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June 18, 2020

Time: 2:30 p.m. PST

WEEKLY WEBINAR: Music Licensing In The Digital Age


For years, any type of digital music use was set forth as a separate agreement or a catch all addendum to an agreement or as an afterthought.  That world is long gone. In today’s world of music licensing encompassing multiple platforms and delivery methods, digital/online clauses are part of practically every traditional media license as well as all “new media” exploitation agreements. 

This webinar, by the authors of the book “Music, Money and Success”(8th edition), will discuss the incorporation of digital into current agreements, the additional considerations and negotiating points that have to be dealt with and the economics as well as “backend” royalties emanating from these deals.

Areas covered include feature film, television and video game licenses, audio and audio-visual streaming services (Netflix, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora, etc.), ASCAP, BMI. GMR and SESAC agreements, distribution formulas and payments, direct, source and work-for-hire agreements, the multiple configurations of mechanicals, holograms, consumer products, online instructional lessons, the dramatization of songs and the effect that the CRB, MLC, DOJ, litigation and voluntary industry agreements have on the licensing process.

Our weekly webinar is free for all Professional and Premier members of any chapter and only $5 for non-members.  

If you are a non-LA member, you may also register via email.   

Please note that the time for this webinar is 2:30 pm PST/4:30 CST/5:30 EST

There will be time for Q&A in the Zoom chat box near the end of the webinar.   


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

Todd Brabec, Esq.
Todd Brabec, Esq., Entertainment Law attorney and former ASCAP Executive Vice President



AIMP Panel

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via Zoom (details emailed to registrants)


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Attention attorneys: this activity may be approved for  up to 1.0 hour of self-study Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California.  Our AIMP LA provider number is 1870 for your self-study log.  

Additional Speaker Information

Jeff Brabec is Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for BMG Rights Management (U.S.) LLC (BMG). Brabec specializes in evaluating, analyzing, projecting income and negotiating music publishing catalogue acquisitions in addition to songwriter, co-publishing, administration, sub-publishing, 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 Corporation). 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, 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 and the California Copyright Conference's Apollo Award.

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 database 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 Corporation), 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), 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 the California Copyright Conference's Apollo Award 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. Plus, 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 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 that 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, 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 hundreds 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; The 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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