Aug 09 2011

Navigating Recording Artists Through The Entertainment Industry (2 units)

In order to find success, or at least to be able to quit her "day job", the 21st century recording artist needs to be part creator, part promoter, and part business person.

Sailing through the shark-infested waters of the entertainment industry is a daunting task for singers, songwriters and recording artists, most of whom cannot arrive safely at their destination without the assistance of a lawyer who "knows the ropes." Your cruise director, Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., is an entertainment lawyer with 25 years' experience as a music attorney and private practitioner. You will be instructed on the details of many of the typical contracts that every entertainment attorney needs to understand in order to represent recording artists. These contracts include: recording studio; music publishing; record production; live concert; management; agency; multiple rights; digital distribution; synchronization; branding; and more.

COURSE OBJECTIVES - click to expand

  • At the completion of the Navigating Recording Artists Through The Entertainment Industry Law course, the student will be able to:
  • draft contracts from either side of the negotiating table and will understand the competing positions each party to the contract may take;
  • incorporate drafting and negotiation techniques in connection with a variety of music industry contracts, including recording studio, music publishing, record production, live concert, management, agency, multiple rights, digital distribution, synchronization, branding, and more; and
  • utilize the “practice tips” provided throughout the course in the student’s day-to-day operations in their entertainment law practice.

GRADING POLICY - click to expand

  • This course includes 1 ten question multiple choice quiz which will account for 10% of the overall grade; 2 drafting assignments which will each account for 20% of the overall grade, (collectively totaling 40%); and the final examination, which will account for 50% of the overall grade.
  • Drafting assignments (both stand-alone assignments and within the final examination) will be graded based on “real world” usefulness to a typical supervising attorney or client. This includes, but is not limited to: general organization (20%); ability to identify and address the appropriate legal and factual issues (50%); spelling, grammar, punctuation (15%); and choice of wording and emphasis on importance of the issues addressed by the student (15%).
  • The final examination will be an open-book examination, consisting of multiple choice questions and a drafting assignments “Open-book" means that students may use any of the assigned materials, as well as their own notes and outlines created throughout the course.