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NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES 2018 INDUCTEES

Yesterday I had the honor of attending the announcement of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame's 2018 inductees, Ronnie Dunn, K.T. Oslin, Byron Hill, Wayne Kirkpatrick and Joe Melson.  I am so honored to serve as general counsel for this outstanding organization and serve with president Pat Alger, executive director Mark Ford, and all of [...]

By |2018-08-13T10:56:59+00:00August 8th, 2018|Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News, Music Industry, Music Row Nashville, Music Row News, Nashville, Songwriting|Comments Off on NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES 2018 INDUCTEES

Arman Asadsangabi and his band Oddnote make Waves around Nashville

For several years now, Sony/ATV has partnered with Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont University, where I adjunct, to sponsor a songwriting contest called the Sony/ATV All-Access Program.  Students submit two songs and these are reviewed by Sony/ATV’s creative team.  The winners have the opportunity to perform their songs live [...]

By |2018-01-29T16:43:22+00:00January 29th, 2018|Client Activity, Music Industry, Music Row Nashville, Music Row News, Nashville|Comments Off on Arman Asadsangabi and his band Oddnote make Waves around Nashville

The Plight of the Starving 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 |2018-08-13T10:50:30+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 Starving Artist – the CLASSICS Act may provide some relief.

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

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

Considering a new U.S. copyright act

Is it time for Congress to draft a replacement for the 1976 Copyright Law? In point of fact, the law was drafted almost half a decade ago now and its last major amendment came in 1998 with the addition of the DMCA. Many argue that the advent of digital technology, driven of course by the [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:43:57+00:00December 11th, 2014|Copyright Issues, Music Industry, Music Law, Music Publishing, Technology|Comments Off on Considering a new U.S. copyright act

Leopardi’s Common Denominator appears in bright lights in the Big Apple

If you look closely at the bottom of photograph to left, you’ll see my client, Jay Leopardi, and his new show Common Denominator, featured in the bright lights in New York City.  None other than Times Square!  Congrats to Jay and president of IC Places, Inc., owners of PunchTV, who will fund and host the [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:44:00+00:00July 31st, 2012|Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Music Industry|Comments Off on Leopardi’s Common Denominator appears in bright lights in the Big Apple

Save the Music America to air PSA’s on CMT and GAC

In 2009 the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) estimated 95% of all digitally downloaded music was obtained illegally. This leaves only 5% of potential revenue to be distributed between all those who play a part in today’s music culture, including the most affected group, songwriters and music publishers. While some opponents dispute that number, [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:44:00+00:00July 30th, 2012|Client Activity, Digital Downloads, Music Industry, Music Law, Music Row Nashville, Music Row News|Comments Off on Save the Music America to air PSA’s on CMT and GAC

Logan Brill signs publishing deal with Carnival Music

We recently wrapped up the exclusive songwriting agreement between my client, Logan Brill and Carnival Music.  Logan and her family are from the Knoxville area.  She moved here to pursue a music degree at Belmont University, but ended up with a major in French and a minor in vocal performance.  Logan is writing with other [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:44:00+00:00July 14th, 2012|Client Activity, Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Law, Music Publishing, Music Row Nashville, Music Row News, Nashville|Comments Off on Logan Brill signs publishing deal with Carnival Music

Law on the Row Goes “Old Skool”

written by Jeff ScheeseLaw on the Row is making the jump from digital to “old skool” hardcover. Barry Neil Shrum’s article The Magical Ring of Gyges: Why Illegal Downloading is So Rampant in the Age of Cyberspace was selected by author and editor Thomas J. Hickey, responsible for the Taking Sides book series published by [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:44:01+00:00May 30th, 2012|Music Industry, Music Row News, Nashville|Comments Off on Law on the Row Goes “Old Skool”