Starting in June, the author of this blog, Law on the Row – 20-year entertainment attorney veteran Barry Neil Shrum – will be taking the show on the road! On June 5, 2009, Mr. Shrum will conduct the first of a series of national seminars called MBA, Music Business Academy.
Mr. Shrum initiated this series of seminars to address a perceived need in the industry: that a growing number of artists, entertainers and songwriters who might benefit from the expertise of an entertainment attorney, could not afford to retain an attorney and get the help they need due to upfront fees and retainers. To this end, the mission statement for MBA is “music business education for the do-it-yourself generation!” This unique series of one-day sessions will provide the upcoming and established mid-tier artist, musician, songwriter and other music industry professionals with a cost-effective method of obtaining an essential legal foundation for day-to-day music industry survival.
The goal of the seminar is to create a sense of being in the client chair, Mr. Shrum will unravel the essential provisions of various industry-specific agreements – bringing clarity to the legalese and identifying red flags in the “small print.” Some specific agreements covered in the MBA session are:
* the exclusive recording agreement (and the new 360 deal)
* the exclusive songwriting agreement
* the personal management agreement
For the do-it-yourself generation, Mr. Shrum will also explain the details and implications of guerilla marketing on the web. He will explore the typical iTunes deal as well as other online distribution issues relevant to today’s guerilla marketers.
When asked about the seminar, Riq Lazarus, of Lazarus Management Group, said:
"Barry Shrum gets it! The music business is undergoing radical change. It is absolutely essential that today’s artists have an understanding of the legal issues facing them in this new era of "do-it-yourself" broadcasting. And because he has the heart of a teacher, Barry’s immense knowledge and experience enables him to empower you with the understanding you need to protect your creations."
It is Mr. Shrum’s goal that attendees walk away from the seminar with a functional understanding of basic copyright, trademark and contract law — a virtual “MBA” in the music business! Attendees will also receive specialized written materials as a continuing reference and valuable resource and are given the opportunity to purchase reduced rate legal services from Mr. Shrum.
The date of June 5, 2009 has been set for Chattanooga – the day before the Riverbend Festival – and plans are in the works for seminars in Denver, Colorado and Charlotte, West Virginia. Other cities under consideration are Austin, Texas, Baltimore, Maryland, Boston, Massachusetts, Atlanta, Georgia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To see if your city is being considered, or to vote for your city, take the online poll.