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March 24, 2016

Time: 11:30 am - 1:45 pm


Our experienced panelists will discuss the many new types of licenses using music; the negotiation, deal structures and contract clauses of these licenses; and the types of fees and royalties being generated.  We will also discuss how this “new world” has significantly changed the licensing process for traditional media.

We will cover a wide range of topics such as the download and streaming services (both interactive and non-interactive, audio only and audio-visual); film, television and videogame synch licenses (including music-centric shows and games vs. all others); music in apps; advertising (both traditional broadcasting vs. online); e-Cards  and holograms; interactive dolls and toys; PRO new media negotiations and royalties; Rate Courts and direct licenses - and more!


Jeff Brabec, Esq.
VP Business Affairs, BMG

Timothy A. Cohan, Esq.
Sr. VP Legal & Business Affairs, peermusic/AIMP Board Member

Henry W. Root, Esq.
Partner,Lapidus, Root & Sacharow, LLP


Todd Brabec, Esq.
Co-Author of Music, Money and Success/Former ASCAP Executive Vice President/AIMP Board Member

AIMP Panel

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

From left, Michael Eames/PEN Music Group and AIMP President, Tim Cohan/peermusic and AIMP Board Member, Jeff Brabec/BMG, Todd Brabec/Musicandmoney.com and AIMP Board Member and Henry Root/Lapidus, Root &  Sacharow.  

Photos by Diego Lopez & Liz Redwing, courtesy of Lawry's The Prime Rib.


Additional Speaker Information

Jeff Brabec is Vice President of Business Affairs for BMG Rights Management which is the fourth largest music publisher in the world. He specializes in evaluating, analyzing, projecting income and negotiating music publishing catalogue acquisitions. He also specializes in all music licensing issues Including digital media, motion pictures, television, video games, apps, Broadway musicals and new technology agreements and negotiations. Brabec is the co-author with his twin brother Todd (former Executive Vice President of ASCAP) of the best-selling book "MUSIC, MONEY, AND SUCCESS: The Insider's Guide To Making Money In The Music Business" (7th Edition / Schirmer Trade Books/Music Sales). He has been awarded the Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism and The 2015 Texas Star Award for Outstanding Contribution and Achievement in the Field of Entertainment Law. Brabec is an adjunct professor at USC Thornton School of Music/Business Division where he teaches music publishing and licensing, is Contributing Editor to the Entertainment Law & Finance Magazine and has written and continues to author numerous articles on the music industry.

As Senior Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs, Tim Cohan serves as counsel to peermusic’s Chairman and CEO, Ralph Peer II and oversees all legal and corporate matters for peermusic’s U.S. companies.  In addition, Tim heads peermusic’s global negotiations with respect to the firm’s digital licensing agreements.  Tim is an active representative of peermusic in various industry associations and committees, including as a member of the Board of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Independent Music Publishers.

Henry W. Root is a partner in the Firm. He has over 30 years of legal and business affairs experience in the entertainment, music, television and media industries. He began his legal career at MCA Records after several years of working as a tour manager and lighting designer for top internationally renowned recording artists. Mr. Root has represented recording artists signed to every major label as well as award-winning songwriters and producers, independent music publishers, record labels, principal cast members of several reality TV series, celebrities and actors. Current clients include two major cable networks, webcasters, and an Internet platform background music service for retail business establishments. Root has also overseen business and legal affairs for the delivery of programming to every major television network as well as for distribution on the Internet.

Todd Brabec, former ASCAP Executive Vice President and Worldwide Director of Membership, is an Entertainment Law attorney, a Deems Taylor Award winning co-author of the best selling music business book " Music, Money and Success: the Insider's Guide to Making Money in the Music Business"(7th edition, 560 pages/Schirmer/Music Sales), an Adjunct 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 and former Music and Budget Chair of the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. He is a recipient of the 2005 Educational Leadership Award from the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA)and the 2015 Texas Star Award from the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Texas for Outstanding Contribution and Achievement in the Field of Entertainment Law. During his 37 year career at ASCAP, he was responsible for signing many of ASCAP 's most successful songwriters, songwriter/artists and film and television composers. In addition, he significantly changed most of ASCAP's distribution, payment and survey rules and was responsible for significantly increasing the royalties and payment formulas for successful radio writers and film and television score and theme composers as well as eliminating most policies, formulas and rules which were not in the best interests of songwriters and composers or which had a negative effect on their earnings. Website: musicandmoney.com. Contact: toddbrabec@gmail.com.

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