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May 16, 2013

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.


The online/digital world has dramatically changed the way music is licensed as well as the compensation received by songwriters, composers and music publishers.  This panel will discuss:

  • New types of licensing deals and negotiations
  • New contract clauses and royalties
  • How rates are being set and by whom
  • How the online world has changed the traditional world of music licensing

Areas covered include apps, video games, ASCAP, BMI and SESAC licenses and payments, direct licenses, digital jukeboxes, film, television and production music, commercials, trailers and promos, downloads, interactive and non-interactive streaming, subscription services, over the air and satellite radio, mobile devices, YouTube, Pandora and more.


Jeff Brabec, Esq.
VP Business Affairs, BMG Chrysalis

Adam Taylor
President, APM Music


Todd Brabec, Esq.
Author of Music, Money and Success/Former ASCAP Executive VP/AIMP Board member

AIMP Panel

Place: View Map
Lawry's The Prime Rib
100 North La Cienega Blvd. (near Wilshire)
Beverly Hills, CA 90211


From left, Todd Brabec, Adam Taylor and Jeff Brabec.

Photos by Liz Redwing, courtesy Lawry's The Prime Rib, Beverly Hills. 


Additional Speaker Information

Jeff Brabec is Vice President of Business Affairs for BMG Chrysalis (representing, among others, the catalogues of will.i.am, Bruno Mars, OutKast, David Bowie, My Morning Jacket, Sheryl Crow, John Denver, Paul Anka, Billy Idol, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ray LaMontagne, and Cee-Lo Green). Brabec is the co-author with his twin brother Todd (former Executive Vice President of ASCAP) of the book "MUSIC, MONEY, AND SUCCESS: The Insider's Guide To Making Money In The Music Industry" (7th Edition/Music Sales) and has been awarded the Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism. Brabec is a contributing editor to the Entertainment Law & Finance Magazine. The Brabecs’ website is musicandmoney.com. BMG’s is BMGChrysalis.com.

For over two decades, Adam Taylor has been helping intellectual property companies, organizations and individuals manage and extract value from their copyrights, trademarks and patents. As president of APM Music, Adam continues to reinforce the company's standing as one of the largest and most diverse collections of original production music available by adding the latest in authentic, urban-contemporary and hard-hitting rock alternative music to APM Music's catalog through the addition of new libraries and exclusive recordings from up and coming rappers and rockers. Prior to taking the helm at APM Music, Adam was president of Taylor/Fox Enterprises, where he partnered with doctors, scientists and inventors to direct market and deliver their unique, patent-protected inventions to consumers. Before that, as founding partner of Goldman/Taylor Entertainment, he developed numerous properties including the television series Confessions of Crime for Lifetime Network, and the PBS series Joseph Campbell - Mythos hosted by Academy Award® winner Susan Sarandon in partnership with the Joseph Campbell Foundation.

Todd Brabec, former ASCAP Executive Vice President and Worldwide Director of Membership, is an Entertainment Law attorney, an award winning author of the best selling music business book "Music Money and Success: the Insiders Guide to Making Money in the Music Business"(7th edition/Schirmer Books), an Adjunct Associate Professor at USC where he teaches the course on Music Licensing, Music Publishing and Film, Television and Video Game Scoring and Song Contracts and is a Governing Committee member of the American Bar Association Entertainment and Sports Industries. During his 37 year ASCAP career, he was responsible for signing most of ASCAP's successful songwriters and film and television composers including Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Neil Young, Metallica, Tom Petty, James Taylor, Journey, Joni Mitchell, Hans Zimmer (Pirates of the Caribbean), James Horner (Avatar, Titanic),James Newton Howard (Dark Knight), Randy Newman(Toy Story) and Alan Silvestri (Marvel's Avengers) among many others as well as increasing ASCAP's market share from 20% to market share competitive dominance in radio, television and worldwide top grossing feature films. In addition, he significantly changed most of ASCAP's distribution, payment and survey systems as well as eliminating practically all ASCAP payment and distribution policies, formulas and rules which were not in the best interests of songwriters and composers. He lectures extensively throughout the world at conferences, universities, foreign societies, law firms and management companies. Website: musicandmoney.com. Contact:toddbrabec@gmail.com

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