Four Agreements Every Artist Needs to Understand
Thursday, March 17
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
If you're an independent artist, songwriter, producer or manager, this panel is for you! Four prominent entertainment lawyers dig into the key contracts you need to understand to be successful: Management, Label, Publishing, and Band Member agreements. You will learn key terminology, negotiation points, and the pitfalls you need to look out for. If you are serious about your career, then this is a must-attend panel.
Recognized as a digital music and entertainment thought leader, Deborah Newman founded MusicStrat in 2008 to combine her 20+ years of senior level experience in the music, television, home video an...Show the rest
Recognized as a digital music and entertainment thought leader, Deborah Newman founded MusicStrat in 2008 to combine her 20+ years of senior level experience in the music, television, home video and online/digital businesses with her interest in copyright and digital media. MusicStrat advises entertainment and technology companies on music content acquisition & licensing, digital distribution, strategic marketing and partner relations. Among her recent clients are turntable.fm, the social music start-up that lets you play and listen to music with friends, and Hear Lyrics, LLC, an innovative service combining social media discovery with songwriter lyrics and music.
Newman started her career at CBS Records in the 1970s, spearheading the company’s activities in television and music video. In 1984 she became VP Programming & Sales for Sony Music Video Enterprises (SMV), a new division charged with producing and distributing longform programming to the worldwide television and home video marketplace. Her work with artists such as Billy Joel, James Taylor, Public Enemy, Wynton Marsalis and others has garnered numerous accolades, including a George Foster Peabody Award and two CableAce Awards.
Newman was an early pioneer in e-commerce and digital distribution of music. As a senior marketing executive for several early online music companies — N2K’s online retailer Music Boulevard and digital subscription services FullAudio and Pressplay — her expertise in branding, advertising and strategic marketing helped create a new consumer framework for the music business.
From 2002-2005 Ms. Newman attended New York Law School, where she focused her studies on intellectual property, First Amendment and media/entertainment law. She is a member of the New York State Bar (admitted 2008), the American Bar Association (ABA), the Copyright Society of the USA, the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL), The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) and Women in Digital Media.
Following law school, Newman served as VP Industry Relations & Licensing for Muze, a provider of digital entertainment content and services to online and mobile distributors of music. She also served as business affairs consultant for Catalyst Mobile, a San Francisco mobile entertainment company that developed a cross-platform music discovery and download service called SoLaTi for deployment in China.
A former classical pianist, Newman holds a B.A. in Music from Brandeis University, where she was also Music Director of WBRS-FM, an influential college radio station in the 70s.Hide the rest
Steve Gordon Law
Steven R. Gordon (NYU Law 1981) is an entertainment attorney specializing in music, television, film and video. He also provides music and sample clearance services for producers and distributors o...Show the rest
Steven R. Gordon (NYU Law 1981) is an entertainment attorney specializing in music, television, film and video. He also provides music and sample clearance services for producers and distributors of documentaries, feature films, TV shows, ad campaigns, concert videos, musical theater and stand-alone digital projects. He is the author of The Future of the Music Business (Hal Leonard 4th ed. 2015). Mr. Gordon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.Hide the rest
The Law Offices of Robert A Celestin
Mr. Robert A. Celestin, Esq. has practiced entertainment law for over 25 years and started his legal career as an Associate at the corporate law firm, Kaye, Scholer, et. el. He then went on to work...Show the rest
Mr. Robert A. Celestin, Esq. has practiced entertainment law for over 25 years and started his legal career as an Associate at the corporate law firm, Kaye, Scholer, et. el. He then went on to work in the legal department of Arista Records before becoming the VP/GM of Uptown Records, the label responsible for launching the careers of “Mary J. Blige," “Jodeci," etc. and worked alongside Sean “P-Diddy” Combs. He later went to work for Untouchables Entertainment as VP/GM and was instrumental in the success of “Pete Rock & CL Smooth," “Intro," and “Donnell Jones." Mr. Celestin then partnered with entertainment attorney Louise West, Esq., in representing “Timbaland," “Missy Elliot” and “Ginuwine." He also managed the Grammy nominated Pop/R&B group “City High." Presently, Mr. Celestin represents and provides strategic advice and counsel to independent record labels, production companies, recording artists, book-publishers, authors, producers, songwriters, reality TV stars, DJ's and others.Hide the rest
Ent & IP Atty
Entertainment lawyer based in New York city handling entertainment law, copyright, trademark and related intellectual property law matters in the music, film, television, book and fine arts areas a...Show the rest
Entertainment lawyer based in New York city handling entertainment law, copyright, trademark and related intellectual property law matters in the music, film, television, book and fine arts areas as well as in the general communications and technology fields.
My practice encompasses both transactional and litigation matters. I have represented clients in contract disputes, negotiations and business entity formation. I am working with several high profile clients on copyright terminations. Also, I secure licenses for all forms of content including music and audiovisual footage for use in motion pictures, documentaries, music concerts, TV programs, advertising campaigns, CD & DVD compilations, and online entertainment.
I advise clients on entertainment branding and marketing strategy, and handle many digital media matters including copyright and licensing issues related to "apps", streaming and download clearance. I also handle court proceedings concerning contracts with minors for the entertainment and technology industries.
Among my clients I have represented recording artists, songwriters and record producers, film producers, book authors and illustrators, magazine publishers, photographers and models, clothing and fashion designers, cartoonists, fine artists and art galleries, and website designers and start-up tech companies in contract disputes, negotiations and business entity formation.Hide the rest
Jennifer Newman Sharpe
The Law Offices of Jennifer Newman Sharpe PLLC
Jennifer Newman Sharpe is an entertainment, intellectual property, and start up business attorney based in New York. She works closely with creative, entrepreneurial, and innovative clients to deve...Show the rest
Jennifer Newman Sharpe is an entertainment, intellectual property, and start up business attorney based in New York. She works closely with creative, entrepreneurial, and innovative clients to develop strategies and negotiate agreements in order to maximize their creative opportunities, and protect and leverage their creative works. Her clients include artists, producers, managers, record labels, publishing companies, digital distribution companies, and tech start ups. Jennifer is also Vice President and General Counsel of the national organization Women in Music. She has spoken at numerous conferences and schools on topics such as music licensing, artist agreements, the music business, and women's role in the music industry. Jennifer is co-founder and General Counsel of Sparkplug (www.sparkplug.it), a sharing economy marketplace where musicians rent their instruments, gear, and space to each other.Hide the rest