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Monday, May 6 • 2:45pm - 3:25pm
The Collaborator’s Dilemma: Getting What’s Yours Even When You've Given Up Control

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You partnered up and worked hard during the creative process. Despite some push-and-pull along the way, in the end, an amazing piece of music has been birthed.  The delicate conversation about who did what has been had and the split sheets are signed. So the hard part is over… or is it?  

From idea to administration, this panel will explore the legal and practical implications of collaborations and provide sound advice on protecting your interests in co-authored songs and records. Topics will include statutory rights of co-authors, copyright assignments, (co)publishing and (co)administration agreements, fractional licensing, and the impact of recent changes brought about by the Music Modernization Act. Additionally, we will cover best practices when it comes to registering your contributions with the various collection societies and ensuring your co-collaborators hold up their end of the bargain.

This session is part of our Indie Artist & Songwriter Forum, powered by Songtrust
Now in its third year, our Indie Artist & Songwriter Forum gathers the brightest minds serving the indie community to cover the most pressing topics facing these creatives as they embrace new business models to take control of their careers. This year’s Forum will be headlined by a keynote presentation from industry legend and Co-Founder of The Orchard Richard Gottehrer, and an overview of Songtrust’s rights management platform and its possibilities for royalty collection. The program’s panels will address how music streaming is changing the path to mainstream success, how to navigate the legalities of collaborating with other artists, and the power that emerging Blockchain technology is already giving to indie artists.

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Jason Berger

Partner, Margolis Edelstein
Jason Berger is a partner at Philadelphia-based law firm Margolis Edelstein and chairs the firm’s Entertainment and New Media practice group. Berger’s expertise lies in recognizing talented artists, individuals and companies; developing strategy to achieve long-term success; and... Read More →
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Ash Kernen

Founder and Principal Attorney, Kernen Law
Ash Kernen is the Founder and Principal Attorney of Kernen Law, a Philadelphia-based boutique entertainment and intellectual property law firm, focusing predominantly on the music industry. Having spent over a decade as an independent musician prior to becoming a lawyer, Kernen’s... Read More →
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Molly Neuman

President, Songtrust
Molly Neuman is the President of Songtrust, the world’s largest global royalty collection service and publishing administrator. As President, she leads day-to-day operations for Songtrust, including client relations, product, and engineering, as well as partner relations. Prior... Read More →
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Misha Hunke

AVP of Distribution & Administration Services, BMI
Misha Hunke is the AVP of Distribution & Administration Service for Broadcast Music Inc (BMI), an American performing rights organization that represents more than 900,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 14 million musical works. Hunke... Read More →

Monday May 6, 2019 2:45pm - 3:25pm CDT
Griffin Ballroom