Date: Friday 17th July 2015
In these times, more than ever, the developing songwriter/composer may need to be as adept at business as they are at art.
This upcoming IMRO seminar reviews essential business issues required for self-development. Agreements typically offered to indie artists, songwriters and producers taking the step to the next level will be explained. Band agreements, co-writer agreements, record deals, performance agreements with venues and promoters and sync licenses for original music being just some of the topics touched on.
The panel will also identify and tackle various pitfalls in negotiations of key music industry contracts. Join us as we breakdown recording artist/distribution agreements, management agreements and producer/production agreements and identify those important areas that should not be overlooked.
The panel will discuss these pitfalls from both the company and songwriter perspective.
We will also discuss the major deal terms of any licensing contract, focusing on licenses for film, television, commercial, and video games. We will 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.
A UCD graduate with a Masters in Commercial Law, Dublin barrister Willie Ryan practises chiefly in entertainment, trademark, copyright and intellectual property, with a strong emphasis on music. As well as advising individual talent in issues of copyright, publishing and record contracts, he also represents labels both at home and abroad. Of late, he has negotiated record deals for the likes of Hozier, Nathan Carter, The Coronas and Walking On Cars.
Eileen O’Gorman is a partner in the city centre Law Firm Gleeson McGrath Baldwin Solicitors. Eileen’s main area of practice is in Corporate Law with an emphasis on Intellectual Property law and the emerging and rapidly changing field of Technology. She has experience of many aspects of the law that intersect with issues related to creativity, intellectual property, media and related technology. With direct experience in broadcasting she has been an invited guest on both Newstalk and RTÉ Radio 1. Eileen has published in the fields of intellectual property, presented at international conferences on the subject of Music and Technology and has practical experience working within the creative community. Eileen is a Registered European Trade Mark and Design Attorney and an Irish Trade Mark Agent.
Todd Brabec, as Executive Vice President and Worldwide Director of Membership for ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers – the world’s largest music licensing organisation) for well over 3 decades, was in charge of all ASCAP Membership operations throughout the world with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, London, Miami, Chicago and Puerto Rico, all writer and publisher payment formula recommendations, changes and implementation, all advances, loans and other member financial arrangements, all competitive payments and systems analysis and was responsible for signing most of ASCAP’s successful songwriters and writer/artists including James Taylor, Marvin Gaye, Metallica, Green Day, Smokey Robinson, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Journey, the Jimi Hendrix catalogue, Earth, Wind & Fire, Bob McDill, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Sting, Marc Anthony, ZZ Top, Motley Crue, Billy Joel, Donna Summer, Foreigner, Bryan Adams, Steely Dan and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis as well as the blockbuster film and television composers James Horner(“Avatar” and “Titanic”-the 2 top grossing films of all time), Alan Silvestri (“Marvel’s The Avengers”), Hans Zimmer ( “Pirates of the Caribbean” films), James Newton Howard (“Dark Knight”), Michael Giacchino (“Up”, “Medal of Honor” video games) and Randy Newman (“Toy Story” films), among many others.
He is a current Governing Committee Member as well as former Music Chair and Budget Chair for the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries where he conducts legal and business panels and webinars.