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Music Business Seminar 2016



January 16, 2016
California Lawyers for the Arts  presents
33rd annual music business seminar

BLACK BOX THEATER: WEST SACRAMENTO COMMUNITY CENTER
1075 W Capitol Ave, West Sacramento, CA 95691




Saturday, January 16th - 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Featuring live music, keynote, free attorney on-on-ones, and expert panels packed with valuable information!

 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: TODD & JEFF BRABEC

Brabec Cover

FREE copy of "MUSIC, MONEY & SUCCESS: The Insider's Guide to Making Money in the Music Industry" with every paid registration!  [$29.95 cover price]

Millions dream of attaining glamour and wealth through music. This book reveals the secrets of the music business that have made fortunes for the superstars. A must-have for every songwriter, performer, musician and music industry professional. The authors will sign books following their keynote presentation.

This comprehensive 512 page book covers music publishing, recording, composing, contracts, royalties, song licensing, foreign income, new media, the internet, and much more!


Dave-Bass-CoverMusical Performances throughout the day, including renowned jazz performer DAVE BASS.  In February 2015, Dave released NYC SESSIONS which soon hit #5 on the national JazzWeek Radio charts. NYC SESSIONS received a coveted 4-STAR review from Downbeat Magazine where Jon Garelick wrote that its “success is due in part to Bass’ savvy as an arranger and programmer, and also to his top-notch crew, not to mention his own sparkling keyboard work.”

 


Soocher-CoverMeet Stan Soocher, who will be signing his new book, "Baby You're a Rich Man: Suing the Beatles for Fun & Profit."

Part Beatles history, part legal thriller, Baby You're a Rich Man begins in the era when manager Brian Epstein opened the Pandora's box of rock 'n' roll merchandising, making a hash of the band's licensing and inviting multiple lawsuits in the United States and the United Kingdom.

In Baby You're a Rich Man, Stan Soocher ties the Beatles' ongoing legal troubles to some of their most enduring songs. What emerges is a stirring portrait of immense creative talent thriving under the pressures of ill will, harassment, and greed.

 

EVENT PANELS:

1. HOW TO GET YOUR MUSIC IN FILM, TV & VIDEO GAMES

Panel Moderator, Cari Cohorn, Esq.

How to Get Your Music in Film, TV, and Video Games:  Industry professionals will provide practical advice for musicians seeking to have their work placed in movies, television shows, and games, as well as insight into the business and legal issues (and potential pitfalls) involved in such placements.

Panelists:
Ryan Vinson, VersusMedia.com
Maryam Soleiman, The Rights Workshop
Tony Berman, Esq.
Erik Metzger, Intel Corp.


2. THE YEAR IN MUSIC LEGAL ISSUES

Panel Moderator, Mark Pearson, Esq.

An informative and entertaining look back at some of the interesting and often controversial music industry lawsuits from 2015.

Panelists:
Stan Soocher, Esq., Associate Professor of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies at the University of Colorado
Ben Shaw, Esq.
Cliff Ford, P.O.L. Society Music
Todd Morgan, Musician
Bonnie Kneitel, Program Director, California Lawyers for the Arts, Mediation Services


3.  TECHNOLOGY AND ITS IMPACT ON CREATIVITY & ECONOMICS IN MUSIC

Panel Moderator, Edward R. Hearn, Esq.

This panel will explore the issues of technology (including patents) in the creation and distribution of music, including the scope of rights for derivative and transformative works, alternate distribution options, and streaming music services and their economics.

Panelists:
Al Evers,A Train Entertainment
Patrick Reilly, Esq.
Dilyn Radakovitz, Dimple Records
Keith Cooper, Esq.

 

4. KEYNOTE ADDRESS:  MUSIC, MONEY & SUCCESS IN THE 21st CENTURY

Todd & Jeff Brabec present a positive message about how to make money and succeed in the current music industry landscape.

 

5. THE FUTURE OF MUSIC

Panel Moderator, Eric Chun

Industry professionals will discuss where we have been and where the future of music will lead both in the U.S. and throughout the world.

Panelists:
Michael Solomon, Esq.
Uduak Oduok, Esq.
Brooke Wentz, Seven Seas Music
J. Kevin Cain, GMPR Music Group, LLC


INCLUDES:

  • FREE Lunch
  • FREE copy of the book "Music, Money & Success" (a $29.95 value)
  • 4 Hours of California MCLE Credit
  • Featuring live music throughout the day
  • Sign-up for FREE attorney one-on-sessions
  • An online MCLE workbook will be available during the program. Access the workbook with your phone, tablet or laptop


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ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS

TONY BERMAN.  
Tony Berman is the founder of Berman Entertainment and Technology Law. He focuses his law practice on entertainment contract negotiation, entertainment-related organization formation and copyright and trademark protection, representing music industry insiders including record companies, producers, executives, writers and artists. He teaches the Negotiation and Drafting of Entertainment Contracts at Golden Gate University School of Law. He has been a featured on CNN and in Wired. Prior to practicing law, Tony worked in the entertainment industry as a manager, producer, performer and presenter.



KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: TODD BRABEC.  Todd Brabec, former ASCAP Executive Vice President, is an Entertainment Law Attorney and consultant, a Deems Taylor Award winning co-author of "Music Money and Success: the Insiders Guide to Making Money in the Music Business"(7th edition/ Schirmer Books), an Adjunct Professor at USC teaching music licensing, publishing and film, television and video game score and song contracts and a Governing Committee member of the American Bar Association. He was awarded the Texas Star Award for significant contributions to Entertainment Law and the MEIEA Leadership in Education Award.

JEFF BRABEC.  Jeff Brabec is Vice President of Business Affairs for BMG Chrysalis (representing the catalogues of OutKast, Sheryl Crow, Gnarls Barkley, Danger Mouse, John Denver, Leon Russell, My Morning Jacket, Blondie, David Bowie, Paul Anka, Billy Idol, Jethro Tull,The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, A3 (The Sopranos television theme), TV On The Radio and Ray LaMontagne).  He specializes in evaluating, analyzing, projecting income and negotiating music publishing catalogue acquisitions as well as songwriter, co-publishing, participation, administration, sub-publishing and joint venture agreements.  He has negotiated more than 1,000 movie, television, video, new technology and advertising commercial agreements for chart writers,writer-recording artists and writer-producers.


J. KEVIN CAIN .  J. Kevin Cain, aka " The GrooveMaster" is the CEO and founding member of The GMPR Music Group. He is a motivational speaker, producer, recording engineer, touring and session bassist. Mr. Cain began playing bass in his elementary school orchestra when he was six years old and has been playing for almost 30 years. A family friend, legendary bluesman, John Heartsman, gave 13 year old Kevin a semi acoustic electric bass and took him on tour through Europe to play bass with John's band. Kevin has been playing professionally around the world ever since. 





ERIC CHUN .  Eric Chun is the owner of Creative Music  Services, Northern California’s leading music industry and production business and Professor and founder of the Music Business program at American River College. Mr. Chun brings over 50 years of music performance, production, and industry experience and education to the Sacramento Region. He is on the State Board Of Directors of California Lawyers for the Arts, and BOD of NFocus Entertainment, in Orange County. He is currently co-writing on the new film music site, In The Loop. He divides his time between composing,  pop music writing for Universal Music, touring, clinics, endorsements, record production, videos, and artist consultation. He is an ASCAP writer and SAG AFTRA member. 


CARI COHORN.  Cari A. Cohorn is a San Francisco-based attorney whose entertainment law practice encompasses litigation, transactional matters, and counseling clients, primarily in the music and motion picture industries.  Before founding Cohorn Law in March 2015, Cari was a partner with Phillips, Erlewine, Given & Carlin LLP, a law firm with a long history of representing musical artists, including such Bay Area favorites as The Doobie Brothers and the Dead Kennedys. Cari has expertise in copyright, trademark, and royalties disputes and views. She believes that protecting artists’ rights is the priority.



KEITH L. COOPER.  Keith L. Cooper, attorney, manages de la Pena & Holliday in Los Angeles, representing clients in copyright and trademark matters, including acquisition, protection and licensing, and negotiates entertainment agreements related to recording, merchandising, authorship, songwriting, production, management, distribution, works for hire, internet privacy and terms of use. He has represented a variety of clients in the music industry. In 1999, he was Project Manager for the Recording Academy (GRAMMY Awards). Prior to law school, he worked at Geffen Records and Atlantic Records, as the proprietor of a successful entertainment company promoting rock bands and clubs.



AL EVERS .  Al Evers is the founder and owner of A Train Entertainment, founded as an option for independent artists to receive professional assistance in developing and managing their musical careers. Over the years, A Train has expanded its services to include: publishing administration, artist management, physical and digital distribution, international sales and more. A Train administers over 200,000 song titles while allowing artists to maintain ownership. A Train's catalog of digitally distributed titles doubled last year, averaging 50 new albums per month.




CLIFF FORD. Growing up in Michigan, Cliff Ford is a seasoned musician having performed around the Detroit music scene in the late 1970’s and early 80’s while learning music business and production skills. In 2014, Cliff founded the record label, artist management and music production company, P.O.L. Society Music and launched the website www.polsoceitymusic.com, which features various artists.






NED HEARN. For over 35 years, the Law Offices of Edward R. Hearn has focused on intellectual property and business matters related to creative artists and media-based companies, concentrating on the entertainment, internet and  computer software businesses. Mr. Hearn co-authored MUSICIANS’S GUIDE TO COPYRIGHT and THE MUSICIAN’S BUSINESS AND LEGAL GUIIDE.



BONNIE KNEITEL. Bonnie Kneitel is California Lawyers for the Arts' Director of Mediation Services. She is the lead case manager and trainer, and  mediates for CLA's Civil Harassment Court Program. Since she began her work with CLA in 2008, Ms. Kneitel has  helped to develop several programs including a robust mediation skills training program,  the Mediators' Circle, a networking and continuing education program for dispute resolution professionals and Youth Mediators in Schools (YMS), a peer to peer mediation program serving Sacramento County.




ERIK METZGER. Erik Metzger is a senior IP attorney at Intel Corporation, a board member of California Lawyers for the Arts, and a musician/composer.  He has worked on music placements both as an attorney and musician for large motion pictures, TV shows, and commercials.








TODD MORGAN. Songwriter Todd's music is influenced by a century of America’s most popular genres, his songs talk to each of us in their own way, whether in the moment or memories.  To hear Todd is, in many ways, to take a musical trip back to the cradle of rock 'n roll, with his own style and amazing talent.Todd's newest album, "Sweet Pretender", was released locally in August 2015, and will soon go national and international.  Todd also won the West Coast Songwriters' 2015 Finals held in Berkeley Ca. with song, Running Wild, from His new Sweet Pretender LP.





UDUAK ODUOK. Uduak Oduok is a speaker, attorney, journalist, author and recognized visionary and trailblazer. She is the founder of Ladybrille, an award nominated pioneer digital magazine celebrating brilliant women in business with an emphasis on Africa.She is the founder of the pioneering law blog ‘Africa Music Law,’  focused on the legal issues affecting the entertainment industry. She has just completed her first music law book for Nigeria and Africa's entertainment industry.



MARK A. PEARSON, ESQ. Mark A. Pearson is a founding partner at ARC Law Group , a San Francisco  law firm focused on counseling creative, talented and entrepreneurial clients.  His primary practice areas involve forming business entities and trademark & copyright issues, Mark has negotiated deals with Disney, HBO, LucasFilm (Skywalker Sound), the Golden State Warriors and MTV Networks. Mark also serves as the Legal Chair on the Board of Governors for the San Francisco/Nor-Cal Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).



DILYN ROMELLE RADAKOVITZ. Dilyn and her husband John own Dimple Records which now has seven retail stores and a internet division. She is also associated with The Department of Record Stores and works on their Board as Treasurer.  This group started RECORD STORE DAY work ing with other  retailers to  promote the music business.  Dilyn is also on The Board of Music Biz formerly known as NARM.  Music Biz represents, labels, artists, retailers, distribution companies and others in the entertainment field.  




PATRICK REILLY, ESQ. Patrick Reilly, Esq.  is an intellectual property attorney and the founder of Intellectual Property Society.  His law practice encompasses patent prosecution,  trademark prosecution and assertion, label and brand copyright protection and assertion, trade secret policy, creative rights management, and IP issues of start-up formation. He is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute (Monterey). Patrick is a member of the U.S. Patent Bar and the California State Bar.




BEN SHAW, ESQ.  Ben Shaw is the Lead Entertainment Counsel at Framework Law Group based in Los Angeles. Ben's focus is entertainment, business and intellectual property. He has been a musician since he was five years old and prior to becoming a lawyer worked as a recording engineer. Ben's substantial musical background and understanding of the law gives him the unique ability to view the legal landscape from an artist's perspective with a lawyer's lens. Ben spends his spare time writing music and singing to the coyotes in Laurel Canyon.




MARYAM SOLEIMAN. Maryam began her career in entertainment law over a decade ago, then went on to work at Live Nation in its business and legal affairs. In 2008 she joined The Rights Workshop and has since amassed several music supervision credits. She administers music rights for Bread & Roses, Gold Toes Ent. and Seven Seas Music, an international sync-licensing catalog co-launched with Brooke in 2015.  Her work combines a passion for music, media and deal-making. She is a graduate of UCLA and California Western School of Law.




MICHAEL SOLOMON. Mike Solomon  grew up surrounded by music in the wholesale record business founded by his father, Russ Solomon. In 1987 at the request of his father, Mike left his private law practice to return to Sacramento to join Tower Records as Company Legal Counsel, a role that he had until 1998 when he became CEO. After leaving Tower in 2003, Michael managed the Solomon-Dubnick Gallery, while also continuing his solo law practice and maintaining his passion as a “street photographer.” Michael, to this day, enjoys and appreciates all aspects of music and other fine arts, both as a purveyor and consumer.


STAN SOOCHER, ESQ. Stan Soocher is Associate Professor of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies at the University of Colorado's Denver Campus, where he served for three years as Music Department Chair. In addition, Stan is an entertainment attorney and the long-time Editor-in-Chief of the monthly Entertainment Law & Finance, an ALM Media publication. His new book is Baby You're a Rich Man: Suing the Beatles for Fun & Profit. He previously authored the investigative book They Fought the Law: Rock Music Goes to Court.




RYAN VINSON. Based in Los Angeles, Ryan has been a software developer for nearly 20 years. After working with various independent musician and filmmaker clients, in 2002 he started VersusMedia.com as a way to help independent filmmakers and musicians connect with each other. Since 2002. Some of these films have screened at Sundance, Cannes, and other international film festivals.  Now looking to the future, Ryan and VersusMedia.com are currently building a new site with new ideas focusing on connecting artists worldwide.




BROOKE WENTZ.  Brooke Wentz is an music rights executive who founded The Rights Workshop, a music supervision company specialized in securing music rights and licensing for emerging media. She is also the CEO of a newly launched international music discovery site called Seven Seas Music. As the former music director for ESPN, rights consultant to TechTV and A&R Administrator for Arista Records, Brooke authored Hey, That’s My Music!: Music Supervision, Licensing and Content Acquisition.




ABOUT OUR PERFORMERS


DONNA APIDONE
Donna Apidone hosts Morning Edition, Classical & CapRadio Reads for Capital Public Radio, serving Sacramento, the Central Valley and Tahoe/Reno. Donna has been addicted to radio since the age of 14, when she visited a family friend at a Cleveland radio station. "From then on, I was hooked." After working in commercial radio and corporate public relations, Donna discovered the joys of public radio. She has been an announcer and fundraiser at public stations for more than 25 years. She has served on the board of directors of a national animal rescue organization and an interfaith organization. She is a sought after speaker and facilitator. Her first book was available only to public radio stations. Her second, TransForMission, is available on Amazon.


DAVE BASS
Pianist/composer DAVE BASS retired as a Deputy Attorney General to devote himself once again to music 24/7; his 2015 release, NYC Sessions received a coveted 4 STARS in DownBeat, hit # 5 on the national jazz charts and featured NEA Master and multi-GRAMMY winner PHIL WOODS (RIP) who said "Man! This is a helluva recording. I love it and am very proud to be on it. It's swinging all the way and the overall balance of material is exquisite." DownBeat named Bass' “NYC Sessions” one of THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2015.



REID BARTLETT
Reid Bartlett is a 20 year old singer-songwriter, music producer and multi-instrumentalist who has been surrounded by music his entire life. He started playing guitar at the age of 8 and subsequently began writing his own music at the age of 13. Reid has written many songs for his previous band Stereo Ecstasy as well as  his current band, Daydreamers Symphony.
Reid recorded and engineered the albums for both Sterio Ecstacy, and Daydreamers Symphony.



MICK DeMILLE (Forrest Heise)
Vocalist Mick DeMille makes lush, orchestral, retro-modern sounding rock that features his glamorous image and multi-layered tenor singing style.DeMille was born Forrest Todd Heise in Seattle, WA. Fronting several bands including Anima Fracture and Moon Mantis, his live performances began to turn heads in the local scene. DeMille released the single, "Stay Down", under his given name, Forrest Heise, in 2013, before remaking himself into the androgynous pop-cutup character, Mick DeMille. DeMille’s EP, featuring the songs "Love In Blue" and "Killing Rain", will be released in early 2016.



RITA HOSKING
Rita writes and sings classic country-folk originals. She was raised in the far reaches of Northern California – in a haunted house on Hatchet Mountain, according to a story she told NPR’s Weekend Edition – and now lives in Davis, CA. Her sixth and latest album, Frankie and the No-Go Road, a thematic, hero's journey album described as bringing together “archetypal psychology and country music”. This album, like her last three, was produced by Rich Brotherton in Austin, Texas.The Telegraph, calling it “one of Americana’s finest concept albums,” gave Frankie 5 stars and included it in their top country albums of 2015.


RICHIE LAWRENCE & KATIE THOMAS
Richie Lawrence, (based in Sacramento, CA) piano and accordion player, singer, songwriter, member of the Ray Bonneville Band, sideman to I See Hawks In LA, founding member of Rotondi and The Loose Acoustic Trio, as well as his own band, The Yolos, partners with his wife, “The Angelic Voice” and songwriter, Katie Thomas, to share original songs addressing the myriad human predicament; lonely farmers, love and wonder, marriage proposal, suicide by train, a bossy cat, metaphors for consciousness, and general melancholia.



MADRONA TRIO. The Madroña Trio , flute, viola and harp has been performing together since 2007. All members are principal musicians with the Sacramento Philharmonic. The trio was designed to specialize in French music and represent the Philharmonic as a chamber ensemble to perform public & private concerts. In doing so they have been featured at high profile events in Sacramento as well as museums and art galleries.

TODD MORGAN
Todd's music is influenced by a century of America’s most popular genres, his songs talk to each of us in their own way, whether in the moment or memories. With strong songwriting skills and musicianship, this young dynamo of talent so audibly. To hear Todd is, in many ways, to take a musical trip back to the cradle of rock 'n roll, with his own style and amazing talent. Todd Morgan’s songs were chosen to be featured in the movie trailer "1959" one of which is "I Wanna Love You Right” The movie contains six of his original songs on the "Self-titled" album. The film company is Upperline Entertainment.




KATHIE ROLLINS - Musical Director for MBS2016
Music is her passion, her inspiration. Kathie is Artist Inspirations Coordinator for Real Music Live of Nfocus Entertainment, West Coast Songwriters Sac Valley Regional Director, Creative Music Services Event Coordinator and Promoter , Co Host of "Got To Have It" cmstvcalifornia, .Kathie also was Co Coordinator for Black Box Theater Songwriters Workshop & Acoustic Concert Series, on the Advisory Board of California Lawyers For The Arts, Performed at CLA 2013 Artistic  License Awards, on the Board of Directors of Music Never Stops Foundation, Coordinator of the CCD Expo All Star Guitar Show, Wardrobe Coordinator for the David Hasslehoff Tour. Kathie is the Musical Director for MBS 2016.




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Schedule of Events

8:30 - 9:25 AM: Registration and coffee. Music by The Madrona Trio from the Sacramento Philharmonic.

9:25 - 9:30 AM: Welcome by Donna Apidone, Master of Ceremonies

9:30 - 10:20 AM: HOW TO GET YOUR MUSIC IN FILM, TV & VIDEO GAMES
Panel Moderator, Cari Cohorn, Esq.
Industry professionals will provide practical advice for musicians seeking to have their work placed in movies, television shows, and games, as well as insight into the business and legal issues (and potential pitfalls) involved in such placements.

10:30 - 11:20 AM: THE YEAR IN MUSIC LEGAL ISSUES
Panel Moderator, Mark Pearson, Esq.
An informative and entertaining look back at some of the interesting and often controversial music industry lawsuits from 2015.

11:20 – 11:40 AM: CLA's Executive Director Alma Robinson and Associate Director Ellen Taylor

11:40 - 12:25 PM: LUNCH. Hosted by Hot Italian Pizza

12:30 - 1:40 PM: KEYNOTE ADDRESS by Todd and Jeff Brabec

1:40 - 1:50 PM: SOLO PERFORMANCE by  Jazz Pianist, Dave Bass whose album “NYC Sessions” is named by Downbeat as one of the Best Albums of 2015.

1:50 - 2:30 PM: Break and Book Signing – Book signing by the Brabec's, vendor tables and networking

2:30 - 3:20 PM: TECHNOLOGY AND ITS IMPACT ON CREATIVITY & ECONOMICS IN MUSIC
Panel Moderator, Edward R. Hearn, Esq.
This panel will explore the issues of technology (including patents) in the creation and distribution of music, including the scope of rights for derivative and transformative works, alternate distribution options, and streaming music services and their economics.

3:30 - 4:20 PM: Open Mic: 5 local artists of all genres will perform, including Richie Lawrence and Katie Thomas.

4:30 - 5:20 PM: Panel 5. THE FUTURE OF MUSIC
Panel Moderator, Eric Chun
Industry professionals will discuss where we have been and where the future of music will lead both in the U.S. and throughout the world.



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