I’m a bit spent after SXSW (read below). Or maybe I’m just old. Anyway, I’m going to suck it up and head down to the party that is the Winter Music Conference.
While I’m sure it will be fun, I’m there to work and spread my knowledge of copyrights and publishing (which is also fun). In my on going quest of getting musicians to treat their music like a business, I’m fortunate to be speaking on a panel with other lawyers and industry execs who feel the same way. In the ever changing industry which is seeing the rise of the do-it-yourself artist and the demise of the major label, it is even more important for the independent artist to protect her work and capitalize from all available avenues of income. We will be focusing on the steps necessary to do just that.
I’ll be speaking at the Copyright and Publishing Panel on Friday, March 27, 2009 at 1:30 (EST). Here’s a run down of the details:
1:30 PM Intellectual Property: Songwriting & Publishing Forum
Panel Room: Valencia Panel Ready Rm: Madrid
Learn how to protect your songs, programs, and ideas effectively. What are the pros and cons of publishing under a label or independently? Can you copyright your songs years after the release date? This panel takes an in-depth look at copyright laws and publishing contracts.
|Moderator:||Brandon Bakshi – BMI|
|Panelists:||Corey Boddie, Esq.- Boddie & Associates, PC
Steven Greenberg- Carey, Rodriguez, Greenberg & Paul, LLP
Josh Kaplan- Lawyer4Musicians.com/Stahl Cowen
Frank Liwall- The Royalty Network
Mark Quail- Q&A Music Rights Admin. Inc.
This phrase, not used very often by your humble author, precisely captures the first ever Lawyer4musicians.com Showcase which coincided with SXSW in Austin, TX. I will have a full run down of how awesome it was but I wanted to thank everyone:
Austin Promoter: Sun Jue.
The Venue: Momo’s (huge shout out to Kate);
My law partner: Brian Troglia (nice job on security);
And Obviously the Talented Musicians who collectively killed it all day: DJ Clinton Sparks; Whatzisface; French Horn Rebellion, Hey Champ; Kidz in the Hall, Pac Div and The Cool Kids. Special thanks to Fatlip who stuck around all day on the 1s and 2s; amazing.
Stay tuned for more updates with pictures and video from the event.
I’m sure I missed some people, so thanks to those I missed.
Thanks to Larry from http://www.mashfest.com for the first video.
Go to the this page for a review posted by Vapors.
Exciting stuff in my world this week. My lovely and talented wife was named as one of the Fresh Faces in Fashion by Gen Art. Obviously I have known for a long time how truly fresh her face and her jewelry are, but the fashion world has officially caught on to her brilliance. Check out her wares at www.tokicollection.com. Guys, special attention should be focused on Toki’s hat trick www.tokicollection.com/hattrick.html. It’s the perfect gift for a guy to give to his lady friend. One purchase equals a year of jewelry and, consequently, a year’s worth of your lady’s appreciation (theoretically).
Unless you express your love to your significant other through interpretive dance or macrame, the hat trick is a no brainer; trust me. For more info on the Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion go to www.genart.org/fashion.event.htm.
More excitement, if you can take it. The Hideout Block Party is this weekend and all the folks from the Future of Music Coalition folks will be there in full effect “spreading the word about the importance of net neutrality to musicians as part of One Web Day – a worldwide celebration of the open Internet” (their language not mine). The block party should be great though as a lot of cool bands are playing. Check out www.hideoutblockparty.com for more info.
The hits just keep on coming…after the weekend of excellent music and jewelery purchasing, come to the Future of Music Coalitions: What’s the Future for Musicians? seminar on Monday at the Old Town School of Folk Music. I will be speaking with some other panel types about how to actually make money as a musician in today’s over-saturated music marketplace. If you are a musician you can still apply for a free pass to the seminar. Seminars usually have a NyQuil type effect on me, but this one is chalk full of some great speakers (myself not included) and some pretty interesting topics, so come check it out.
Finally, best band name for a band playing at the Hideout Block Party: Although it’s tough to beat Neil Hamburger’s Drunken Spelling Bee, I’m giving it to The Uglysuit as they are more of a band as compared to Neil’s Spelling competition and they rock in an appealing melodic way. Plus they have this wicked flyer ready to go: