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A Primer on Music Publishing

1h 1m

Created on February 07, 2019




Publishing is the most byzantine and arcane area of the music and recording business. It can be daunting to navigate, and misinformation runs rampant. In this session, veteran music business attorney Ron Bienstock will reveal what you must know about music publishing. Mr. Bienstock has represented such writers and artists as Billy Joel, Living Colour, Goo Goo Dolls, Simple Plan, Winger, King Diamond, Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson, Greg Phillinganes, Shawn Patterson (Everything Is Awesome), Peggy Stanziale (Dress You Up), and Barrett Strong among many others.

Mr. Bienstock will also provide an overview of the income streams in music publishing including but not limited to performance royalties, synchronization licenses, mechanical royalties, print and grand rights. Also included will be a discussion on the different types of music publishing agreements.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain an overview of the many different facets involved in music publishing including all of the income streams that make up music publishing
  2. Explore the nuts and bolts of what's involved in music publishing deals, including understanding the distinction between various types of agreements
  3. Develop strategies for representing clients in the modern music business

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