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Published: 3/1/2012

Register Now for the Songwriters Law Seminar


Please join Beame & Mencher LLP at The Living Room for Songwriters Law Seminar – a three-verse series exploring the business of music, songwriters, and music publishing. Verse I will be held on Saturday, March 24th, 2012 from 4:00pm – 6:30pm, Verse II will be held on Saturday, April 14th, and Verse III on Saturday, May 5th. Register for each verse separately ($40.00) or the Three Verse Package ($100.00). Space is limited!

Verse One: Copyright & Collaboration – Protecting Your Work and Earning Money
April 14th, 2012 4:00pm at The Living Room

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.

Verse Two: Publishing Contracts (& Other Licensing Deal Terms)
May 5th, 2012 4:00pm at The Living Room

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.


Verse Three: Singer-Songwriters and Recording Agreements – Implications on Publishing
June 2nd, 2012 4:00pm at The Living Room

Part Three of the Songwriters Law Seminar focuses on songwriters that are also recording artists. This part explores the interplay between songwriting, publishing deals, and recording contracts – examining the differences in copyright protection between musical compositions (songs) and sound recordings (masters), highlighting the impact of the controlled composition clause of a recording agreement on a songwriter’s publishing, and looking to the role of the “360 deal” on the future of music publishing (if any).

• 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).

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).

Songwriters Law Seminar is presented at The Living Room in New York City. It will begin promptly at 4:00pm on the dates specified for each verse. For more information about Songwriters Law Seminar or Beame & Mencher LLP, visit our website. To submit for the A&R listening session, please provide track title and URL link to streaming in the registration form. All submissions must be made at least 1 week prior to each verse. If registering for the 3-verse package, you may submit up to 3 different tracks or have one track submitted to all 3 A&R participants.