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July 19, 2007

Time: 11:45am - 2:00pm

Dollars From Heaven on Old Broadway-Understanding & Exploiting Grand Rights

Learn about this extremely lucrative source of income.  Payments to a writer of a Broadway show can exceed $300,000 per week.  As evidenced by the works of Gershwin, Weill and many others, compositions embodied in theatrical shows can become a permanent piece of our culture, resulting in enduring sources of income.  Recent Tony awards and motion picture successes have demonstrated how this area has opened up to include more and more genres of music.  This panel of distinguished players in this field is a must for publishers and writers wishing to maximize the exploitation potential for their catalogues and for the attorneys, managers and accountants advising clients on their rights and sources of income.

Photo by Janet Landrum


Jim Kendrick
Media Attorney

Michael A. Kerker
Director of Musical Theatre, ASCAP

Jay Cooper
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Susan Dietz
Theatre Producer


Steven Lowy, Esq.
Isaacman, Kaufman, Painter

AIMP Panel

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House of Blues
8430 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood. Valet parking, on site $7. Call 323-848-5100 for directions.

Reservations accepted online or by telephone at 818-771-7301 until Wednesday, July 18th.  NOTE: Advance entree orders end at 11:59pm on Sunday, July 15th.  We will do our best to accommodate late reservations made the week of the event, but please be advised that space is limited and entree selection will not be guaranteed for late reservations. Online reservations can be paid online by credit card however credit cards are not accepted at the door. Payment at the door by cash or check only.  Those who walk up without a reservation will be served whatever is available space allowing.

Student Rate:
Those wishing to attend at the student rate of $35 will need to pay by cash or check at the door and must bring their student ID.

Attention attorneys:
This activity has been approved for one hour of Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California. Attorneys wishing to register for MCLE credit should bring their state bar number with them for the sign in sheet.
Attention CPA’s: This activity follows the continuing education guidelines specified in the California Board of Accountancy Regulations. CPA’s wishing to register for one CE credit should bring their CPA license number with them for the sign in sheet. [Pick up your certificate at the luncheon – AIMP can not issue certificates after-the-fact.]

Additional Speaker Information

Jim Kendrick has more than 30 years experience as a music publishing executive and media lawyer. Presently a member of Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner, his international practice spans all aspects of the music world, including composers and songwriters (and their heirs and successors), publishers, orchestras, opera companies and stage, film and television producers. Mr. Kendrick has been involved throughout his career in grand rights licensing of Broadway and other major productions of works by Bernstein, Gershwin and Weill, as well as numerous works by living composers and lyricists, both in the US and overseas. As to recent major productions, this year he licensed the Weill music for LoveMusik for Hal Princes production at the Manhattan Theatre Club (4 Tony nominations), and last year licensed The Threepenny Opera to the Roundabout Theatre (also Tony-nominated). He is Secretary and a director of The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Amphion Foundation, and the Virgil Thomson Foundation, among others, as well as Secretary of the Koussevitzky Music Foundations and Treasurer of the Reich Music Foundation. Formerly Chief Executive Officer of Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., Jim has also been serving as Acting President of Schott Music Corporation and European American Music Distributors LLC since 2002. A former professional oboist, he holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School, and earned his J.D. with highest honors from Rutgers Law School, where he also served as an adjunct faculty member for 15 years. In addition to his work in the music field, Jim has extensive experience in film and television production, and has served as production counsel to numerous award-winning PBS documentaries including The West and Broadway: The American Musical. He also represents authors and publishers of trade and text books, and frequently advises major Internet service companies and content owners on program production and acquisition matters.

Michael A. Kerker has been Director of Musical Theatre for ASCAP (American Society for Composers, Authors and Publishers) since 1990. In addition to coordinating ASCAPs Musical Theatre Workshop in New York, Kerker works with Walt Disney Studios to produce the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop in Los Angeles. Together with Michael Feinstein, Kerker produces a regular series of concerts featuring contemporary songwriters at Carnegie Hall. He is also currently producing a series of seminars and concerts at the Kennedy Center featuring some of the leading composers and lyricists of the American Musical Theatre. Kerker also produces the ASCAP Foundation Jerry Herman Legacy Program which is a series of nationwide concerts, seminars and master classes featuring the legendary Broadway songwriter. Kerker is a member of the Board of Directors of The Songwriters Hall of Fame and The Johnny Mercer Foundation.

Jay L. Cooper's practice focuses on music industry, motion picture, television, multimedia and intellectual property issues. He represents individuals and companies on intellectual property matters including recording and publishing agreements for individual artists and composers; actor, director, producer and writer agreements in film and television; executive employment agreements; complex acquisitions and sales of entertainment catalogs; production agreements on behalf of music, television and motion picture companies, and all entertainment issues relative to the Internet. Mr. Cooper is a former president of both NARAS and the California Copyright Conference and serves on the boards of SoundExchange, the Society of Singers, and the Recording Arts Coalition. Jay has guest lectured at Harvard Law School, UCLA Law School, USC Law School, USC Music School, Stanford Law School, Boalt Hall, Tulane Law School, the Florida Bar Association, the Texas Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, the California Copyright Conference, MIDEM, the American Film Market, the Cannes Film Festival, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the U.S. Copyright Society, and the American Bar Association. He is also a former adjunct professor of Entertainment Law at Loyola Law School.

Susan Dietz has produced theatre in Los Angeles since 1980 and is the recipient of a Drama-Logue Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding contribution to Los Angeles theatre. As Artistic Director of LA Stage Company, she produced Christopher Durang's Sister Mary Ignatius, Caryl Churchill's Cloud Nine, Wendy Wasserstein's Isn't it Romantic, and the world premiere of Penn and Teller As Artistic Director of the Pasadena Playhouse, she produced four seasons of plays in two theatres. She ran the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills for 21 years, where she produced dozens of plays, including The Last Night at Ballyhoo and Love Letters. On Broadway she produced the Michael Rupert/Jerry Colker musical Mail; the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks; Martin McDonagh's The Lonesome West, which received four Tony nominations; a revival of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, starring Whoopi Goldberg and Charles Dutton; the recent Broadway revival of Steel Magnolias, starring Delta Burke; The Little Dog Laughed, which was nominated for a Tony last season; and Terrence McNallys Deuce, starring Angela Landsbury and Marion Seldes, currently playing at the Music Box theatre. She developed the new Christopher Durang/Peter Melnick musical called Adrift in Macao, which played New Yorks Primary Stages last winter; commissioned and developed Terrence McNallys Some Men, which broke box office records at Second Stage last spring; and is developing a musical based on the movie Dangerous Beauty, with music by Michele Brourman and Amanda McBroom, and Being Alive, an African American Stephen Sondheim review, conceived by Billy Porter to be presented at the Westport Country Playhouse in August. She is married to Hits Magazine editor Lenny Beer.

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