Beame & Mencher LLP Presents:
Songwriters Law Seminar
- a three-part series on the business of music, songwriters, and music publishing -
- now featuring an A&R listening session -
The Songwriters Law Seminar is…
Verse Two: Publishing Contracts (& Other Licensing Deal Terms) (5/5/12)
In part two of the seminar, we’ll introduce the role of the music publisher. This part explores the different types of publishing agreements and the particular deal points to be negotiated. We will also discuss the major deal terms of any licensing contract, focusing on licenses for film, television, commercial, and video games. At the conclusion of this seminar, we’ll discuss the importance of treating your career like a business and walk you through the steps for creating your own business as songwriter/self-publisher; and we’ll present the additional factors a business person should consider in creating a full-fledged publishing company.
- The role of a music publisher.
- Material contract terms of a co-publishing and administration agreement.
- Other music licenses and the important deal points to negotiate.
- Starting your own music company – business formation 101.
A&R: Michelle Fantus, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Michelle Fantus has worked at Sony/ATV Music Publishing since 2007. As an A&R Manager, Michelle scouts new songwriters and artists, arranges co-writes and plugs songs for major-label artist projects. She has been instrumental in notable signings such as Skizzy Mars, The New Limb, He Is We (Universal Republic), and Karmin (Epic Records).
Verse Three: Singer-Songwriters and Recording Agreements – Implications on Publishing (6/2/12)
- Musical Composition & Sound Recording – Knowing the Different Rights and Organizations.
- Which Came First?: Publishing Deal or Recording Contract.
- The Impact of the Controlled Composition Clause on Publishing.
- “360 Deals” and their Impact on Music Publishing (if any).
Verse One: Copyright & Collaboration – Protecting Your Work and Earning Money (4/14/12)
In this part, we will learn about the role copyright law plays in a songwriter’s career and discuss ways of earning money from songwriting (and how to obtain a copyright). We will also explore songwriter collaboration – common oversights made during the process and the importance of a songwriter agreement.
- What is a copyright and how do I get one?
- How do I make a living from my songs?
- What should I know about collaboration before I embark on one?
A&R: Greg Johnson, SONGS Music Publishing
Greg Johnson is Senior A&R at SONGS Music Publishing, a boutique publishing company based out of New York, Los Angeles and London. SONGS represents writers & producers such as J.D Walker (Jason Derulo), Brian Lee (Lady Gaga), Warren Trotter (Kanye West), Matthew Thiessen (Kelly Clarkson) and artists including Sleigh Bells, Q-Tip, Bright Eyes, and The Dirty Heads. Prior to joining SONGS in 2009, Greg worked at Atlantic and Lava Records from 2000 – 2008.
When & Where
Beame & Mencher LLP
Beame & Mencher LLP is a boutique law practice based in New York City providing legal advice and counsel primarily in the entertainment, new media, culinary arts, and technology industries.