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A Musician’s Guide to Copyright Law
Join the Recording Artists Project of Harvard Law School as it partners with Mondo to bring you an introduction to music law and how musicians get paid for their creative endeavors. We will cover copyrights, performance rights, and sampling, plus a look into emerging legal issues in the music world. This is a free zoom but RSVP is required. Please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sc--urzMoGNALw97cnSdbsPMRNmj7ok82
The Restatement of Copyright: What You Need to Know
The American Law Institute’s Restatement of Copyright project has garnered unprecedented attention from practitioners, scholars, the RIAA and NMPA, the Register of Copyrights, and even members of Congress. In this session, we will explore the Restatement project and its implications. Panelists will include members of the advisory group for the Restatement Project and will offer a range of perspectives and insights.
Music Managers Forum - US Presents Artist & Manager in Conversation
Back by popular demand! Mondo NYC and MMF-US (Music Manager’s Forum-US) comes back at you this October with a special conversation between artist and manager. Stay tuned!
Keynote Conversation: SoundExchange CEO Michael Huppe
SoundExchange is proud to kick off Mondo 2021 on Tuesday, October 12 with a series of must-see programs on the future of music in our digital-first age. SoundExchange President & CEO Michael Huppe will open Tuesday’s track with a keynote conversation road mapping his vision for a more simple, efficient, and creator-friendly future.
“It is a dynamic time in the world of music marked by continued transformation,” said Huppe. “As the economics of listening evolve, so too must our industry. I look forward to joining the Mondo community as we come together for another year of meaningful and exciting discussion about the future of music.”
Under Huppe’s leadership, SoundExchange continues to turn mass quantities of data into accurate revenue for creators with state-of-the-art fintech solutions specifically designed to address the music industry’s greatest challenges. He’ll share key insights on how SoundExchange and the industry at large are leveling up for the next decade of success and beyond. Additional featured programming will center on hot topics such as technology solutions for the business of music, advocating for artists and creators, royalty and rights management, and more.
Radio Reinvented: Where and How does Radio Still Fit In?
This panel will feature promotions team, radio reps, and streaming leaders (who once worked in radio) to explore how the structure, format, and industry around radio helped to inform today’s streaming age. What we learned from radio, how it was reinvented and where we are heading.
Music Litigation Update
From the recording studio to SDKs to virtual worlds and NFTs, litigants and courts are delving more deeply and broadly into novel applications of copyright at the intersection of music and technology. This panel of established litigators will distill recent developments in music litigations, and discuss risk assessment and enforcement strategies in this dynamic and evolving music ecosystem,
Digital Streaming: Envisioning a More Equitable Model
The pandemic has led many streaming royalty recipients to take a hard look at their royalty statements and question the fairness of how streaming and other digital royalties are split. This panel will look at the recent UK-based government hearings on this issue, user-centric and other digital payment models, and the laws and regulations which would have to be changed in order to start rebalancing digital royalty payments.
Better, Stronger and Recouping Faster: The Super Powers of the Audit:
There are few rights in any contract that have the power, the might, or the righteousness of the audit. It has the power to expose human errors, bad business practices, and outdated customs. It can accelerate income, facilitate communication, and expose systemic problems. Audits are essential to good business hygiene and to getting artists paid what they are due, but they are especially important if you are contemplating an asset sale and want to maximize a catalog’s valuation. This panel will discuss when and how to initiate an audit, what to expect during the process, and how you can ensure you are harnessing its full potential to improve your business and its bottom line.
The Risks and Rewards of NFTs in the Music Industry
NFTs continue to present exciting revenue opportunities and novel legal risks for both music industry players and the NFT platforms working with them. This panel will discuss the ever-changing landscape of NFTs in the music industry, touching on the latest developments from a legal perspective, trends in commercial opportunities, and common intellectual property rights and regulatory issues impacting NFT partnerships. This panel will also explore how the NFT explosion may impact royalty and rights tracking in the music industry.
Catalog Shopping 2021
The catalog sale market continues to expand and evolve, with existing buyers expanding their holdings, the major labels getting back into acquisitions, and new players emerging on a weekly basis. In addition, the types of assets being acquired, and the deal sizes (both larger and smaller), are broadening in ways never before seen. This panel will discuss these changes in the marketplace and will feature the voices of several prominent buy-side and sell-side experts as they discuss how these changes are affecting the deal-making process.
International Deal Making
With Latin and K-pop music infiltrating US pop culture, we believe it is time to take a closer look into the nuts and bolts of deal making in those genres. From recording agreements, publishing agreements, endorsement agreements and the general advantage of cross-cultural collaborations, it is important to understand the distinctions in business models, accounting practices, and strategies, along with the development of multicultural literacy when working with global talent. Join us as a diverse and dynamic group of practitioners with deep knowledge in the area engage in a conversation about important issues pertaining to these exciting and growing markets.
The State of the Music Business 2021
Just when it seemed that the music industry had settled around a new model — one where live entertainment is an artist’s main source of revenue — the pandemic completely up-ended the business. Suddenly, publishing and recorded music began growing in value exponentially while the concert business was almost completely shut down for nearly a year and a half. But with the industry slowly — and hopefully — returning to pre-pandemic conditions, what happens next? Will the touring business return fully to normal within a year? Two years? Ever? (And how many independent concert venues will still be in business if and when it does?) Is livestreaming here to stay? And will publishing and recorded-music catalogs keep growing in value, or is this a bubble? It’s all a moving target, but we’ll gather leaders from key industry sectors to try to make some sense of it and offer possible pathways forward.