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Entertainment & Technology Law Conference [clear filter]
Monday, May 14
 

9:00am CDT

The Modern Approach to Artist Development: From Self Release to Major Label and Everywhere In-Between
The latest installment of Music Biz’s Entertainment & Technology Law Conference Series will give attendees an opportunity to interact with — hear from and ask questions of — advocates and influencers who are currently tackling the following tough topics facing their clients and industry partners. 4 CLE credits have been applied for. Proper event sign-in instructions must be followed in order to receive credits. 


With user-friendly technology evolving, new and innovative artist platforms streamlining distribution, and fans consuming music at an increasingly higher rate, the opportunities for artist development have grown exponentially in recent years. Music industry executives will shed light on what artist development means in today’s music industry, and discuss the legal rights and agreements associated with such development.


Supporting sponsors include Dickinson Wright and Leavens, Strand & Glover

Moderators
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 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 Martha Earls

Martha Earls

Owner, efg Mgmt
Martha Earls is the Owner of efg Mgmt and the Manager of multi-platinum, No.1 selling recording artist, Kane Brown.  She met then unsigned Brown in 2015, and has since guided his career from social media phenomenon, through his record breaking album debut, to being the only artist... Read More →
avatar for Robert Femia

Robert Femia

VP, Business & Legal Affairs, UMG Nashville
Rob Femia is the VP of Business & Legal Affairs at UMG Nashville.  Previously, he began his career as an entertainment attorney in New York at Sony BMG Music Entertainment, followed by time at Virgin Records, Capitol Music Group, EMI Music North America and Atlantic Records.
avatar for Kerry O'Neil

Kerry O'Neil

Co-Founder, Big Yellow Dog Music
Kerry O’Neil is the Co-Founder of Big Yellow Dog Music, an independent music publishing and artist development company. Big Yellow Dog Music has been recognized with four Grammys, 35 No.1 songs, four Song of the Year awards (ACM, BMI, and two ASCAP), an ASCAP Global Award, five... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Stover

Jeremy Stover

Owner, Producer & Songwriter, Red Creative Group
Jeremy Stover is the Owner of Red Creative Group, a publishing and entertainment company. He is also a producer and writer, accumulating hundreds of cuts and multiple No.1 hits including, “Small Town USA” and “Til My Last Day” performed by Justin Moore, and Tim McGraw’s... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am CDT
Legends D

10:00am CDT

The Music Modernization Act: How Does It Affect You?
Since enactment of the current Copyright Act more than 40 years ago, various interest groups have debated proposals to keep the law up-to-date in light of constant changes in the music industry and the related technology. Topics of on-going debate have included ensuring fairness in royalty payments to music creators from new digital music platforms, streamlining statutory music licensing schemes, and the creation of a comprehensive music database to benefit those creators and the new online platforms that provide music to the public.


Although controversy continues, the Music Modernization Act, or HR577, was passed unanimously with 415 votes in the U.S. House of Representatives and is headed to the Senate for review. HR577 is supported by a large number of industry groups representing both music creators and digital service providers who believe the Act presents true and constructive change and, ultimately, a victory for our industry. Our panel will explore this legislation and discuss how it will affect not only music creators and DSPs, but other entrepreneurs and entities that use music to enhance their business.


Supporting sponsors include Dickinson Wright and Leavens, Strand & Glover

Moderators
avatar for John Beiter

John Beiter

Partner, Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC
John Beiter is a partner in the Nashville office of Leavens Strand & Glover, practicing entertainment and intellectual property law. Beiter has represented a diverse array of clients, from recording artists and producers, record companies, songwriters and music publishers, to documentary... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rick Carnes

Rick Carnes

President, Songwriters Guild of America
Rick Carnes has served as President of the Songwriters Guild of America since 2004. He is also a songwriter, earning 40 platinum albums with songs recorded by artists including Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Alabama, Steve Wariner, Pam Tillis, and Dean Martin. Carnes’s song, "I Can't... Read More →
avatar for Jacqueline Charlesworth

Jacqueline Charlesworth

Attorney, Covington & Burling, LLP
Jacqueline Charlesworth is Of Counsel at the law firm Covington & Burling, where she practices intellectual property law with an emphasis on music copyright issues. Before joining Covington’s New York office, she served as General Counsel & Associate Register of Copyrights at the... Read More →
avatar for Ted Goldthorpe

Ted Goldthorpe

--, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Ted Goldthorpe has been at Sony/ATV Music for 22 years, where he is currently the Supervisor of North American Publishing Administrations. In his current role, he handles all of the ‘legacy’ catalogs of both Sony/ATV and EMI, including the Rolling Stones, Queen, David Bowie, the... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 10:00am - 10:55am CDT
Legends D

11:00am CDT

Collective Management of Rights: Do We Need More or Less?
The latest installment of Music Biz’s Entertainment & Technology Law Conference Series will give attendees an opportunity to interact with — hear from and ask questions of — advocates and influencers who are currently tackling the following tough topics facing their clients and industry partners. 4 CLE credits have been applied for. Proper event sign-in instructions must be followed in order to receive credits. 


In recent years, collective management of rights has expanded with the addition of SoundExchange, administering a brand new right; GMR entering the already crowded field of performance rights; additional organizations challenging HFA's long-time control over mechanical rights in the U.S. At the same time, user organizations have struck some direct deals, avoiding collecting societies.


Now, there is a proposal to create another massive collecting society to cure the problems created by the Section 115 on-demand streaming mechanical. This panel will examine collective management, the issues surrounding collective management and discuss solutions and obstacles to solutions going forward.


Supporting sponsors include Dickinson Wright and Leavens, Strand & Glover

Moderators
avatar for John Simson

John Simson

Of Counsel / Executive-in-Residence & Program Director for the Business and Entertainment Program Department of Management, Fox Rothschild / American University
John L. Simson is a practicing entertainment lawyer and is currently of counsel to the firm Fox Rothschild. He has been involved in the music industry since his 1971 signing as a recording artist. His career has included stints as a manager; an entertainment lawyer; an executive... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cindy Charles

Cindy Charles

Music Licensing Consultant
Cindy Charles is currently consulting in the music licensing space. Until recently, she was Head of Business Development for Music, for Amazon Tickets where she was responsible for leading strategy and business development in connection with Amazon’s new business, offering concert... Read More →
avatar for Richard Conlon

Richard Conlon

Chief Corporate Development Officer, SoundExchange
avatar for John Johnson

John Johnson

SVP of Licensing, ASCAP
John Johnson is the SVP of Licensing at ASCAP, where he is responsible for ASCAP's Licensing Operations including customer service, licensing administration and general licensing.  During his 23 years at ASCAP, he has held roles in collections, general licensing, business analysis... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 11:00am - 11:55am CDT
Legends D

12:00pm CDT

Bands and Brands: Trademark Protection in the Music Business
The latest installment of Music Biz’s Entertainment & Technology Law Conference Series will give attendees an opportunity to interact with — hear from and ask questions of — advocates and influencers who are currently tackling the following tough topics facing their clients and industry partners. 4 CLE credits have been applied for. Proper event sign-in instructions must be followed in order to receive credits. 


A band is a business, and that band’s name is its brand. It is how fans can be certain whose music they just heard on the radio, whose track they are streaming, whose merchandise they are purchasing, or whose concert is coming to town. Disputes between bands with identical or similar names are common. This crash course panel will cover:

  1. Choosing the most “trademarkable” name
  2. Performing initial clearance research and evaluating likelihood of confusion with existing band names
  3. Common law trademark rights for unregistered marks
  4. The process of obtaining a federal trademark registration, including special requirements for musical artists
  5. How songwriters can benefit from trademark (hint: you can’t copyright a song title!)


Supporting sponsors include Dickinson Wright and Leavens, Strand & Glover


Moderators
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 →

Speakers
avatar for Jonah Grossbardt

Jonah Grossbardt

Attorney, Schneider Rothman Intellectual Property Law Group PLLC
Jonah Grossbardt is an attorney at Schneider Rothman IP Law Group located in Los Angeles.  He began his legal career in New York City at a firm that specialized in entertainment, securities, intellectual property and business litigation. After practicing law for over five years... Read More →
avatar for Charles Lew

Charles Lew

Managing Partner, The Lew Firm
Charles Lew is a Los Angeles based attorney that specializes in helping startup companies get and stay on the right track. He has been practicing law since 2003 and has launched over 100 startup companies across the nation. Lew is the owner of Stout Burgers and Beers, Huckleberry... Read More →
avatar for Louis Smoller

Louis Smoller

Of Counsel, Schlackman Intellectual Property Law, PLLC
Louis Smoller is an intellectual property, commercial, entertainment, and media attorney.  His practice involves both transactional and litigation services, where he has represented a wide variety of content creators, new media entrepreneurs, and other creative industry professionals... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Spahn

Lauren Spahn

Associate Attorney, Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP
Lauren Spahn is an Associate Attorney of Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP., where she represents the legal and business interests of recording artists, songwriters, publishers, promoters, producers, managers, agents, executives, record labels, networks, banks, and other... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 12:00pm - 12:55pm CDT
Legends D