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March 18, 2021

Time: 6 PM EST

Legends Never Die: Heirs, Estates, and Legacies that Earn Into the Afterlife

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No one likes to talk about death (although some songwriters do write beautiful requiems), let alone plan for what happens after death. That said, we all know it is a guarantee and you can’t take songs with you to the hereafter.  Those that are left behind, including music publishers, heirs, and estranged family members, have to pick up the pieces to determine asset ownership, valuation matters and ongoing estate management. Further complications stem from songwriters dying intestate, conflicting wills, beneficiaries dying during the administration period, or even new heirs being discovered. Once an estate is finally settled, the parties may look to keep the legacy of the songwriter alive and develop income streams for the beneficiaries, in some cases by selling the catalogue.


This panel will discuss the world of heirs, estates, and legacies.  Areas covered include:


·   Legal matters of estate planning, including how estates are organized and probated

·  Financial due diligence for valuations of estates and potential catalogue acquisitions

·  Legal and financial challenges, decision making, and pitfalls to try to avoid during estate planning and catalogue sales

·  Creative and marketing of legacy catalogues to maximize value


These are just a few of the topics we will tackle in our discussion focused on how to navigate the complicated world of Estates, Trusts, and family matters. 




Beth Tractenberg, Esq.
Partner - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Nari Matsuura
Partner - Massarsky Consulting Inc.

Jeff Straughn
Chief Branding Officer - Primary Wave Music Publishing


John Ellwood, Esq.
Senior Attorney - Broadcast Music, Inc.

AIMP Panel

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Zoom: http://bit.ly/LegendsNeverDieWebinar


 Thanks to our exclusive bank sponsors


Additional Speaker Information

Beth Tractenberg guides high-net-worth individuals, families, and fiduciaries in international and domestic estate planning, contested matters, estate administration, the creation and advising of exempt organizations, and drafting and negotiating prenuptial agreements. Beth, who heads Steptoe’s Private Clients practice, provides comprehensive tax, personal, and business advice to families, working closely with their family offices and other advisers. Drawing on her tax and trusts and estates experience, Beth serves clients as a personal and family adviser on numerous business, management, and related personal issues, including issues involving real estate and business holdings in the United States and abroad. Beth has extensive experience advising international clients on cross-border and pre-immigration planning, gifting, estate planning, and other tax issues. She frequently assists in resolving business disputes and sensitively guides succession planning across generations of family members. Clients value her ability to successfully balance intra-family dynamics with efficient tax planning, and The National Law Journal recently named her to its "Trailblazers in Divorce, Trusts & Estates" list.

Nari Matsuura founded, developed and leads Massarsky Consulting’s valuation practice, which conducts the music valuations of most the industry’s funds, including Downtown Music Publishing, Hipgnosis, Primary Wave, Reservoir Media, Round Hill Music, Shamrock Capital Advisors, Spirit Music Group, Vine Alternative Investments, etc. The firm has also conducted the valuations of numerous notable music publishers, record companies, artist and songwriter catalogs. In aggregate, she has overseen the valuation of over $4B in unique asset valuations in the past year alone. In addition, since joining the firm in 2001 she has been a consultant to a number of music companies including Universal Music Publishing, Sony/ATV, Warner Chappell, the RIAA, among many others. Ms. Matsuura holds an MBA from Cornell University, as well as a Master's and Bachelor's degree of Music from The Juilliard School. Before pursuing her MBA, she was a concert pianist, recognized for her performances in major venues in North America and Asia.

John Ellwood is a Senior Attorney, Legal at (BMI) Broadcast Music, Inc. in New York. In this role, he supervises BMI’s Estate practice area as well as providing legal support to BMI’s Creative, Administrative and Distribution departments. He has received a B.A. in History from The College of Staten Island and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law.

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