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Wednesday, March 18
 

12:30pm

Mentor Session: Sharesa Alexander
Mentor Sessions provide an opportunity to receive more personalized input than a larger panel can offer. Sessions are scheduled in ten-minute increments. Online sign-ups for Mentor Sessions will close the day before each session occurs. On the day of the session, you can still sign up in person if slots are available.

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Speakers
avatar for Sharesa Alexander

Sharesa Alexander

Atty at Law, The Sya Firm PLLC
Ms. Alexander is the founding member of The SYA Firm, PLLC, a general practice including but not limited to general civil litigation, entertainment & sports law, copyrights, contract review, drafting & negotiation, non-profit & business formation & disputes, will drafting, insurance... Read More →
avatar for Sharesa Alexander Esq

Sharesa Alexander Esq

Attorney at Law, The Sya Firm PLLC
Ms. Alexander is the founding member of The SYA Firm, PLLC, a general practice including but not limited to general civil litigation, entertainment & sports law, copyrights, contract review, drafting & negotiation, non-profit & business formation & disputes, will drafting, insurance... Read More →


Wednesday March 18, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 8AB Austin Convention Center

2:00pm

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do... Breaking Contracts!
Artists sometimes find themselves in a precarious position trying to terminate a bad deal. Learn strategies to help exit the deal, recover rights and regain control.

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Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Becker

Jeffrey Becker

Atty, Swanson Martin and Bell
Jeff Becker is Chair of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Entertainment and Media Law Practice Group. Among his clients are songwriters, recording artists, musicians, actors, screenwriters, publishers, talent managers and agents, theatrical producers and playwrights, authors, photographers... Read More →
avatar for Brian Rosenblatt

Brian Rosenblatt

Member/Attorney, Deutsch Levy & Engel
Brian is a partner in the Chicago office of SmithAmundsen where he serves as Co-chair of the firm’s Entertainment, Media and Privacy Practice Group, and has served as past Co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. His practice focuses on entertainment transactions... Read More →
avatar for Judy Tint

Judy Tint

Member/Attorney, Judy Tint Counselor at Law
Judy Tint has over 25 years of experience as an attorney, consultant and producer in the entertainment industry. A graduate of Columbia Law School and Rutgers College, Judy specializes in music-related matters, and represents a broad variety of recording artists, songwriters, producers... Read More →


Wednesday March 18, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Room 18D Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Book Signing: Thomas Leavens
Thomas Leavens will appear at the SXBookstore to sign copies of Music Law for the General Practitioner.

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Speakers
TL

Thomas Leavens

Partner, Leavens Strand Glover & Adler LLC
Thomas Leavens is a partner in Leavens, Strand, & Glover, LLC. Tom’s career as an attorney has involved transactions, counseling, and litigation in all areas of performing, visual, and literary expression, new media, intellectual property, and technology. Tom also was General Counsel... Read More →


Wednesday March 18, 2015 3:30pm - 3:50pm
ACC Ballroom D Foyer Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

Pro Bono Legal Services for Musicians
Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (talarts.org), California Lawyers for the Arts (calawyersforthearts.org) and New York Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (vlany.org) are teaming up to provide information on how musicians who live or do business in New York, Texas, or California can make use of FREE legal services in those states. All three organizations represent the oldest and most experienced volunteer lawyer organizations in the country and have access to hundreds of highly skilled lawyers who can help artists on legal issues ranging from copyright, music licensing, recording contracts, management agreements, etc. Very few artists know about these services.

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Speakers
EM

Erik Metzger

Attorney, Intel Corporation
Erik Metzger is an intellectual property attorney for Intel Corporation, a member of the board of California Lawyers for the Arts and board president of Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts. In addition, Erik runs Intel's arts and entertainment pro bono committee, in which Intel... Read More →
avatar for Alma Robinson

Alma Robinson

Exec Dir, California Lawyers For The Arts
avatar for Katie Wagner

Katie Wagner

Exec Dir, New York Volunteer Lawyers For The Arts
LW

Larry Waks

Partner, Jackson Walker LLP


Wednesday March 18, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Artist Central in Ballroom E Austin Convention Center
 
Thursday, March 19
 

12:30pm

Mentor Session: Gail Perry
Mentor Sessions provide an opportunity to receive more personalized input than a larger panel can offer. Sessions are scheduled in ten-minute increments. Online sign-ups for Mentor Sessions will close the day before each session occurs. On the day of the session, you can still sign up in person if slots are available.

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Speakers
GP

Gail Perry

Owner, Law Offices of Gail Perry


Thursday March 19, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 8AB Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

Mentor Session: Mike Shepherd
Mentor Sessions provide an opportunity to receive more personalized input than a larger panel can offer. Sessions are scheduled in ten-minute increments. Online sign-ups for Mentor Sessions will close the day before each session occurs. On the day of the session, you can still sign up in person if slots are available.

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Speakers
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Mike Shepherd

Partner, Trainer Shepherd Phillips Melin LLP


Thursday March 19, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 8AB Austin Convention Center

2:00pm

Mentor Session: Jesper Reginal
Mentor Sessions provide an opportunity to receive more personalized input than a larger panel can offer. Sessions are scheduled in ten-minute increments. Online sign-ups for Mentor Sessions will close the day before each session occurs. On the day of the session, you can still sign up in person if slots are available.

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Speakers
avatar for Jesper Reginal

Jesper Reginal

Frog Superior, Crunchy Frog
Co-founder and MD at Crunchy Frog. Independent record label thorugh 20 years from Copenhagen, Denmark. Mostly known for such artists as The Raveonettes, Junior Senior, PowerSolo, Jenny Wilson, 18th Dye, The Tremolo Beer Gut, Apparat Organ Quartet, Thee Attacks and many others.


Thursday March 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Room 8AB Austin Convention Center

2:00pm

Mentor Session: Judy Tint
Mentor Sessions provide an opportunity to receive more personalized input than a larger panel can offer. Sessions are scheduled in ten-minute increments. Online sign-ups for Mentor Sessions will close the day before each session occurs. On the day of the session, you can still sign up in person if slots are available.

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Speakers
avatar for Judy Tint

Judy Tint

Member/Attorney, Judy Tint Counselor at Law
Judy Tint has over 25 years of experience as an attorney, consultant and producer in the entertainment industry. A graduate of Columbia Law School and Rutgers College, Judy specializes in music-related matters, and represents a broad variety of recording artists, songwriters, producers... Read More →


Thursday March 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Room 8AB Austin Convention Center

2:00pm

Mentor Session: Tamera Bennett
Mentor Sessions provide an opportunity to receive more personalized input than a larger panel can offer. Sessions are scheduled in ten-minute increments. Online sign-ups for Mentor Sessions will close the day before each session occurs. On the day of the session, you can still sign up in person if slots are available.

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Speakers
avatar for Tamera Bennett

Tamera Bennett

Attorney/Owner, Bennett Law Office PC


Thursday March 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Room 8AB Austin Convention Center

3:20pm

Book Signing: Allen Bargfrede
Allen Bargfrede will appear at the SXBookstore to sign copies of Music Law in the Digital Age.

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Speakers
avatar for Allen Bargfrede

Allen Bargfrede

Exec Dir Rethink Music, Berklee College of Music
Allen Bargfrede is Associate Professor of Music Business/Management and Executive Director of Rethink Music at Berklee College of Music. He is an attorney and recognized expert on content distribution, copyright law, and business environments for the music and technology industries... Read More →


Thursday March 19, 2015 3:20pm - 3:40pm
ACC Ballroom D Foyer Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Mentor Session: Annie Lin
Mentor Sessions provide an opportunity to receive more personalized input than a larger panel can offer. Sessions are scheduled in ten-minute increments. Online sign-ups for Mentor Sessions will close the day before each session occurs. On the day of the session, you can still sign up in person if slots are available.

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Speakers
avatar for Annie Lin

Annie Lin

Sr Counsel, Loudr.fm


Thursday March 19, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 8AB Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Mentor Session: Brian Bloom
Mentor Sessions provide an opportunity to receive more personalized input than a larger panel can offer. Sessions are scheduled in ten-minute increments. Online sign-ups for Mentor Sessions will close the day before each session occurs. On the day of the session, you can still sign up in person if slots are available.

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Speakers
avatar for Brian Bloom

Brian Bloom

Partner, Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP
Brian A. Bloom is a partner at Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP where he concentrates his practice on all facets of intellectual property and licensing matters. The scope of his practice is diversified, and includes counseling emerging brands and Fortune 500 companies, telecommunication... Read More →


Thursday March 19, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 8AB Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Mentor Session: Christiane Kinney
Mentor Sessions provide an opportunity to receive more personalized input than a larger panel can offer. Sessions are scheduled in ten-minute increments. Online sign-ups for Mentor Sessions will close the day before each session occurs. On the day of the session, you can still sign up in person if slots are available.

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Speakers
avatar for Christiane Kinney

Christiane Kinney

Attorney, LeClairRyan LLP
Christiane Cargill Kinney is a partner at LeClairRyan, and Chair of the firm’s Entertainment Industry Team. Kinney’s entertainment practice is focused on the representation of talent primarily in the areas of music, film, and television. She also specializes in branding and cross-promotional... Read More →


Thursday March 19, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 8AB Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

Rights Management and Collective Licensing Orgs
As more creators and independent entities control music rights, and as more digital services need rights to distribute music, one might expect intermediaries to play a major role in the licensing of compositions and recordings. But, technology has enabled rights owners and licensees to bring in-house expertise required to manage licensing and payment of royalties. With publishers threatening to pull repertoire from PROs, and services like SiriusXM threatening to circumvent SoundExchange, the future of these kinds of organizations is unclear. We will analyze the state of rights management and collective licensing organizations and their role in the licensing landscape.

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Speakers
avatar for Allen Bargfrede

Allen Bargfrede

Exec Dir Rethink Music, Berklee College of Music
Allen Bargfrede is Associate Professor of Music Business/Management and Executive Director of Rethink Music at Berklee College of Music. He is an attorney and recognized expert on content distribution, copyright law, and business environments for the music and technology industries... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Bavitz

Christopher Bavitz

Clinical Professor of Law and Managing Director, Cyberlaw Clinic, Harvard Law School/Berkman Center
Christopher T. Bavitz is a Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he co-teaches the Counseling and Legal Strategy in the Digital Age seminar and teaches the seminar, Music & Digital Media. He is Managing Director of HLS's Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the Berkman Center... Read More →
avatar for Åsa Carild

Åsa Carild

International Licensing Mgr, Stim
Åsa Carild is the International licensing manager for Stim. Her focus have been the online licensing and she have been involved the Kobalt Stim collaboration Kstar. She is also working with an international collaboration between GEMA and Stim and PRS. She has an extensive experience... Read More →
avatar for Christine Pepe

Christine Pepe

AVP Business & Legal Affairs, ASCAP
Christine Pepe is the AVP Business & Legal Affairs at the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP), the nation's leading performing rights organization. At ASCAP, Ms. Pepe structures and negotiates a wide variety of license agreements with various music users, including... Read More →


Thursday March 19, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Room 10A Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

Sampling In The Music Business
Have you ever listened to a new hit song on the radio and pointed out elements of an older hit within it? A guitar riff from a classic rock song or a vocal from an eighties song? Have you ever wondered if it is legal to incorporate older melodies or harmonies into new songs? Industry experts will define the types of samples that exist in the music business. A music producer will explain why older songs are sometimes incorporated into new compositions. An entertainment attorney will discuss legal aspects of clearing samples. A music publisher will show how samples affect songwriter splits. A major label representative will explain how sampling affects royalty income streams.

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Speakers
KB

Kane Beatz

Producer, Warner Music Group
avatar for Uwonda Carter

Uwonda Carter

Owner, The Carter Law Firm PC
Uwonda S. Carter is a transactional attorney that advises clients on both business and entertainment matters and focuses on securing and negotiating recording and other music-related agreements, television and film agreements, contracts for licensing, sponsorship and endorsement opportunities... Read More →
avatar for Scott Cupolo

Scott Cupolo

Assoc Dir of Royalties, Warner Music Group
Currently an Associate Director of Royalties for Warner Music Group, Scott has been divvying up money to major recording artists for over ten years now. From Arista Records to Universal Music Group to Sony Music and now at Warner Music Group, Scott has handled royalties for major... Read More →
avatar for Travis McFetridge

Travis McFetridge

Pres, Great South Bay Music Group Inc
Great South Bay Music Group Inc. is a New York based corporation specializing in A&R, music production, worldwide music publishing, master royalty collection, sound recording royalty collection, home taping and rental royalty collection, song pitching, and music industry consultation... Read More →


Thursday March 19, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Room 11AB Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

U.S. and U.K. Immigration Options for Musicians
Every year musicians from around the world come to the U.S. and the U.K. to tour, record, and pursue their musical dreams. However, as even some of the biggest international artists know, the legal realities of working abroad are sometimes not so clear and mishaps can be costly. This workshop will review the U.S. and U.K. immigration processes for musicians, employers of musicians, and music industry professionals. We will discuss the procedures, timelines, and expenses associated with procuring a visa, with an emphasis on red flags and strategies for strengthening a case...so you can keep your mind on the music, not the bureaucracy.

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Speakers
avatar for Sharon Brenner

Sharon Brenner

Immigration Atty, Surowitz Immigration PC
Sharon Brenner has worked in various sectors of immigration law since 2004. She is well-versed in visa matters for creatives, and has spoken on the topic on numerous occasions. Just a few of her diverse clientele in this area have included renowned musicians, film industry professionals... Read More →
avatar for Anushka Sinha

Anushka Sinha

Sr Assoc Solicitor, Laura Devine Attorneys LLC
Anushka Sinha is a Senior Associate Solicitor at Laura Devine Attorneys LLC (LDA) in New York. Anushka specializes in all areas of business and personal immigration to the U.K. She is at the forefront of the U.K. immigration practice, challenging policies in difficult matters. She... Read More →


Thursday March 19, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Room 8C Austin Convention Center
 
Friday, March 20
 

11:00am

CLE 1: Music Law Ethics in Motion
The rules of professional conduct apply to all lawyers. However, because of nuances from one practice area to another, the rules may have a disparate impact on entertainment lawyers. This panel will address issues and recent legal authority concerning confidentiality, attorney work product and privileged information, conflicts of interest, the overlapping roles of agents, managers and lawyers, engagement and retainer agreements, compensation structure for professional services, multi-jurisdictional practice, on-line related rules and the judicial authority to oversee lawyer behavior.

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Speakers
avatar for Ken Abdo

Ken Abdo

Atty, Lommen Abdo PA
Ken Abdo is Chair of Lommen Abdo Law Firm’s Entertainment Law Department which has served as legal counsel to music, film, TV, theatre, literary publishing and media artists for 30 years. Clients include multiple Grammy® award recipients, gold and platinum recording artists, motion... Read More →
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Yocel Alonso

Attorney & Counselor, AlonsoLaw


Friday March 20, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Room 9BC Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

CLE 2: Licensing Made Difficult: Issues Clearing Music Rights
Licensing music is often a difficult exercise, even for professionals. At the same time, advances in digital distribution and production technology make it easy to participate in culture, including through the production of user-generated content and music mashups. Is it time to retool copyright? Solutions to make licensing music easier include registries, compulsory licenses, and voluntary collective licensing. The panel explores today’s music licensing challenges and the proposals to alleviate them, including the latest from the Copyright Office.

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Speakers
avatar for Mark Avsec

Mark Avsec

Partner, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP
Mark E. Avsec is a partner and Vice-Chair of the Innovations, Information Technology & Intellectual Property Practice Group of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP. Mr. Avsec provides general legal support to various types of museums, technology, consumer products, media, music... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Liebenson

Jeff Liebenson

Principal, Liebenson Law
Jeff Liebenson is President of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, and a Principal of Liebenson Law in New York City.
avatar for Tim Matson

Tim Matson

Atty, Lommen Abdo PA
Tim Matson is a transactional lawyer, litigator and intellectual property attorney with over 20 years of experience representing musicians, filmmakers, media talent, writers, visual artists and other creators of artistic works in all aspects of their entertainment careers. Tim has... Read More →
avatar for Christine Pepe

Christine Pepe

AVP Business & Legal Affairs, ASCAP
Christine Pepe is the AVP Business & Legal Affairs at the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP), the nation's leading performing rights organization. At ASCAP, Ms. Pepe structures and negotiates a wide variety of license agreements with various music users, including... Read More →


Friday March 20, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 9BC Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

Mentor Session: Nick Rosenberg
Mentor Sessions provide an opportunity to receive more personalized input than a larger panel can offer. Sessions are scheduled in ten-minute increments. Online sign-ups for Mentor Sessions will close the day before each session occurs. On the day of the session, you can still sign up in person if slots are available.

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Speakers
avatar for Nick Rosenberg

Nick Rosenberg

Nixon Peabody LLP
I represent recording artists, songwriters, music producers, record labels, TV & radio personalities, management companies and others in the entertainment business. My practice focuses on transactional entertainment, media and licensing matters representing both creative individuals... Read More →


Friday March 20, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 8AB Austin Convention Center

2:00pm

CLE 3: Art Laws and Outlaws: Legal Issues in Music Graphics
This panel will take a look at the art used to promote and celebrate popular music, and the attendant legal issues and competing interests – the rights, possibilities, and pitfalls – confronting graphic artists, bands, and their representatives, concert promoters, collectors, dealers, and third-party licensees, and assignees.

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Speakers
avatar for Dirk Fowler

Dirk Fowler

Assoc Professor of Art, f2design
Dirk Fowler is an Associate Professor of Art at Texas Tech University and one half of “f2design”, a graphic design studio he operates with his wife Carol, in Lubbock, Texas. His unusually simple concert poster designs are printed using antique letterpress equipment. Most of his... Read More →
avatar for Nels Jacobson

Nels Jacobson

Assoc Professor of Art, Jagmo
Attorney and graphic artist Nels Jacobson has practiced in the areas of trademark, copyright, and entertainment law since 1996. He is licensed to practice in California, Michigan, Tennessee, and Texas, and is registered as a patent attorney by the USPTO. He has done stints both as... Read More →


Friday March 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Room 9BC Austin Convention Center

2:00pm

Mentor Session: Julian Petty
Mentor Sessions provide an opportunity to receive more personalized input than a larger panel can offer. Sessions are scheduled in ten-minute increments. Online sign-ups for Mentor Sessions will close the day before each session occurs. On the day of the session, you can still sign up in person if slots are available.

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Speakers
avatar for Julian Petty

Julian Petty

Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
Julian K. Petty is a Partner at the international law firm Nixon Peabody LLP. He is a member of the firm’s intellectual property counseling and transactions group where he leads the entertainment practice.


Friday March 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Room 8AB Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

CLE 4: Unhappy Together - The Turtles with Sirius XM
In late 2014, federal courts in California and New York ruled against Sirius XM for refusing to pay royalties on their broadcasts of sound recordings made prior to 1972. These so-called “Flo & Eddie Cases” (because they were brought by the founding members of the rock group “The Turtles”) could result in a huge financial windfall for many heritage artists and their record companies. They also touch the third rail issue of performance royalties for sound recordings and how they are currently paid differently for interactive media (Spotify) versus non-interactive media (Pandora) versus terrestrial media (where they are not paid at all). The panel will look at these cases and their implications.

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Speakers
avatar for Bob Donnelly

Bob Donnelly

Atty, Lommen Abdo PA
Bob Donnelly has been a full-time music lawyer for 40 years. He has represented artists or managers of artists who have sold 300 million albums. His clients include members of the Rock and Roll and the Jazz Halls of Fame. Donnelly was given much of the credit for settling a case with... Read More →
avatar for Steve Gordon

Steve Gordon

Atty, Steve Gordon Law
Steven R. Gordon (NYU Law 1981) is an entertainment attorney specializing in music, television, film and video. He also provides music and sample clearance services for producers and distributors of documentaries, feature films, TV shows, ad campaigns, concert videos, musical theater... Read More →
avatar for Henry Gradstein

Henry Gradstein

Atty, Gradstein & Marzano
Henry Gradstein has over 30 years of experience litigating and trying a wide variety of entertainment, intellectual property and complex business cases, including a top-ten jury verdict against PBS in California and numerous other multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. He... Read More →


Friday March 20, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 9BC Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Mentor Session: Chris Phillips
Mentor Sessions provide an opportunity to receive more personalized input than a larger panel can offer. Sessions are scheduled in ten-minute increments. Online sign-ups for Mentor Sessions will close the day before each session occurs. On the day of the session, you can still sign up in person if slots are available.

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Speakers
avatar for Chris Phillips

Chris Phillips

Partner, Trainer Shepherd Phillips Melin LLP


Friday March 20, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 8AB Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Mentor Session: Lynn Gonzalez
Mentor Sessions provide an opportunity to receive more personalized input than a larger panel can offer. Sessions are scheduled in ten-minute increments. Online sign-ups for Mentor Sessions will close the day before each session occurs. On the day of the session, you can still sign up in person if slots are available.

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Speakers
avatar for Lynn Gonzalez

Lynn Gonzalez

VP of Business & Legal Affairs, Island Records/Def Jam Records


Friday March 20, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 8AB Austin Convention Center
 
Saturday, March 21
 

11:00am

CLE 5: Don't Ask/Don't Get: Advanced Contract Negotiations and Pitfalls
This panel will identify and tackle various pitfalls in advanced negotiations of key music industry contracts. It will break down recording artist/distribution agreements, management agreements, and producer/production agreements and identify those important areas that should not be overlooked. The panel will discuss these pitfalls from both the company and artist perspective.

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Speakers
avatar for Paul Bezilla

Paul Bezilla

Atty, Lommen Abdo PA
Paul Bezilla is a shareholder at Lommen Abdo Law Firm. For over 25 years, he has provided legal services for an array of high profile individuals and companies in the entertainment industry. His practice encompasses music, film, television, IP, technology, software and licensing... Read More →
avatar for Amy E Mitchell

Amy E Mitchell

Ent Atty, Amy E Mitchell PLLC
Amy E. Mitchell is a transactional lawyer based in Austin, Texas, who practices entertainment law with a focus on music, television, and film law issues. She has been licensed to practice law in Texas since 2004 and represents emerging artists and entrepreneurs as well as established... Read More →
avatar for Lynn Morrow

Lynn Morrow

Atty, Adams and Reese LLP
Lynn Morrow joined Adams and Reese in 2001 to assist in the development of the firm’s Entertainment and New Media Practice Group. Lynn is the Partner in Charge of the firm's Nashville Music Row office. A former litigator in Southern California, Lynn moved to Nashville in 1992 to... Read More →


Saturday March 21, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Room 9BC Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

CLE 6: Litigation: The Cases We Need to Know
This panel explores the practical impact of recent court rulings involving, among other essential topics, copyright co-ownership disputes, joint ventures between record labels, publicity rights in performance footage, attorney fees in music royalty disputes, talent discoverers’ rights in artists they find, and the costs for obtaining court injunctions in battles over band names. 

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Speakers
avatar for D'Lesli Davis

D'Lesli Davis

Attorney, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP
D'Lesli M. Davis Norton Rose Fulbright Dallas
avatar for Stan Soocher

Stan Soocher

Assoc Professor, Music & Ent Industry Studies, University of Colorado Denver
Stan Soocher is the long-time Editor-in-Chief of Entertainment Law & Finance and a tenured Associate Professor of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies at the University of Colorado’s Denver Campus. In addition, Stan is an entertainment attorney and, in November 2014, he received... Read More →


Saturday March 21, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 9BC Austin Convention Center

2:00pm

CLE 7: Still Screaming About Streaming
Streaming services are hailed as the "saviors" of the music industry yet artists and songwriters are not so sure. What should their lawyers think?  In this session, the former General Counsel at the National Music Publishers Association, Pandora's counsel in its lawsuits vs. ASCAP and BMI, and Senior Counsel at SoundExchange square off for an examination of the current state of affairs for both artists, songwriters, publishers, labels, and music services in non-interactive streaming. 

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Speakers
avatar for Brad Prendergast

Brad Prendergast

Senior Counsel Licensing & Enforcement, SoundExchange
As Senior Counsel for Licensing & Enforcement, Brad helps music services that rely on the government’s statutory license (administered by SoundExchange) to fulfill their obligations under the law. That means making sure services pay royalties and report playlists accurately and... Read More →
avatar for Jay Rosenthal

Jay Rosenthal

Partner, Jay Rosenthal Law LLC Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp
Jay Rosenthal practices Entertainment/Copyright Law in Washington, D.C., specializing in public policy, transactional, and litigation matters. For the past seven years, Mr. Rosenthal served as Senior VP and General Counsel at the National Music Publishers’ Association. Prior to... Read More →
avatar for John Simson

John Simson

Atty, Lommen Abdo PA
John L. Simson has been involved in the music industry since his 1971 signing as a recording artist. His career has included stints as a manager: managing Grammy-winning artists; an entertainment lawyer: currently of-counsel to the firm, Lommen Abdo; an executive: assisting in the... Read More →
avatar for Kenneth Steinthal

Kenneth Steinthal

Atty, King & Spalding
Ken Steinthal is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice in King & Spalding’s San Francisco office. He litigates matters in the IP/media sector, before trial and appellate courts and copyright tribunals in the United States and internationally.


Saturday March 21, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Room 9BC Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

CLE 8: The Challenging Future of Artist Representation
As the music economy changes, so too do the priorities for artist representatives. The new music order requires a different focus and creative efforts to develop, break, and sustain an artist career. The monetization of Artist talent, content and rights must be carefully negotiated and protected in transactions. Lawyers and managers in particular are tasked as professionals and fiduciaries to advise and make the right deals. This panel of lawyers and managers will identify and analyze the challenges and opportunities for artist (and their representatives’) careers.

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Speakers
avatar for Ken Abdo

Ken Abdo

Atty, Lommen Abdo PA
Ken Abdo is Chair of Lommen Abdo Law Firm’s Entertainment Law Department which has served as legal counsel to music, film, TV, theatre, literary publishing and media artists for 30 years. Clients include multiple Grammy® award recipients, gold and platinum recording artists, motion... Read More →
avatar for Kyle Frenette

Kyle Frenette

Mgr, Middle West Inc
Kyle Frenette is co-founder and an acting artist manager at Middle West, an independent artist management firm with offices in Minneapolis, MN, Durham, NC and Brooklyn, NY.
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Steve Hutton

Mgr, Uppercut Managment
avatar for Dina LaPolt

Dina LaPolt

Mgr, LaPolt Law PC
Dina LaPolt, Esq. is an attorney at LaPolt Law, P.C., a boutique transactional entertainment law firm in West Hollywood, California that specializes in representing creators, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, musicians, authors, writers, photographers, actors, and... Read More →
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Edward Pierson

Attorney, Middle West Inc


Saturday March 21, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 9BC Austin Convention Center