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Following the Musical Dollar: Music Law and Monetization 101

Level: Beginner
Runtime: 92 minutes
Recorded Date: July 21, 2020
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  • Recorded Music vs. Publishing
  • Sound Recording Rights
  • Music Publishing Overview
  • Publishing Income Sources
  • Mechanical Royalties
  • Public Performance Royalties
  • Performing Rights Societies
  • Blanket Licenses
  • Allocation of Performance Royalties
  • Internet Issues
  • Publishing Rights
  • Role of Music Publisher
  • Types of Publishing Deals
  • Publisher-Write Splits
Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes
Recorded: July 21, 2020


The "digital age" of music, including an evolution in favor of on-demand access to an unlimited array of music, has impacted the way consumers listen to music, and as a result, has affected how artists make money when their music is consumed.

This panel of experts will discuss the variety of ways an artist's music may be monetized, and the legal considerations that these transactions. Our discussion will include an overview of the many types of relationships artists may encounter in their pursuit to monetize music, including relationships with record labels and distributors, publishers, advertising agencies, PROs and more. In addition, our panel of experts shall discuss some of the changes they have seen in the industry resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This program was recorded on July 21st, 2020.

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Adam Talor

APM Music

For over two decades, Adam Taylor has been helping intellectual property companies, organizations and individuals manage and extract value from their copyrights, trademarks and patents. As president of APM, Adam continues to reinforce the company's standing as an innovative creative house and production music library with one of the most diverse collections of original music for every type of media.

Prior to taking the helm at APM, Adam was president of Taylor/Fox Enterprises, where he partnered with doctors, scientists and inventors to direct market and deliver their unique, patent-protected inventions to consumers. Before that, as founding partner of Goldman/Taylor Entertainment, he developed numerous properties including the television series "Confessions of Crime" for Lifetime Network, and the PBS series "Joseph Campbell - Mythos" hosted by Academy Award® winner Susan Sarandon in partnership with the Joseph Campbell Foundation.

Adam began his career at Caswell-Massey, the oldest chemists and perfumers in the U.S. established in 1752, where he served a ten-year post as president and CEO.

Adam currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Santa Monica College Academy of Entertainment and Technology, the Board of Directors for CreatiVets, a not-for-profit that uses music and the arts to help veterans heal, the advisory board of the Zelikow School of Jewish Non-Profit Management and the advisory board of Creative Community for Peace.

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Erika Marie Stallings

Assistant General Counsel, Music Product

I am an attorney with 9+ years of legal experience in intellectual property matters including trademark and copyright infringement litigation, trademark clearance and prosecution, online brand enforcement and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board matters.

Collaborate with multiple business units including creative, distribution and administration as well as senior executives and non-employee vendors and outside counsel to bring strategic solutions to complex legal and business affairs problems.

Frequently speak on issues relating to entertainment and intellectual property law. Past speaking engagements include the New York State Bar Association, the University of Florida Entertainment and Sports Law Society Symposium and the MONDO.NYC music conference.

Also serve as the founding co-chair of the Basser Center for BRCA Young Leadership Council which raises money to support research into cancers caused by BRCA1/2 mutations.

I have earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and was the recipient of a Morehead Scholarship and J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

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Benjamin D. Landry

Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs
Atlantic Records

Benjamin D. Landry is the Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs at Atlantic Records. He earned his JD from the University of Chicago Law School in 2012.

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Robert S. Meitus

Meitus Gelbert Rose, LLP.

Robert is responsible for the intellectual property and entertainment legal matters for many national clients, including record companies, recording artists, filmmakers, authors and creative business clients in a range of industries such as print and broadcast media, retail clothing marketing and other areas. His practice largely involves negotiation of agreements, work with intellectual property protection, clearance and licensing and generally serving as business/legal counsel to numerous creative clients. Robert is also an adjunct professor at the Indiana University School of Law in both Bloomington and Indianapolis, where he has taught since 2002. He has performed music professionally for much of his life and has over 20 years experience in the entertainment industry.

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