Over the past 10 years, R & B, Rap, Pop, Latin, and Country music artists have increasingly contracted with artists in other genres to collaborate on recordings in an effort to broaden their reach in the music industry. Artists looking to increase their fan base, break into the music industry, or cross over into other genres will also seek the assistance of a known artist to appear as a featured artist on their recording. With the increasing trend of artists seeking to independently digitally distribute their music, following the proper protocol when hiring major label artists as guest performers is essential to obtain clearance or avoid being shut down.
This course, presented by Bernie Lawrence-Watkins, an esteemed entertainment law practitioner, will provide practical guidance to consider when seeking or hiring guest artists to perform on recordings.
Bernie Lawrence-Watkins is a seasoned transactional attorney and principal in the law firm of B. Lawrence Watkins & Associates, PC, concentrating in the areas of Entertainment, Copyrights and Trademark, New Media and Corporate Law. Throughout her career, she was able to establish a niche practice representing multi-platinum selling music producers who have created hits for notable hip-hop artists such as Lil’ Wayne, T.I., Nicki Minaj, Ludacris, 50 Cent, and P. Diddy, and R&B and Pop artists such as Usher, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Beyoncé, and Rihanna, to name a few. Some of her clients include music industry executives, music production companies, independent record labels, artists, managers, songwriters, film and television production companies, screenplay writers, video game developers, and clothing designers. Ms. Lawrence-Watkins frequently appears as a guest speaker and panelist at entertainment seminars and conferences across the country.
Prior to forming her law practice in late 2002, Ms. Lawrence-Watkins worked as a Contract Compliance Legal Specialist for the City of Atlanta. In her position at the City, she served as a legal liaison to the Law Department, supervised certification specialists regarding the Equal Business Opportunity program and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, implemented Equal Employment Opportunity and First Source Jobs program procedures. Mrs. Lawrence-Watkins also served as a federal lobbyist for a period of eight years.
Mrs. Lawrence-Watkins received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Howard University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore, School of Law. She is married with two sons.
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