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Composer and Music Licensing Agreements for Film, TV, & New Media

  • Saturday, April 16, 2011
  • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • The Recording Academy (Board Room), 3030 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404 (Free lot parking)


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Part Three, of a 4-Part Series, titled "Music Industry Legal & Business Workshops."

With Gordon P. Firemark, Esq.

This workshop will provide a brief overview of the current film and television music landscape, particularly in an era of shrinking budgets and fragmented audiences. We'll navigate typical composing and licensing agreements, shed light on strategies for negotiating the best possible deal, and highlight the most common pitfalls. You'll learn: copyright law fundamentals for composers and songwriters; terms and conditions of a typical film composer deal; how to retain ownership of your music when dealing with independent filmmakers; when to say "no" to a "work made for hire" provision; terms of typical Master Use and Synchronization License Agreements; and how to make sure you get your PRO royalties.

Gordon P. Firemark, Esq., practices entertainment law in Los Angeles, helping artists and others in the fields of theatre, film, television, music, and media realize their dreams.  Over his nearly 20 years in practice, he’s advised countless young artists and their parents in connection with their dealings in this exciting, but challenging industry. He is the producer and host of the Entertainment Law Update podcast, and teaches Business Law at Loyola Marymount University and Theatre Law at Southwestern Law School.



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