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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+00:00 August 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

Sammy Mitchell signs with Razor & Tie Music Publishing

We just put the finishing touches on my great client, Sammy Mitchell’s, exclusive co-publishing deal with Jackie Boyz/Razor & Tie Music Publishing joint venture.   The partnership between Jackie Boyz (the Grammy-award winning songwriting/producing team of Battey brothers) and Razor & Tie was formed at the end of 2014 for the purpose of developing fresh new [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:04:39+00:00 June 30th, 2015|Client Activity, Music Publishing, Music Row News, Nashville|Comments Off on Sammy Mitchell signs with Razor & Tie Music Publishing

Recent Legislative Efforts Bode Well for Songwriters

Since taking over Mary Beth Peters as Register of Copyrights in 2011, Maria Pallante has been listening and responding to the concerns of a number of her constituents, particularly those in the music industry, and it most certainly shows. In the last few months, several pieces of work product have been delivered by the Copyright [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:04:40+00:00 March 31st, 2015|Music Law, Music Publishing, Nashville, RIAA, Songwriting|Comments Off on Recent Legislative Efforts Bode Well for Songwriters

In the Thicke of Things: Reprise – THE VERDICT: THEY’VE “GOT TO GIVE IT UP”

My associate, John Inniger, does a nice job of covering the basics of the Thicke/Williams litigation against the estate of Marvin Gaye in this LOR post. But since a jury verdict in favor of the Gaye Estate rendered a $7.1M verdict earlier this month, the social media and blogosphere has been abuzz with commentary pro and con on [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:04:41+00:00 March 25th, 2015|Copyright Issues, Nashville|Comments Off on In the Thicke of Things: Reprise – THE VERDICT: THEY’VE “GOT TO GIVE IT UP”

Preliminary Considerations for Starting a New Business in 2015

As people say goodbye to the December holidays and begin planning their goals for a new year, many considering starting a new business in order to be their own boss and start down the road to financial independence. So, if you plan on starting up a new venture in 2015, you will likely have questions [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:04:42+00:00 December 29th, 2014|Angel Investment, Nashville|Comments Off on Preliminary Considerations for Starting a New Business in 2015

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+00:00 July 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+00:00 May 30th, 2012|Music Industry, Music Row News, Nashville|Comments Off on Law on the Row Goes “Old Skool”

New Collaboration “Baby Be My Valentine” Released on iTunes

I have to put a plug in for my brother, C. Kim Shrum, whose collaboration with the artist, Lance Songs, Baby Be My Valentine was released this week on iTunes.  You can check out the production here.  My brother has been writing songs as long as I can remember, and is one of the reasons [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:08+00:00 February 14th, 2011|Client Activity, Music Row News, Nashville|Comments Off on New Collaboration “Baby Be My Valentine” Released on iTunes

Nashville-based Identical Entertainment Finds Uncommon Success With Diverse Team of Writers and Artists

(Nashville, Tenn. – Feb. 1, 2011)  Thanks to a uniquely talented roster of writers and artists, Nashville-based publishing and artist development firm Identical Entertainment is making quite a name for itself in the music and entertainment industry. Founded in 2008 by twin sisters Kathy Aberson and Sheila Bauer, the multi-faceted enterprise has benefited in recent [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:09+00:00 February 4th, 2011|Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Row News, Nashville|Comments Off on Nashville-based Identical Entertainment Finds Uncommon Success With Diverse Team of Writers and Artists

Judiciary Committee holds hearings on HR 848, the “Performance Rights Act”

The House Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on H.R. 848 (this year’s version of HR 4789) tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m.  Although the Committee’s website does not identify any witnesses at this time, I am informed by musicFIRST that Smashing Pumpkins’ founder Billy Corgan and Mitch Bainwol, chairman and CEO of the RIAA will be [...]

By | 2009-03-09T12:54:21+00:00 March 9th, 2009|Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Life on the Row, Music Law, Music Row News, Nashville|Comments Off on Judiciary Committee holds hearings on HR 848, the “Performance Rights Act”