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October 17, 2019

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

Music Licensing$ Today: A Complex But Understandable World

With the use of music across all platforms at an all time high, the contracts, licenses, negotiations, considerations, fees, guarantees and “backend royalties” reflecting these uses have entered a new realm of complexity and long term significance. This panel will discuss how many of these music deals are structured and how the “economics” have, in many cases, changed dramatically for writers and publishers.

Areas covered include, among others, the multiple types of traditional film and television licenses, Netflix, Amazon and Hulu audio visual streaming services, Spotify and Pandora audio streams,  ASCAP, BMI, GMR and SESAC agreements, distribution formulas and payments, direct, source , “work-for-hire” and “buyout” licenses and agreements, video games,  mechanicals in multiple configurations, movies being made into Broadway musicals and vice versa, holograms, dramatizing songs for feature films and television series and the role that the Music Licensing Collective, the DOJ, the CRB, arbitration and voluntary negotiations play in the royalty process.

Reservation Cutoff: October 17, 2019

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Jeff Brabec, Esq.
Senior Vice President Legal & Business Affairs BMG

Todd Brabec, Esq.
Co-Author “Music, Money and Success”/Adjunct Professor USC



AIMP Panel

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

Lawry's Roasted Prime Ribs Of Beef (Cutoff: October 17, 2019)
Grilled Chicken Breast w/ Butternut Squash & Haricot Verts (Cutoff: October 17, 2019)
Grilled Salmon w/Sweet Yam Puree & Yellow Beans (Cutoff: October 17, 2019)
Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Butter & Parmesan Cheese (Cutoff: October 17, 2019)

AIMP Members - $50.00 per person
AIMP Non-Members - $75.00 per person

Our banking sponsor for this event is:

Parking: Self-parking is available on site at no additional charge.

Reservations accepted online at www.aimp.org or by telephone at 818-771-7301 until Wednesday, October 16th at 11:00 a.m.  Advance registration deadline with entree choice also ends on Wednesday, October 16th at 11:00 a.m.  Premier Members and/or groups of 5 or more who have RSVP'd and paid online may request reserved seating by e-mail or phone, 818-771-7301.  We will do our best to accommodate late reservations made the day before the event, but please be advised that entrée selection and space may be limited. Online reservations can be paid online by credit card.  Payment at the door is by cash, check or credit card, and prices will be higher at $60 for members and $85 for non-members. Those who walk up without a reservation will be served whatever is available, but most likely prime rib, and may have to wait at entry

Full-time students with a current student I.D. - $47*

*Qualifying students must reserve by phone and pay in advance by check or at the door. There are no online reservation or payment services for this discounted rate.

NOTE TO BERKLEE ALUMNI: If you are inquiring in response to a special offer via the Berklee Newsletter, please email LAinfo@aimp.org for registration instructions.

Attention Students!  The AIMP has launched its education initiative at Lawry's.  What this means is that up to 8 students are allowed to attend each panel for $20 per person.  The fee does not include food. This is a great opportunity to learn about music publishing and network. You must RSVP and pay in advance via e-mail or by calling 818-771-7301.

Attention attorneys: this activity has been approved for 1.0 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.

[Pick up your certificate at the luncheon – AIMP cannot issue certificates after-the-fact.]

Additional Speaker Information

Jeff Brabec is Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for BMG Rights Management (US) LLC (BMG). Brabec specializes in evaluating, analyzing, projecting income and negotiating music publishing catalogue acquisitions in addition to songwriter, co-publishing, administration, subpublishing, Broadway musical, writer-for-hire motion picture 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" (8th Edition (2018) / 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 on the board of directors for the Mechanical Licensing Collective ("MLC") which was established by the Music Modernization Act ("MMA") to, among other things, create a comprehensive data base for musical compositions and ensure the collection and distribution of mechanical royalties for digital distribution of musical works in the United States. Brabec is also an adjunct professor at USC Thornton School of Music/Business Division where he teaches music publishing and licensing.

Todd Brabec, former ASCAP Executive Vice President and Worldwide Director of Membership, is an Entertainment Law attorney and industry consultant, a Deems Taylor Award winning co-author of " Music, Money and Success: the Insider's Guide to Making Money in the Music Business"( 8th edition/ Schirmer Books/ Music Sales) as well as the “Music Publishing Law” chapter in the 2018 Juris Publications two volume treatise “ The Essential Guide to Entertainment Law”, 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 and is a graduate of the New York University School of 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 throughout the world at conferences, universities, industry organizations and law firms and has been a panelist at major conferences and seminars throughout the world including the bar associations of California, New York, Georgia, Texas, Florida, Minnesota, Washington D.C., Tennessee and Beverly Hills, NATPE, PLI, ABA annual conference,Game Developers Conference, among others. He is the author or co-author of 100’s of published articles on the business and law of music including the ABA Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers annual Midem book, Entertainment, Law and Finance, Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts, Score, USC Law Spotlight, among others. His Mitchell Hamline Law Review article “The Performance Right: A World In Transition” was chosen by Thomson Reuters West as one of the best law review articles on Entertainment Law of 2016. Website:musicandmoney.com. Contact: toddbrabec@gmail.com.

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