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The Ins and Outs of Music Publishing

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Publishing, co-publishing, sub-publishing, administration, participation, development, joint venture... these are but some of the types of songwriter and composer deals being made today. But in a world of very selective signings by the majors and independents, where most writers and artists are handling their own business, what do these deals and concepts mean in today's marketplace? Get the answers you need to know when dealing with songs and music publishing.



MODERATOR Jeffrey Brabec VP Business Affairs BMG Chrysalis

JEFFREY BRABEC is Chrysalis Music Group's V.P. of Business Affairs. An attorney, recording artist and songwriter, he co-authored the book Music Money And Success: The Insider's Guide To Making Money In The Music Industry. He is also an adjunct professor at USC Thornton School of Music and a contributing editor to Entertainment Law & Finance magazine.

Todd Brabec Author "Music, Money & Success"/Former ASCAP Exec VP

Ralph Murphy VP ASCAP

Ralph Murphy, songwriter, has been successful for five decades. Consistently charting songs in an ever-changing musical environment makes him a member of that very small group of professionals who make a living doing what they love to do. Add to that the platinum records as a producer, his success as the publisher and co-owner of the extremely successful Picalic Group of Companies and you see a pattern of achievement based on more than luck. The widely acclaimed Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting articles used as part of curriculum at colleges, universities, and by songwriter organizations has led to the recently published “Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting “The Book” being an instant industry success.

Passion driven, with a desire to know how, what, when, where and who have him a formidable insider force. He is in worldwide demand as a lecturer on songwriting and has “guested” at universities, colleges, and professional songwriter organizations around the globe. Murphy has served as President of The Nashville Chapter of the Recording Academy; and has been a NARAS National Trustee and President of the Nashville Songwriters Association International. As well as serving as Vice President for the International and Domestic Membership Group of the American Society of Composers Authors an Publishers, he also has served on the Southern Regional Writers Advisory Board of ASCAP, the Songwriters Guild of America regional advisory board, is a member of NASI, NARAS, CMA, CCMA, SAC, SGA, and ASCAP. Murphy also recently received CMA’s prestigious Jo Walker –Meador International Award which recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual in advocating and supporting Country music’s marketing development in territories outside the United States.

Greg Sowders Sr VP/Head of A&R, US Warner/Chappell Music Inc

Greg Sowders is Senior Vice President, Head of A&R, U.S. for Warner/Chappell Music. Sowders oversees the company's A&R department in Los Angeles and New York with the exception of Urban. During his 20 years at Warner/Chappell, he has played a key role in identifying and developing its leading roster of rock, pop and alternative songwriters. A veteran of the industry with more than 25 years of experience, Sowders joined Warner/Chappell in 1991 as manager film & tv. He then moved to A&R, working with artists and writers including Nickelback, Green Day, Katy Perry, Lucinda Williams, Paramore, The Black Crowes, Claude Kelly, Rufus Wainwright, Portugal. the Man, Fun and Grouplove among others. Sowders began his musical career in 1982 as the drummer for the groundbreaking Los Angeles pioneers The Long Ryders.

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