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March 22, 2018

Time: 11:30 am - 1:45 pm


Here is the $4 million dollar Income Chart that the Brabecs will discuss at the meeting.  

Fresh from their appearance at SXSW, let’s get into specifics with the Brabecs!  From 1 million views on YouTube; a performance on NBC’s “The Voice”; 25 million streams on Spotify, Pandora, iTunes or Tidal; a hit song on traditional over the air radio; performances on the audio visual streaming services Netflix, Amazon and Hulu; 10,000 album or single downloads; a song and record in a video game, independent film or cable tv series; a composition in the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton”; and a live performance in a small club or major concert venue among others - what’s it all worth to you?  It is a world of millions of dollars for some and micropennies for many others.

This panel, by the authors of the best selling book MUSIC, MONEY AND SUCCESS, reveals the actual range of dollars and cents being generated by songs and records when they are used in the online digital arena as well as in traditional media. Deal structures and negotiating tactics will also be discussed as well as the lifetime of “backend royalties” possible from any type of performance. Success is one thing - but making money from your success is quite another!


Jeff Brabec, Esq.
VP, Business Affairs, BMG / Author

Todd Brabec, Esq.
Former ASCAP Exec. VP / Author / Adjunct Professor, USC / AIMP Board Member



AIMP Panel

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Lawry's The Prime Rib
100 North La Cienega Blvd. (near Wilshire)
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

From the left, AIMP President Michael Eames/PEN Music Group, Jeffrey Brabec, Esq., Todd Brabec, Esq. and AIMP Vice President Teri Nelson Carpenter/Reel Muzik Werks.

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

Additional Speaker Information

Jeff Brabec is Vice President of Business Affairs for BMG Rights Management (US) LLC (BMG). BMG is the fourth largest music publisher in the world and owns and controls over two million copyrights. Brabec specializes in evaluating, analyzing, projecting income and negotiating music publishing catalogue acquisitions in addition to songwriter, co-publishing, administration, subpublishing and direct license agreements as well as music licensing and termination rights issues. Previously, he has been Vice President of Business Affairs for both The Chrysalis Music Group and The PolyGram Music Group and Director of Business Affairs for The Welk Music Group and Arista-Interworld Music Group. A graduate of New York University School of Law, he has also been a government legal services attorney.

Brabec is the co-author 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 is also co-author of the Music Publishing chapter of the 2018 Juris Publications multiple volume treatise "The Essential Guide To Entertainment Law". He has been awarded the Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism and The Texas Star Award by the Entertainment & Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Texas 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 which have appeared in the NARAS Journal, the American Bar Association Sports And Entertainment Journal, New York Law Journal, Advertising Age, Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment, Publishing And The Arts Handbook, Entertainment Law & Finance Magazine, the Entertainment Law Reporter, The Screen Composers Guild Publication and the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers Music Handbook, among others. Brabec also lectures extensively on the business and legal aspects of the music industry.

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 " Music, Money and Success: the Insider's Guide to Making Money in the Music Business"(7th edition/ Schirmer Books/ 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 former Governing Committee member as well as Music and Budget Chair of the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. He is the 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 in charge of all Membership operations throughout the world, all PRO competitive analysis as well as all advances, loans and other contractual financial arrangements and 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 policies and 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 practically all policies, formulas and rules which were not in the best interests of songwriters, composers and music publishers or which had a negative effect on their earnings. He and his staffs were responsible for taking ASCAP from a total 20% overall market share and 60 million dollars in annual revenue to market share PRO competitive dominance in radio, broadcast television and cable and worldwide top grossing feature film scores and 995 million dollars in annual revenue.

Brabec lectures extensively at colleges and universities and has been a panelist at many major conferences and seminars throughout the world. He is the author or co-author of many articles on the business and law of music including the Music Publishing Law chapter in the 2018 multiple volume treatise, “The Essential Guide to Entertainment Law" (Juris Publications).

Website: musicandmoney.com, Contact: toddbrabec@gmail.com.

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