Music Business Academy - Chattanooga

Chattanooga, TN
Friday, June 05, 2009

Music Business Academy - Chattanooga
Friday, June 05, 2009 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (Central Time)

Hilton Garden Inn/Downtown Chattanooga
311 Chestnut Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402

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Music business education
for the "do-it-yourself" generation!

This session of Music Business Academy is offered by Mr. Barry Neil Shrum, a 20-year veteran in entertainment law.  Mr. Shrum is based on Music Row, the heart of "Music City, U.S.A." - Nashville, Tennessee.  MBA is a unique series of sessions providing the upcoming and established mid-tier artist, musician, songwriter and other music industry professionals with the essential legal foundation for music industry survival.  Mr. Shrum unravels the essential provisions of various industry-specific agreements just as if you were in the client chair - bringing clarity to the legalese and identifying red flags in the "small print."  Some specific agreements covered in the MBA session are:

            *    the exclusive recording agreement
            *    the exclusive songwriting agreement 
            *    the personal management agreement 

For the do-it-yourself generation, Mr. Shrum will also explain the details of a typical iTunes deal as well as other online distribution issues relevant to today's guerilla marketers.    

Attendees walk away with a functional understanding of basic copyright, trademark and contract law -- a virtual "MBA" in the music business!  Specialized written materials are provided to all attendees of MBA as a continuing reference and valuable resource.

For more information about Barry Neil Shrum, visit his website or his blog Law on the Row.

Here's what the professionals say about MBA:

"Barry Shrum gets it!  The music business is undergoing radical change.  It is absolutely essential that today's artists have an understanding of the legal issues facing them in this new era of "do-it-yourself" broadcasting.  And because he has the heart of a teacher, Barry's immense knowledge and experience enables him to empower you with the understanding you need to protect your creations."  - Richard Lazarus, Lazarus Management Group

Also endorsed by
Jennifer Gregory of Re:Sound
Chuck Crowder, the Noog

Seminar Agenda


1.   Copyright Law 101                                                      (8:30 - 8:45 a.m.)

    a.    What is it
    b.    How does it impact songwriters & Artists
            (1)    Sound Recording
                (a)    How do we protect our recordings
            (2)    Musical Compositions
                (a)    How do I protect my songs
            (3)    Books
            (4)    Visual Arts

2.    Trademark Law 101                                                       (8:45 - 9:15 a.m.)
    a.    Trademark, Service mark & Trade Dress
        i.    How do we protect the band’s name or my performance name
    b.    Rights of Publicity

3.    Licensing 101                                                                        (9:15 - 9:30 a.m.)
    a.    Merchandise
    b.    Music
    c.    Name & Likeness
    d.    Character

4.    Band Business Law 101                                              (9:30 - 10:00 a.m.)
    a.    Formation of entity
        i.    Partnership
        ii.    LLC
        iii.    Corporation
    b.    Anatomy of a Band Agreement
    c.    Who owns the copyrights?
    d.    Taxation Issue

5.    Contract Law 101                                                            (10:15 - 10:30 a.m.)
    a.    Basic Issues
        i.    Formation
        ii.    Termination
        iii.    Breach

6.    Contract Law 201                                                           (10:30 - 11:45 a.m.)
    a.    Types of contracts important to Songwriters
        i.    Publishing
            (1)    Anatomy of an Exclusive Songwriting Agreement
        ii.    Other types of contracts
            (1)    Licensing
            (2)    Merchandising

(Lunch on your own)


6.    Contract Law 201 (continued)

    b.    Types of contracts important to Artists                        (12:30 - 1:30 p.m.)
        i.    Recording Contracts
            (1)    Anatomy of a Recording Agreement
        ii.    Other types of contracts
            (1)    Anatomy of a Management Agreement
            (2)    Anatomy of a Performance Contract & Booking Agreement
            (3)    Distribution Agreements

7.    Computer Law 101                                            (1:30 - 2:45 p.m.)
    a.    Distribution of Music of the Internet
        i.    Anatomy of an ITunes Deal
            (1)    How much does it cost and how much money do I make
            (2)    What are the usage rights
            (3)    Is it better to give it away
        ii.    Aggregators
        iii.    Social Networks
            (1)    Anatomy of a Social Network Terms of Usage
    b.    Domain Names
        i.    Relationship to trademark
        ii.    Domain Name Disputes

8.    Litigation 101                                                                        (2:45 - 3:15 p.m.)
    a.    Defending Artist’s Rights
    b.    Infringement Actions
        i.    Copyright
        ii.    Trademark
    c.    Breach of Contract

9.    Venture Capital 101                                                        (3:15 - 4:00 p.m.)
    a.    Types of Angel Investors
    b.    Anatomy of an Investor Agreement    

10.    Reclamation of Copyright 101                           (4:00 - 4:30 p.m.)
    a.    Windows of Opportunity
    b.    Anatomy of a Reclamation Letter


Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • Registration for the full-day MBA Seminar is $250.  Registrants who apply for the full seminar before midnight on May 15, 2009 receive a 20% discount off the full rate. A bound copy of the seminar materials is included in the registration fee.  The fee also includes complimentary danish and coffee in the morning and an afternoon snack.   Time will be provided for lunch (meal not included).  As an additional value, during the registration process, you may purchase select legal services and merchandise from Mr. Barry Neil Shrum at greatly reduced rates, well below his normal hourly rate. 

    Most all major credit cards are accepted, as well as PayPal express.
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