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Barry Neil Shrum named general counsel for Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame

Shrum & Associates’ very own namesake, Barry Neil Shrum, Esquire, was recently appointed to serve as general counsel for the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, and to serve as a non-voting member of its Board of Directors.  The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation (NaSHOF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and preserving [...]

By |2018-01-25T17:41:37+00:00January 25th, 2018|Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News, Music Row Nashville, Music Row News, Nashville, Songwriting|Comments Off on Barry Neil Shrum named general counsel for Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame

The Plight of the Staving Artist – the CLASSICS Act may provide some relief.

The plight of the “starving artist” is timeless and history is replete with stories of songwriters and artist being exploited for their intellectual contributions. In the mid 1800’s, when Stephen Foster wrote The Suwannee River, Oh! Susanna, Camptown Races, Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair, and Old Kentucky Home, the 1790 Copyright Act only [...]

By |2017-08-02T17:53:08+00:00August 2nd, 2017|Client Activity, Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Litigation, Music Industry, Music Publishing|Comments Off on The Plight of the Staving Artist – the CLASSICS Act may provide some relief.

Secret Blend of 11 Herbs: Three Things to Know about the 2016 Defend Trade Secrets Acts

By Drew Harris How delicious are those 11 “secret herbs and spices” assembled by Harland Sanders in 1930 for his popular “Kentucky Fried Chicken” sold at his local service station? It was so “finger lickin’ good” popular that the Governor Ruby Laffoon proclaimed him a “Colonel” and he started franchising his chicken business. But rather [...]

By |2017-07-20T11:04:36+00:00July 18th, 2017|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Trademark Issues, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Secret Blend of 11 Herbs: Three Things to Know about the 2016 Defend Trade Secrets Acts

Lessons Learned: Ghostwriter Tony Schwartz disparages Trump and his book “The Art of the Deal”

  By Erin Thiele and Barry Neil Shrum, Esq. In the mid-1980s, Donald Trump approached Tony Schwartz to ghost write his autobiography.  At this point in time, Trump was in his early 30s and did not have a great deal of life experiences about which to write a personal biography.  So, according to Schwartz, he [...]

By |2017-07-20T11:04:36+00:00August 18th, 2016|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News|Comments Off on Lessons Learned: Ghostwriter Tony Schwartz disparages Trump and his book “The Art of the Deal”

Sorting out the DOJ Ruling and its impact on performance rights

The first of the month (August 2016), the Department of Justice issued a summary of findings with regard to two court orders that govern the operation of two of the U.S. performing rights organizations (the “PRO’s”), ASCAP and BMI.  If it stands, the decision will also affect the third PRO, SESAC.Songwriters and music publishers around [...]

By |2017-07-20T11:04:37+00:00August 8th, 2016|Client Activity, Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Law, Music Publishing, Music Row Nashville, Music Row News, Nashville, Songwriting|Comments Off on Sorting out the DOJ Ruling and its impact on performance rights

The Cat’s in the Cradle: The adventures of child sensation Maddie Ziegler

By Erin Thiele and Barry Neil Shrum, Esq. From the reality television show, Dance Moms to best-selling Sia album covers (including Chandelier, Elastic Heart, Big Girls Cry and Cheap Thrills), Capezio commercials, to featured judging on So You Think You Can Dance, 13-year old dancer Maddie Ziegler is the hottest teen sensation right now, and [...]

By |2017-07-20T11:04:37+00:00July 24th, 2016|Dance, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law|Comments Off on The Cat’s in the Cradle: The adventures of child sensation Maddie Ziegler

Purple Reign: Lessons Learned from Prince

By Morgan Wisted & Barry Neil Shrum Just over half way through, and already it has been a tough year of losses in the music industry. Glenn Frey, one of the members of my favorite band of all time, the Eagles, kicked off the year early when he passed in January, shortly after [...]

By |2017-07-20T11:04:38+00:00July 20th, 2016|Entertainment Industry News, Music Law|Comments Off on Purple Reign: Lessons Learned from Prince

Direct Sound has success at NAMM in the Music City Center

A special thanks to my client and friends at Direct Sound Headphones, who made the short trek from their headquarters outside of St. Louis, MO to Nashville to be a part of the show.  Nashville was hosting the  prestigious annual event for National Association of Music Merchandisers for the second year now. In the photo I [...]

By |2017-07-20T11:04:38+00:00July 2nd, 2016|Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News, Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Row Nashville|Comments Off on Direct Sound has success at NAMM in the Music City Center

AMFM Entertainment Cuts Electronic Dance Music Deal with Mogul Boys Production

For many years now, I have represented Freddie May in his various endeavors, including his production company Starpath Productions. About 10 years ago, Freddie started working with a young female artist living in rural Kentucky, Anne Marie Riney. Ann Marie had a passion for electronic dance music. Drawing from his experience as a DJ in [...]

By |2017-07-20T11:04:39+00:00September 26th, 2015|Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News|Comments Off on AMFM Entertainment Cuts Electronic Dance Music Deal with Mogul Boys Production

Leopardi Featured on Forbes!

Kudos to my good friend and old client, Jay Leopardi, one of the foremost branding experts in the country was recently featured on Forbes.com in an article by contributor George Bradt.  The article is titled The New Reality of Social Media: Engaging your Audience Where They Are.  The article highlights Jay’s wealth of experience in [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:43:59+00:00January 25th, 2014|Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News|Comments Off on Leopardi Featured on Forbes!