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Key Points in Record Label Contracts, Music Publishing Deals, and Digital Music Performance Licenses

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Produced on March 31, 2017

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Course Information

Time 62 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

In this program, attorneys Joel Schoenfeld and Alexandra Jiga from Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp will discuss key points in record label contracts, music publishing deals, and music performance licenses. The program will begin with a discussion of key deal points in record label contracts, including items such as royalties, marketing support, merchandise, and creative control. Schoenfeld and Jiga will then provide a quick overview of the various types of music publishing agreements and then essential issues to consider in music publishing contracts.

The program will also cover publishing rights associated with blanket music performance licenses for digital music performance on websites and within apps, and will wrap up with a brief look at performance rights societies both at home and abroad.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Review essential items of consideration when negotiating record label contracts, music publishing contracts, and digital music performance licenses
  2. Understand the distinction between different types of music publishing agreements
  3. Examine the various issues implicated in blanket music performance licenses
  4. Discuss performance rights societies that exist both domestically and internationally 

Credit Information

This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit

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Joel Schoenfeld

Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

Joel Schoenfeld, partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, specializes in licensing and protecting digital rights globally, negotiating and drafting various music industry label, artist, publishing and songwriter contracts, international intellectual property, and mergers & acquisitions.

Before joining MSK, Joel spent several years operating businesses in the music industry, making him a valuable asset to his clients because of his appreciation for the challenges they face in running their businesses every day.

Representative Matters

  • Provides copyright policy advice to a major international music publisher
  • Represents several young singer/songwriters looking to have careers at a major level in the entertainment world
  • Represented Major Music Publisher in complex acquisition agreements.
  • Represents Major Record Label on digital and copyright issues
  • Represents a major online entertainment company in acquisition and intellectual property matters
  • Represented major cable television network in transactional matters
  • Represented two of the largest venture capital funds and one of the largest investment banks in digital music investments
  • Represents start-up websites and app developers

Professional, Business, and Civic Affiliations

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, New York Law School

Alexandra Jiga

Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

Ms. Jiga is a transactional associate in the New York office of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP. Her expertise is in entertainment and IP transactions and counseling clients on IP matters.

Representative Matters

  • Draft and review option purchase agreements, life story rights agreements, and other agreements for the acquisition of underlying rights for television, film, web series, live theater, and other exploitation
  • Draft and review development, financing, production-related, license, and distribution agreements for television, film, web series, and live theater
  • Draft and review asset purchase, assignment, quitclaim, and other IP transfer agreements in connection with major IP-based transactions; perform diligence on IP assets
  • Draft and review recording artist agreements, music publishing agreements, public performance licenses, and other music agreements
  • Advise digital music services on rights issues
  • Draft and review software license and reseller agreements


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Gerald M.

Great stuff. Good intro. Very complex fields.

Gerard M.

good class

Marvin C.

Difficult topics to cover in one overview lecture but alerts attorneys to various options and triggers about which to be alert.

Karlos E.

Great Course!

john n.

Very well done and informative

Stephanie O.

Excellent presenters.

daniel c.

very good and detailed overview, particularly on publishing contracts and creative rights.

Dwight B.


Jesse H.

Great job by the instructors!


Enjoyed the speakers.

Pamela C.

Very good presentation; made me aware of how complex this area is.

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