Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Austin Music Foundation Legal Series: Music Law Essentials

Austin Music FoundationThe Austin Music Foundation (visit here) is hosting a series of seminars for all you musicians, managers, and fans curious about music law. Topics will include music publishing, copyright basics, and business contracts. Sounds like some good knowledge to have. Below is the list of seminars and their schedules. You can RSVP for free (see info below) for one or all four of the classes, but do so quickly. Space is limited. Also, the AMF is hosting a mixer tonight at Threadgill's from 6:30 to 8:30, if you're so inclined.

The What, Why, and How of Music Publishing
Tuesday, July 7, 7:00 pm
Instructor: Ed Fair
From AMF: What is publishing? What does a music publisher do? Attorney Ed Fair will cover self-publishing and third-party publishing agreements and explain the costs and benefits of both. The session will cover royalties, how to become your own publisher, co-publishing, and much more.

Copyright and Trademark Basics for Musicians
Monday, July 13, 7:00 pm
Instructor: Deena Kalai
From AMF: What can copyright registration do for you? Deena Kalai demystifies this process and explains why artists should file copyright registrations for their original material, and how to do it the right way simply and affordably. Also covered will be an introduction to trademarks, how you can maximize protection of your band's name, and for new bands, issues to consider in picking a name and developing your brand.

Sign Here: Reading the Fine Print in Music Business Contracts
Monday, July 27, 7:00 pm
Instructor: Buck McKinney
From AMF: This session will cover a myriad of contracts you might come across as a working musician. Buck McKinney will walk you through many types of music-business contracts including performing rights, live performance and producer agreements, songwriting, work for hire, graphic artist, and consignment deals. How to make sure your band knows what to watch out for and when to "sign here."

Your Band as a Business
Monday, August 3, 7:00 pm
Instructor: Daniel Scardino
From AMF: If your goal is to make money with your music, then you’ve got to operate like a business. David Scardino will tell you how to legally establish your band as a business in the best way for an artist entrepreneur. What you need to know about taxes, shared bank accounts, and written agreements between band members. Learn how to play it safe and how not to let a band breakup break your bank.

To register for one or more classes:

* Email kim@austinmusicfoundation.org.
* Indicate which classes you would like to attend.
* Provide your full name if it's not evident from your email address.
* You may register for yourself only.
* Class space is limited; first come, first served.
* You will receive an email back confirming your registration or letting you know the class is full.

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Joe said...

This is a great initiative.

We (at GigPay) have a live performance contracts tool and I can't help thinking that any information gained by our users and the musicians in general will be a huge help in the way that they interact with it and other industry processes.

I'll push these seminars to our users in the locality.

Ajay M said...

Great idea, Joe. Thanks for reading and responding.