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April 20, 2017

Time: 11:30AM-1:00PM

Exploring The Publishing Legal Landscape: Deal Or No Deal

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Join us for a discussion with attorneys Austen Adams, David Crow, Chip Petree and Scott Safford to get their perspectives on the changes and trends in songwriter deals, publisher/artist agreements, and catalog acquisitions.  








Austen Adams
Dickinson Wright PLLC

David Crow
Milom Horsnell Crow Rose Kelley PLC

Chip Petree
Ritholz Levy

Scott Safford
Safford Motley PLC


John Ozier

Tim Hunze
Parallel Music Publishing

AIMP Panel

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ASCAP - Connie Bradley Board Room
2 Music Square West
Nashville, TN 37203



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Additional Speaker Information

AUSTEN ADAMS is an entertainment attorney who represents and advises recording artists, producers, artist managers, music publishers and other music industry professionals in entertainment transactions. Austen's experience includes the following: structuring and negotiating a wide variety of agreements including recording, music publishing, copyright administration, live performance, personal management joint venture, licensing, merchandising, endorsement, asset purchase, television talent, contest and promotion, employment, production, distribution, and book publishing agreements; forming publishing companies and other business entities; music publishing catalog sales; advising on issues relating to the digital distribution and licensing of music and entertainment content and the protection and development of intellectual property and brands; talent and intellectual property acquisition; trademark and copyright protection.

DAVID CROW has been professionally active in the music business for over twenty-seven years and has focused his law practice exclusively on entertainment and intellectual property matters for the past fifteen years. David is a partner with the firm Milom Horsnell Crow Rose Kelley PLC and prior to the formation of the firm, he was an associate in the Entertainment and Intellectual Property and Technology practice groups of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC. David received his B.B.A. in Music Business Management (Magna Cum Laude) from Belmont University in 1996, and his J.D. from the Vanderbilt University School of Law in 2000. David’s practice primarily consists of the representation of independent artists, independent labels, major label artists, songwriters, technology companies, producers, publishing companies and those companies and individuals that seek to license and exploit intellectual property content. David’s intellectual property and entertainment experience has included the following: Drafted and negotiated exclusive recording agreements for independent record labels; Negotiated exclusive recording agreements for various artists in several musical genres; Supervised and coordinated copyright infringement litigation; Drafted and negotiated exclusive songwriter agreements and copublishing agreements for music publishing companies and/or songwriters; Performed due diligence in connection with music publishing catalogue sales; Represented the purchasers and sellers of various publishing catalogs and record labels; Drafted corporate formation documents for closely held management companies, publishing companies, touring corporations, artists and songwriters; Provided general corporate/business counsel to various entities that have substantial intellectual property assets; Drafted and negotiated various joint venture agreements between record labels and industry trade associations; Drafted and negotiated settlement and release agreements between music industry entities; Served as outside counsel for several labels and distribution companies; Drafted and negotiated artist management agreements, booking agency agreements, artist development agreements, investor agreements, producer agreements, shareholder agreements, song pitching agreements, and artist shopping agreements; Negotiated various artist endorsement/sponsorship agreements.

CHIP PETREE opened the Nashville office of the New York-based firm Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields in June 2014 as a partner in the firm’s Entertainment Group after a decade heading up his own law practice, Petree Law. As a practitioner specializing in transactional work in the music and entertainment industries, Chip represents a diverse group of individuals and companies in all areas of the entertainment industry, including #1 songwriters, Grammy-winning and chart-topping recording artists, record producers, independent music publishers, new media service providers, and on-air television talent. In addition to his own law practice, Chip also served as GM for Copyright Exchange throughout the company’s 10-years as a consulting and brokerage firm specializing in the market for musical copyright catalogs. Chip has closed over thirty catalog sales worth over $70 million – including the rights to such iconic songs as “When A Man Loves a Woman”, “Love Shack”, “Live Like You Were Dying” and “Jesus Take the Wheel” – and has established himself as a leader and authority on the catalog market. Chip began his career as a lawyer in two boutique entertainment law practices in Nashville, and he also spent two years practicing technology law at a major international law firm in Silicon Valley. Chip has also served in the in-house legal departments at the RIAA, BMG Entertainment and CBS Cable/MTV Networks, where he was primary counsel to CMT. Chip is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and a 1997 graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law. He is a member of NARAS/The Recording Academy, Academy of Country Music, AIMP, Country Music Association, Copyright Society of the South, Nashville Bar Association (and its Sports and Entertainment Law Committee), and Leadership Music (Board Member).

SCOTT SAFFORD represents a diverse array of creative talent in all facets of the music business. Before entering private practice, Scott worked as an in-house attorney for the major record company now known as Sony Music. While on the “inside,” he gained valuable insight into the inner workings of a media conglomerate and developed the relationships that enable him to provide practical and effective advice to his clients, which range from beginning songwriters to major-label recording artists to established independent music publishers and record labels. Regardless of size or industry status, however, Scott insists on being equally attentive and accessible to all of his clients. Scott launched his own practice in 2007, and due to a rapidly expanding client base, joined forces with Jonathan Motley to form Safford Motley, PLC two years later. The firm has since grown into one of the preeminent providers of entertainment law services in the country. Nevertheless, he holds fast to the notion that it is always about the music and can regularly be found attending writers’ nights, client shows and industry showcases. Scott graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from the University of Kentucky in 1994 and earned his law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1997. He is a member of the Nashville Bar Association’s Entertainment & Sports Law Committee, the Tennessee Bar Association’s Sports and Entertainment Law Division and the Country Music Association. Scott has also served as a guest lecturer and panelist at Vanderbilt University College of Law, Belmont University and Middle Tennessee State University.

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