Songwriters Law Seminar

Saturday, May 5, 2012

New York, NY

The Living Room
154 Ludlow St.
New York, NY 10002

Verse Two: Publishing Contracts (& Other Licensing Deal Terms)

This will be the second of a three-verse series presented by Beame & Mencher LLP, covering the business of music, songwriters and music publishing.

In this part, introduce the role of the music publisher. This part explores the different types of publishing agreements and the particular deal points to be negotiated. We will also discuss the major deal terms of any licensing contract, focusing on licenses for film, television, commercial, and video games. At the conclusion of this seminar, we’ll discuss the importance of treating your career like a business and walk you through the steps for creating your own business as songwriter/self-publisher; and we’ll present the additional factors a business person should consider in creating a full-fledged publishing company.

  • The role of a music publisher.
  • Material contract terms of a co-publishing and administration agreement.
  • Other music licenses and the important deal points to negotiate.
  • Starting your own music company – business formation 101.

A&R Guest: Michelle Fantus, Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Michelle Fantus has worked at Sony/ATV Music Publishing since 2007. As an A&R Manager, Michelle scouts new songwriters and artists, arranges co-writes and plugs songs for major-label artist projects. She has been instrumental in notable signings such as Skizzy Mars, The New Limb, He Is We (Universal Republic), and Karmin (Epic Records).

Cost: $40 for one session, $100 for three-session package. 
The May 5 session begins at 4 p.m. For more information visit