Music Business and Law Conference
New York Law School | 185 West Broadway | New York, NY 10013
Cost to Attend:
EASL Section Members: EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $219 for EASL Members before 10/10 | $249 after the early bird special (that ends on 10/10)
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
6.0 MCLE Credits / 7.0 CPE Credits: This program is not transitional and therefore does not qualify for newly admitted attorneys The majority of this course is approved for credit for experienced attorneys only. This course is not transitional and therefore will not qualify for credit for newly admitted attorneys (admitted to the New York Bar for less than two years).
EASL – MUSIC BUSINESS LAW CONFERENCE – NOVEMBER 15, 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
From a variety of perspectives, including Publishing, Recording, Licensing, Management, Merch and Touring, we will explore the avenues of artist revenue streams and tech’s effect on income collection and distribution. As you might imagine, the devil is in the details … and the data.
- Jared Leibowitz, 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
- Liz Norris, Activist
10:40 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. 2A. COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION CHALLENGES
After an overview of what’s protectable by copyright and which form to file, we will explore the nuances of publication, recordation, and registration (and when it becomes effective), and then dive into a lively discussion about registration challenges that music professionals face when registering multiple works, digital cover art, label copy credit/work-for-hire, and more.
- Joyce S. Dollinger, Esq., Moderator, Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP
- Robert J. Kasunic, Esq., Assoc. Reg. of Copyrights, Dir. Registration Policy and Practice, US Copyright Office
- Sy Damle, Esq., Latham & Watkins LLP
2B. RUMBLE IN THE EU JUNGLE - EU DIRECTIVES, BREXIT, THE MMA, AND COMPETITION - WHY THIS ALL MATTERS TO US PUBLISHERS AND SONGWRITERS
- 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
- Tom Frederikse, Esq., Partner, Clintons UK
- Alisa Coleman, COO, ABKCO
11:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. 3A. MUSIC MODERNIZATION ACT – PRACTICAL EFFECTS
- Neeta Ragoowansi, Esq., Moderator, SVP Business/Legal, Co-Founder NPREX
- 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
3B. THE 2019 GOLD RUSH IS IN MUSIC CATALOGS: THE OUTLOOK FOR MUSIC ASSET TRANSACTIONS AND STRATEGIES IN MITIGATING RISK
The music industry is experiencing a sea change that has led to five consecutive years of substantial growth that is powered in large part by the success of paid subscription streaming services, but also a confluence of emerging markets, technological advancements and legislative changes. The growth is expected to continue for the next several years which has attracted an array of investors who perceive tremendous value in both music publishing and master recording assets. This panel of industry experts at the forefront of the evolving music business will discuss the current state of the business, what constitutes an attractive music asset and the valuation, legal and financial strategies necessary to mitigate risk in catalog transactions:
- Christopher Hull, CPA, Moderator, Prager Metis CPAs
- Austin Jacobs, CPA, Prager Metis CPAs – London
- Nari Matsuura , Massarsky Consulting
- Lisa A. Alter, Esq., Alter, Kendrick, Baron
- Neil Gillis, President, Round Hill Music
12:50 p.m. - 1:05 p.m. LUNCH / KEYNOTE
1:05 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. TOP BUSINESS AND LEGAL EXECUTIVES AT UNIVERSAL/REPUBLIC RECORDS
-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 by: Larry S. Miller, Clinical Assoc. Prof. /Director, Music Business Program, NYU Steinhardt
2:20 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. 4A. KEY BUILDING BLOCKS FOR PROFITABLE ARTIST MERCH PROGRAM
In today’s music industry a recording artist must find alternative sources of revenue to thrive. A successful merchandising program can be a material source of revenue for a band. Additionally, a successful merchandising program helps promote bands and adds value to its brand and trademarks. This panel of industry experts have vast experience and are at the forefront of this essential revenue source and promotional vehicle. They will discuss the evolution of the band merch business, the current state of the business, how to create a successful program, and partnering as well as legal and compliance considerations.
- Lewis Stark, CPA, CFE - Moderator - Prager Metis CPAs - New York
- Dell Furano, President, Epic Rights – Los Angeles
- Tahir Basheer, Esq., Sheridans – London
- Jed Ferdinand, Esq., Ferdinand IP, New York
4B. DIVERSITY FOCUS: DISRUPTING IMPLICIT BIAS
Often we are not aware of our implicit biases, because they are reflexive. We fail to notice them unless they are brought to our attention. Each of us has implicit biases, and understanding this can be the first step toward disrupting the reflexive and improving the opportunities for diversity and society as a whole. Our speakers will share their paths toward disrupting implicit bias and lead us to a better understanding of this human dilemma and how to address it in our own lives, as well as provide insights into implicit bias and the law.
- Cheryl L. Davis, Esq. General Counsel, Authors Guild
- Jill Pilgrim, Esq., Pilgrim & Associates Law Offices
- Michelle Kim, Esq., Google
- Deborah Robinson, Esq., Viacom, Inc.
- Joshua Zuckerberg, Esq., Pryor Cashman
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 5. LITIGATION UPDATE ON THE MUSIC FRONT
- Robert W. Clarida, Esq., Moderator, 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 @ [email protected]
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 [email protected].
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 [email protected].