, and negotiation of licensing issues in both US and international markets.

Jeffrey Liebenson, Esq.,
Liebenson Law, President of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers

Cliff Fluet, Esq.,
Partner, Lewis Silken (London)
Marcel Bunders, Esq.,  Partner, Hellingman Bunders Advocaten (Amsterdam)
Frank Johnson, CEO MediaNet
Allen Bargfrede, Berklee College of Music

12:20 – 1:20 PM:  Luncheon and Program – The InterviewJacqueline Charlesworth, General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights, US Copyright Office, interviewed by Glenn Peoples of Billboard Magazine


1:30 – 2:30 PM: (Choose one of two simultaneous panels)

Panel 4a – It Takes A Village To Make A Band, Best Practices For Musicians and Their Professional Advisors
This panel of music industry experts will address the life of a band -- from birth to death (and beyond) -- offering insight and advice on how best to form and maintain a team to help launch, build, and protect artists’ professional careers, intellectual property and income.  To get it right from the start, musician mindsets must change to see professional help as an investment rather than an expense, and we will explain how musicians, attorneys, accountants and managers can find each other and work collaboratively in order to minimize risks and maximize chances of success.  Among the topics to be discussed are how to:  organize and capitalize relevant business entities; reduce tax liabilities; negotiate must-have provisions in band publishing, branding, distribution and other contracts; best address trademark and copyright concerns; understand royalty statements and audits; determine valuations for dissolution and other purposes; (and most importantly) handle what can (and will) go wrong when these issues are not proactively addressed.

Christopher J. Marino, Esq.,
Giordano, Halleran, & Ciesla, PC

Andrew Krents, Esq.,
Motta & Krents
Anthony Patterson, Red Light Management
Hall Peterson, Esq, Prager Metis CPAs, LLC
Gandhar Savur, Esq., Savur Threadgold LLP

Panel 4b - International Music Licensing
Although music is a universal language, licensing music across borders requires a patient study of local custom, culture, and law.  Knowing which societies or entities control the various rights (master, publishing, and other) is essential, not always apparent, and currently in flux.  With speakers from Taiwan, London, San Francisco, and New York, this panel will introduce you to ‘how it’s done’ in various parts of the world and will address the challenges faced by music owners and users in licensing music globally.

Marc Jacobson, Esq, Marc Jacobson, P.C.

Tony Morris, Esq.,
Marriott Harrison LLP (UK)
Lisa Tiver, Samsung Music Hub
Ron Wilcox, Esq., Warner Music Group
June Zhan, Business Director, ATB International (Taiwan)

2:40 - 3:40 PM: (Choose one of two simultaneous panels)

Panel 5a – Blurred Lines or Fuzzy Math:  How Did They Come Up with $7.3 Million or was it $5.3 Million? – Damage Calculations in the Music Industry
Nothing speaks to the currency of music quite like damage calculations in litigation.  The recent Blurred Lines copyright infringement ruling which Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have vowed to appeal provides a window into how valuation experts work with legal counsel to put a number on it for their mutual clients and the perils of having such questions go to a jury for a verdict.  This expert panel of litigators, CPAs, intellectual property professionals and transactional attorneys will speak with firsthand experience of damage calculations in the Blurred Lines case and other legal actions to bring clarity to what otherwise might merely seem to be blurred lines.

Robert S. Meloni, Esq.,
Partner, Meloni & McCaffrey

Bruce Kolbrenner, CPA, Partner, Prager Metis CPAs, LLC
Doug Bania, CLP,
Principal, Nevium Intellectual Property Solutions
Matt Greenberg, Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields, LLP

Panel 5b – Ethics Update
What’s Your Ethics Quotient?  If you’re conflicted about conflicts, ruffled by referral fees, or cautious about contingency arrangements, you’re not alone.  This segment will clear up the facts concerning these and similar ethical dilemmas and steer us all in the right direction.   Our speaker, Deborah A. Scalise, Esq., represents lawyers in professional responsibility and ethics matters.  In addition to conflicts and fee arrangements, she will discuss the top five ethical situations practicing attorneys encounter and offer guidance in best practices.

Deborah Scalise, Esq.,
Scalise Hamilton & Sheridan, LLP

3:50 – 4:50 PM: Panel 6: The Currency of Music - Case Developments: Sea of Change or Shoring Up of Established Channels?

Stephen B. Rodner, Esq.,
Pryor Cashman LLP

Robert W. Clarida, Esq.,
Reitler Kailas Rosenblatt LLC
Judith Finell, Musicologist
Paul LiCalsi, Esq., Robins Kaplan LLP

PRICING OPTIONS: (All pricing increases by $50 after October 9th) 

OPTION 1: Seminar Only.  Entertainment Business Law Seminar Only (MCLE and CPE Credits) This option includes admission to the Entertainment Business Law Seminar (Friday, October 16, 2015) providing 6.0 New York MCLE/1.0 New York CPE credits, written course materials, refreshments and luncheon.) Please note that this option DOES NOT include a CMJ Music Marathon 2015 registration.

$249.00 (NYSBA Members Only)
$319.00 (Non-NYSBA Members)
$149.00 (Law students with Valid Student ID)

OPTION 1A:Seminar Only -CPAs ONLY: Seminar Only. Entertainment Business Law Seminar Only (CPE Credit) This option includes admission to the Entertainment Business Law Seminar (Friday, October 16, 2015) providing 6.0 New York CPE credits, written course materials, refreshments and luncheon.) Please note that this option DOES NOT include a CMJ Music Marathon 2015 registration.
*If you are looking for MCLE Credit and CPE Credit please choose Option 1

$299.00 (CPAs Only)

OPTION 2: Seminar Plus 2-day CMJ Marathon Access.  Entertainment Business Law Seminar + 2-Day CMJ Music Marathon 2015 Badge (This option includes admission to the Entertainment Business Law Seminar (Friday, October 16, 2015) 6.0 New York MCLE/6.0 New York CPE credits, written course materials, refreshments and luncheon, plus 2-Day CMJ Music Marathon 2015 Badge. The 2-day CMJ Music Marathon 2015 Badge MUST be picked up Friday, October 16, 2015 from 7:30am to 6:30pm.

$299.00 (NYSBA Members Only)
$419.00 (Non-NYSBA Members)

OPTION 3: NEW!  Seminar Plus 5-day CMJ Marathon Access.  Entertainment Business Law Seminar + Full 5-Day CMJ Music Marathon 2015 Badge (This option includes admission to the Entertainment Business Law Seminar, 6.0 New York MCLE/6.0 New York CPE credits, written course materials, refreshments, luncheon and a 5-day CMJ Music Marathon 2015 Badge valid during the entire event, Tuesday, October 13, 2015 through Saturday, October 17, 2015.) The 5-day CMJ Music Marathon 2015 Badge can be picked up beginning Tuesday, October 13, 2015 beginning at 9:00am.

$449 (NYSBA Members Only) - This special offer is for NYSBA members only!

For more information, contact: Beth Gould bgould@nysba.org

For more information on the full week festival visit: http://www.cmj.com/marathon/ 




Dream Downtown Hotel
355 W. 16th Street
New York, NY
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