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Entertainment & Technology Law Conference Presented by Fox Rothschild and Supported by Dickinson Wright [clear filter]
Sunday, May 5
 

9:30am

From Songwriter to Publisher: Legal Aspects of Starting Your Own Publishing Company
More and more often in today’s industry, hit songwriters are leveraging  their success by forming independent publishing companies.  Music industry executives and songwriter entrepreneurs will shed light on the ins and outs of working together to create and run a successful publishing company and discuss the legal aspects and agreements associated with forming such companies.


This session is part of the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference
With the recent passage of the Music Modernization Act, and of course the ever-changing technological landscape, Music Biz’s Law Conference aims to give our attendees a road map to navigate the shifting legal path that lies ahead. This year’s multi-faceted program notably will feature the first keynote from Mitch Glazier since taking the helm as Chairman and CEO of the RIAA, and will bring law experts together with major players from all facets of the industry to discuss a range of issues including: the legalities of starting your own publishing company, the pros and cons of independent distribution versus working with a record label, managing celebrity estates, and how the use of AI in songwriting will affect copyright law.


Today’s program will be hosted by Fox Rothschild LLP and its entertainment law partners Ken Abdo, Lori Landew, Tim Mandelbaum and Michael Reinert who will emcee the program and answer any questions about the firm and its services.


Five CLE Credits have been approved by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education.


Coffee will be served until 11 AM.

Moderators
avatar for Noah McPike

Noah McPike

Of Counsel, Dickinson Wright
Noah McPike is Of Counsel for law firm Dickinson Wright. He has spent more than a decade practicing entertainment, corporate and intellectual property law on Nashville’s Music Row. McPike’s client list is comprised of established and up-and-coming artists, songwriters, producers... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Austen Adams

Austen Adams

Of Counsel, Dickinson Wright
Austen Adams is Of Counsel at Dickinson Wright, where he represents and advises recording artists, songwriters, producers, artist managers, music publishers, executives, and other music industry professionals regarding their entertainment transactions and general careers. Adams... Read More →
avatar for Tali Canterbury

Tali Canterbury

President, 50 Egg Music
Tali Canterbury is the President of 50 Egg Music, the record label she co-founded with Multi-Platinum-selling hit songwriter Jonathan Singleton and GRAMMY-nominated, record-breaking singer songwriter Luke Combs. Prior to this venture, Canterbury served as Director of A&R/Project Management... Read More →
avatar for Beth Laird

Beth Laird

Co-Owner and GM, Creative Nation
Beth Laird is the Co-Owner & GM of Creative Nation, where she is responsible for all operations and creative endeavors, as well as publishing and managing the careers of 10 artists. In five years, Creative Nation has yielded 15 No.1 Country singles, over 100 major label album cuts... Read More →
avatar for Jonathon Singleton

Jonathon Singleton

Founder, 50 Egg Music

Jonathan Singleton is a Co-Founder of publishing venture 50 Egg Music, which includes multi-platinum singer/songwriter Luke Combs, Kenton Bryant, and Reid Isbell. 50 Egg Music has yielded four #1 singles since its inception in 2016. As a songwriter, Singleton has written hits such... Read More →



Sunday May 5, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Griffin ABC

10:35am

The Label Artist Leverage Shift
Once upon a time and barely 20 years ago, there was really only one way to get music heard — through a label. That’s because a label had proprietary manufacturing and distribution systems, priority relationships to get the record made and promoted, the exclusive use of professional personnel, and the only pockets deep enough to launch an artist over the very high barrier to entry. As a result of that reality, artists had little to no leverage and barely any choice—and the deals reflected the reality that something was better than nothing.  But, that was then. Now, none of this remains true. Technology, innovation and entrepreneurship have created a plentitude of options. Recording can be done in your house with some software. Videos can be created and posted on an iPhone. Manufacturing is hardly a concern for most. The professional personnel are now consultants and available for anyone’s hire. Distribution options are abundant. Money can be attained through crowdfunding and as a result-artists now have the ability to launch themselves over the threshold without any kind of label.  All of this calls into question the role of a label and the justification of their split of the pie. It has artists’ asking themselves why they should sign with a label at all and labels’ thinking about what more they can offer to artists to bridge the ever widening leverage shift between them.


We’ll bring together representatives from indie distribution, major and indie labels, and management along with an artist for a hands-on, interactive workshop, with labels and distribution presenting their case for why an artist should sign, the artist and a manager talking out their decision, and a manger or business manager talking about their experiences and the pros and cons of each decision.


This session is part of the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference
With the recent passage of the Music Modernization Act, and of course the ever-changing technological landscape, Music Biz’s Law Conference aims to give our attendees a road map to navigate the shifting legal path that lies ahead. This year’s multi-faceted program notably will feature the first keynote from Mitch Glazier since taking the helm as Chairman and CEO of the RIAA, and will bring law experts together with major players from all facets of the industry to discuss a range of issues including: the legalities of starting your own publishing company, the pros and cons of independent distribution versus working with a record label, managing celebrity estates, and how the use of AI in songwriting will affect copyright law.


Today’s program will be hosted by Fox Rothschild LLP and its entertainment law partners Ken Abdo, Lori Landew, Tim Mandelbaum and Michael Reinert who will emcee the program and answer any questions about the firm and its services.


Five CLE Credits have been approved by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education.


Coffee will be served until 11 AM.

Moderators
avatar for Monika Tashman

Monika Tashman

Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP
Monika Tashman is a Partner at Manatt Entertainment, based in the firm’s New York City office. With a broad-based practice spanning over 25 years in the music and entertainment industries, she advises and provides creative, pragmatic solutions for clients at the intersection of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ron Cerrito

Ron Cerrito

President, AWAL North America
Ron Cerrito is President of AWAL in North America, which functions as Kobalt Music Group’s recording division. AWAL has a roster that ranges from new and breaking artists to global successes, including Lauv, R3HAB, Steve Lacy, Tom Misch, Kim Petras, Rex Orange County, The Wombats... Read More →
avatar for Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson

Head of Business & Legal Affairs, 300 Entertainment
Mark Robinson is currently Head of Business & Legal Affairs for 300 Entertainment, and serves on the A2IM Advisory Board. He is also is the Visiting Music & Entertainment Industries Expert Professor at  William Paterson University. Robinson is a 20 year music veteran who most recently... Read More →
avatar for Rick Stevens

Rick Stevens

CEO and Managing Partner, Cygnus Companies LLC/Beatchain Ltd.
Rick Stevens is CEO of Cygnus Companies LLC, a private equity and advisory firm focused on strategic opportunities in entertainment, media and the intersection of technology and entertainment. In addition to his role at Cygnus, Stevens is Senior Entertainment Industry Advisor of client... Read More →
avatar for Kimberly Schon

Kimberly Schon

Senior Artist Manager, 5B Artist Management
Kimberly Schon is a Senior Artist Manager and Director of Knotfest at 5B Artists + Media, a global, full- service artist management company and entertainment organization with offices in Los Angeles, Brooklyn, and Birmingham (UK). The operation also comprises a record label, a film... Read More →



Sunday May 5, 2019 10:35am - 12:00pm
Griffin ABC

1:00pm

Entertainment & Technology Law Conference Keynote: Mitch Glazier, RIAA
In his first keynote address since taking the helm at the RIAA, Mitch Glazier will sit down with NSAI’s Bart Herbison to discuss current legislations and how they will affect the future of the industry for streaming services, labels, songwriters, and more.


Keynote
Mitch Glazier, RIAA


Interviewer
Bart Herbison, NSAI


This session is part of the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference
With the recent passage of the Music Modernization Act, and of course the ever-changing technological landscape, Music Biz’s Law Conference aims to give our attendees a road map to navigate the shifting legal path that lies ahead. This year’s multi-faceted program notably will feature the first keynote from Mitch Glazier since taking the helm as Chairman and CEO of the RIAA, and will bring law experts together with major players from all facets of the industry to discuss a range of issues including: the legalities of starting your own publishing company, the pros and cons of independent distribution versus working with a record label, managing celebrity estates, and how the use of AI in songwriting will affect copyright law.


Today’s program will be hosted by Fox Rothschild LLP and its entertainment law partners Ken Abdo, Lori Landew, Tim Mandelbaum and Michael Reinert who will emcee the program and answer any questions about the firm and its services.



Five CLE Credits have been approved by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education.

Speakers
avatar for Mitch Glazier

Mitch Glazier

Chairman and CEO, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
Mitch Glazier is Chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the trade association representing the U.S.-based global entertainment companies responsible for creating, manufacturing, or distributing approximately 85 percent of the world’s recorded music... Read More →
avatar for Barton Herbison

Barton Herbison

Executive Director, NSAI
Bart Herbison is Executive Director of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), the world's largest not-for-profit songwriters trade organization and advocacy group dedicated to the songwriting profession. Established in 1967, NSAI’s membership of nearly 5,000... Read More →



Sunday May 5, 2019 1:00pm - 1:40pm
Griffin ABC

1:45pm

Selling Your Copyrights: Legal Issues and Other Considerations
You've worked hard to write, record, and market a musical body of work that's generating some consistent revenue for you, and now you want to sell. This panel will feature a discussion of the legal and other considerations involved in the sale of copyrights in musical works and/or the royalty streams associated with those musical works. We will guide you through the transaction, from preparing your financial statements and soliciting offers, through the letter of intent, legal and financial due diligence, and (if all goes well...) closing.


This session is part of the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference
With the recent passage of the Music Modernization Act, and of course the ever-changing technological landscape, Music Biz’s Law Conference aims to give our attendees a road map to navigate the shifting legal path that lies ahead. This year’s multi-faceted program notably will feature the first keynote from Mitch Glazier since taking the helm as Chairman and CEO of the RIAA, and will bring law experts together with major players from all facets of the industry to discuss a range of issues including: the legalities of starting your own publishing company, the pros and cons of independent distribution versus working with a record label, managing celebrity estates, and how the use of AI in songwriting will affect copyright law. 


Today’s program will be hosted by Fox Rothschild LLP and its entertainment law partners Ken Abdo, Lori Landew, Tim Mandelbaum and Michael Reinert who will emcee the program and answer any questions about the firm and its services.



Five CLE Credits have been approved by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education.

Moderators
avatar for Andrew Fromm

Andrew Fromm

CEO, Fromm Consulting LLC/Songwriter
Andrew Fromm’s career had humble beginnings with his national appearance on TV’s Star Search. What started as the drive to succeed as an artist blossomed into another path: songwriter. Since he began in 1994, Fromm has proved himself a force to be reckoned within the music industry... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Linda Edell Howard

Linda Edell Howard

Partner, Adams & Reese LLP
Linda Edell Howard is a Partner with Adams and Reese LLP and Team Leader of the firm’s Entertainment and New Media practice group. In this role, she leads the firm’s practice with emerging technology businesses, entertainment-related professionals, intellectual property rights... Read More →
avatar for John Kelly

John Kelly

CEO, Entertainment Financial Services
John E. Kelly is CEO of Entertainment Financial Services, a financial consulting firm specializing in the entertainment industry. Kelly’s past and current clients include multi-platinum selling recording artists in all genres, athletes and coaches in both the NBA and NFL, and not-for-profit... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Novick

Daniel Novick

Trademark & Entertainment Lawyer, Novick Law PLLC
Daniel Novick is a trademark & entertainment lawyer who represents entertainment and entrepreneurial clients worldwide in matters related to business development, trademark registration & protection, and contract negotiations – with a particular focus on music, digital media, and... Read More →



Sunday May 5, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Griffin ABC

2:50pm

Artificial Intelligence Meets Tin Pan Alley
Artificial Intelligence is surely changing the world, including the way that music is created and consumed. In fact, AI is invading the sacred realm of songwriting. Today, in the time it takes some people to restring and tune a guitar, AI software has the ability to compose a melody and lyrics that arguably are similar enough to human-written songs to evoke real emotions.  Is it inevitable that a computer will create a chart-topping song in the not-so-distant future? Consider, for example, the AI-created Pop song, “Daddy’s Car.” Released in 2016, it’s said to be the world’s first structured AI Pop song, for which AI software drew “inspiration” from the decades-old and revered Beatles songbook. Could the creative, business, and legal implications of this brave new world fundamentally disrupt the very foundation of the music and broader entertainment industries?


Among the legal issues to be discussed, perhaps the most important one is who owns the copyright in an AI-written song? Who is “author” under the Copyright Act? Is it the person who created the underlying software; the person who gathered and inputted the data; the person who owns the hardware; the person who commissioned and paid for the creation of the AI-written song; or someone else? Or could it possibly be the AI itself? The myriad legal questions presented have not been answered yet, but they are likely to be addressed sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, the interplay between human intelligence and Artificial Intelligence in the creative process is happening now, in real time.


This session is part of the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference
With the recent passage of the Music Modernization Act, and of course the ever-changing technological landscape, Music Biz’s Law Conference aims to give our attendees a road map to navigate the shifting legal path that lies ahead. This year’s multi-faceted program notably will feature the first keynote from Mitch Glazier since taking the helm as Chairman and CEO of the RIAA, and will bring law experts together with major players from all facets of the industry to discuss a range of issues including: the legalities of starting your own publishing company, the pros and cons of independent distribution versus working with a record label, managing celebrity estates, and how the use of AI in songwriting will affect copyright law. 


Today’s program will be hosted by Fox Rothschild LLP and its entertainment law partners Ken Abdo, Lori Landew, Tim Mandelbaum and Michael Reinert who will emcee the program and answer any questions about the firm and its services.



Five CLE Credits have been approved by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education.

Moderators
avatar for John Beiter

John Beiter

Attorney At Law, Beiter Law Firm PLLC
John Beiter, Attorney at Law for Nashville-based Beiter Law Firm, PLLC, has practiced entertainment and intellectual property law for over 20 years. Beiter has represented a diverse array of clients including recording artists, producers, record companies, songwriters, music publishers... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Marghie Evans

Marghie Evans

Managing Director, Do Write Music LLC
Marghie Evans is Managing Direction at Do Write Music LLC, a company that represents various songwriters including Janis Ian, Tom Paxton, Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Ed Hill, Victoria Shaw, Old Crow Medicine Show and Janis Ian, as well as catalogues from several independent publishers... Read More →
avatar for Alex Mitchell

Alex Mitchell

CEO, Boomy
Alex Jae Mitchell is the founder of Boomy, a company using artificial intelligence to create "instant music." Mitchell is a serial music entrepreneur who previously founded Audiokite Research, the leading market research service for independent musicians, which was acquired by ReverbNation... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Sanders

Shannon Sanders

Songwriter, Producer, and Artist
Shannon Sanders is a songwriter, producer and artist who has worked with artists including India.Arie, Jonny Lang, John Legend, Robert Randolph, just to name a few. To date, his work has earned him two GRAMMYs, two Emmys, and one Dove Award. He is also the founder and program director... Read More →
avatar for Regan Smith

Regan Smith

General Counsel and Associate Register of, U.S. Copyright Office
Regan Smith is the General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights for the United States Copyright Office. Smith provides legal guidance to the various divisions and programs of the Office, including the national registration and recordation systems. She is frequently called... Read More →



Sunday May 5, 2019 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Griffin ABC

3:55pm

And the Beat Goes On… Managing Celebrity Estates and Beyond
This panel, comprised of experts who are the foundation behind some of the music industry’s leading celebrity estates, will discuss the many legal, accounting, and practical business considerations that should be addressed before and after this thing called life comes to an end. The panel will cover a range of interesting topics surrounding the continued importance of celebrity estates and the use and misappropriation that sometimes follows their name, image, and likeness.


This session is part of the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference
With the recent passage of the Music Modernization Act, and of course the ever-changing technological landscape, Music Biz’s Law Conference aims to give our attendees a road map to navigate the shifting legal path that lies ahead. This year’s multi-faceted program notably will feature the first keynote from Mitch Glazier since taking the helm as Chairman and CEO of the RIAA, and will bring law experts together with major players from all facets of the industry to discuss a range of issues including: the legalities of starting your own publishing company, the pros and cons of independent distribution versus working with a record label, managing celebrity estates, and how the use of AI in songwriting will affect copyright law.


Today’s program will be hosted by Fox Rothschild LLP and its entertainment law partners Ken Abdo, Lori Landew, Tim Mandelbaum and Michael Reinert who will emcee the program and answer any questions about the firm and its services.



Five CLE Credits have been approved by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education.

Moderators
avatar for Justin Buencamino

Justin Buencamino

Senior Manager, Royalty Compliance & Advisory, Prager Metis CPAs
Justin Buencamino is a Senior Manager in the Advisory Department of Prager Metis CPAs, a member of Prager Metis International Group. He has been in the accounting industry for more than 10 years. Buenocamino works closely on behalf of some of the world's most renowned recording artists... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jason Boyarski

Jason Boyarski

Partner, Boyarski Fritz LLP
Jason Boyarski is a Partner of the full-service law firm Boyarski Fritz LLP, a firm he founded with longtime entertain­ment and media attorney David Fritz. Boyarski's expertise is well-rooted in deal-making, entertainment, technology, media, brands, consumer goods, intellectual property... Read More →
avatar for Chuck Fleckenstein

Chuck Fleckenstein

General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, The Roy Orbison Estate aka Roy’s Boys
Chuck Fleckenstein is General Manager and COO of “Roy’s Boy’s” a company owned by the sons of the late Roy Orbison and which controls Roy Orbison’s masters, publishing and name and likeness. In 2014, Mr. Fleckenstein produced the film documentary “Mystery Girl: Unraveled... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith

Partner, Prager Metis CPAs
Thomas Smith is a Partner of Prager Metis CPAs, a member of Prager Metis International. With over 20 years of experience in the accounting industry, Smith provides business management, consulting, tax and accounting services to a varied client base including businesses, individuals... Read More →



Sunday May 5, 2019 3:55pm - 4:55pm
Griffin ABC