CLE 8: Music Lawyer Utopia
Been there, seen that, done that and now what? How will lawyers survive and thrive in the current and future music industry paradigm?
The GRAMMY Foundation/MusiCares
Los Angeles, Vice President, Foundations. Goldman joined the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares in December 2005. Prior to that he was Vice President of Development at City of Hope. From 1991-2005 he ran the organization’s fundraising efforts within the music and entertainment industries. He also oversaw City of Hope’s network of 10 regional fundraising offices around the country. He began his fundraising career in 1983 with United Cerebral Palsy, joined the March of Dimes in 1985 and founded the Northern California Chapter of the RP Foundation Fighting Blindness in 1987. Since May 2009 Goldman has been a regular moderator and host of the Public Programs Series at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles. Goldman is also a professional musician appearing at clubs and festivals around the country. A native of New York, Goldman received his Bachelor of Science degree in theatre from Skidmore College.
Warner Music Group
Lommen Abdo Cole King & Stageberg PA
Ken Abdo is Chair of Lommen Abdo Law Firm’s Entertainment Law Department which has served as legal counsel to music, film, TV, theatre, literary publishing and media artists for 30 years. Clients include multiple Grammy® award recipients, gold and platinum recording artist’s motion picture and Emmy® award winning TV talent and productions, regional and Broadway theater talent and productions, literary authors and media talent. Following earlier years as a musician and entertainer, his legal career has been recognized for successful work with developing artists, legacy artists, and music artist estates. His commitment to artist advocacy and the legal profession have led him to national leadership positions with The Recording Academy, The American Bar Association and other organizations. He is a co-author of the textbook “Law and Business of the Entertainment Industries.” He was again selected to “Best Lawyers in America” in 2013 and has earned Martindale Hubbell’s “AV Preeminent” rating.