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Music Business Intensive: Copyright and Contracts for Musicians

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Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company

3200 Magazine Street

New Orleans, LA 70115

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Seven week Music Business Intensive. All sessions run Tuesdays from 2:00 to 4:00 from March 12th to April 23rd.

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The Music Business Intensive series is a 7-week program designed to educate musicians on the essential topics that form the foundation of the modern music industry, in order to empower artists to control their own work and make smart decisions to grow their careers. Building from an introductory "basics" class that covers the essentials of what a copyright is, what rights are included, and how revenue can be generated from copyrights, the advanced series will dive deeper into the complex world of record labels, publishing companies, and online streaming. The series will also include information on the legal and business issues that artists will face while navigating the changing music industry as an independent entity. Organized by Ella Project volunteers and local entertainment attorneys Max Hass and Bri Whetstone and supported with funding from the Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans, The Intensive features presentations from industry professionals, small discussion, and networking opportunities with others involved in the music industry.

All workshops are on Tuesdays from 2:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon, and are held on the Second floor of Gulf Coast Bank, 3200 Magazine St in New Orleans.

Schedule: 

Tuesday, March 12th Copyright & Contract Basics                                                           What is a copyright, what rights are included, how artists can use contracts to protect important copyright rights.

Tuesday, March 19 Publishing. Musical compositions and "publishing" rights & revenue streams; working with publishing companies.

Tuesday, March 26th Masters. Sound recordings and "master" rights & revenue streams; working with record labels.

Tuesday, April 2nd Performing Rights Organizations (PROs) and Online Streaming. What do ASCAP and BMI do for artists? We also break down all of the different types of royalties related to online streaming.

Tuesday, April 9th Putting it all together with Contracts: The Paperwork Side of records.  We walk through all of the contracts and other paperwork essential for an independent recording project.

Tuesday, April 16th. Running Your Band / Music Project Like a Business LLCs and band agreements, trademarks, marketing, and discussing managers and booking agents.

Tuesday, April 23rd. Releasing, Pitching, and Monetizing Your Music                      Planning and timing the release, pitching to labels and publishers, finding ways to monetize independently (licensing, fundraising, etc.)

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