Entertainment law is a highly competitive practice in which the lawyer often assumes nontraditional legal roles and responsibilities. In the last decade, the lawyer’s role has become even more complex as emerging technologies and industry changes have compounded existing ethical issues. Business models have shifted as music entities struggle to find new and innovative revenue streams, creating new contractual structures that inherently alter artist-attorney and artist-manager relations. How can attorneys, artists and managers recognize and avoid possible ethical violations?
Webcasting rates. Copyright clauses. Media ownership. Spectrum policy. In a surprising number of cases, how musicians and songwriters are compensated, and how much access they have to the media, are affected by policies made in Washington, DC. This workshop will review some of today’s key legislative issues, and talk about why musicians need to have a voice in the debates, and how you can get involved.
Featuring: Michael Bracy, Policy Director, Future of Music Coaltion Helen Bruner, Producer, Songwriter, and Grammy-nominated artist, Phil’erzy Productions Candace Clement, Campaign Coordinator, Free Press read more
With technology so drastically changing the music landscape, there are suddenly dozens of new ways that artists can generate revenue. In addition to money from traditional CD sales and live shows, there’s now income from digital downloads, digital performance royalties from airplay on internet or satellite radio, as well as licensing for film, TV or video games, even merchandising. Co-hosted by Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, this workshop will survey all the sources of revenue out there, and tell you how you can ensure you collect all the money you’re entitled to.
Featuring: Paul Rapp, Owner, The Law Office of Paul C. Rapp Marcy Rauer Wagman, Associate Professor, Drexel University; CEO and Founder, MAD Dragon UNLTDread more
With every passing month, there are even more new social networking tools that musicians can use to promote their music and reach out to fans. Now the problem is one of abundance: which ones work? To what should musicians dedicate their resources and time? In this not-to-be-missed workshop, two of the smartest social networking experts in the universe will share tips and describe successful campaigns crafted by smart musicians.
Featuring: Ariel Hyatt, Founder and Owner, Ariel Cyber PR Charlie McEnerney, Founder and Producer, Well-Rounded Radio read more
Thanks to the internet, there are now a mind-boggling array of tools and services that help musicians and independent labels promote, distribute and sell their music. But which services work? What are the best strategies for promotion? Which are compensating musicians, labels and songwriters, and how? This workshop starts witha virtual tour of many of the existing business models and includes a conversation with marketing experts who are involved in some of today’s most exciting music-technology platforms.
Kristin Thomson Education Director, Future of Music Coalition Representative from ReverbNation read more