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Where Law and Music Meet: A Practical Introduction to Music Law for Emerging Artists and their Representatives

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An introduction to the legal Issues at the heart of how musicians interact, make music, and earn a living. With students from Harvard Law School leading the workshop, we will discuss topics including split sheets, copyrights, sampling, and performance rights. Additionally, we will discuss the availability of employment benefits for freelance musicians in light of COVID-19.

PANELISTS

Lowry Yankwich

Lowry Yankwich

Co-President, Recording Artists Project at Harvard Law School

Lowry Yankwich is a third-year J.D. student at Harvard Law School and a Co-President of the Recording Artists Project. The Recording Artists Project, a student practice organization at HLS, provides pro bono legal assistance to musicians. Student teams in the Recording Artists Project have worked with clients to form band agreements, licensing contracts, and split sheets, among other legal services, and regularly collaborate with students at the Berklee College of Music. In addition to legal work, the group holds events throughout the year, bringing high-profile speakers from the music industry to campus (or, now, virtual panels) to speak with students. Before coming to law school, Lowry worked for two years at the Environmental Defense Fund, with a brief stint in Helsinki working for Gemic Oy, a consulting firm. Lowry graduated from Stanford University in 2016 with a Bachelor's in History. He has played classical music all his life and is currently working on a podcast about J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations called "30 from 1.”

Brian Price

Brian Price

Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Brian Price is a Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Director of the law school’s Transactional Law Clinics, where he teaches transactional law and supervises the legal practice of law students handling entertainment, business, non-profit, community economic development and real estate legal matters. Professor Price also serves as faculty advisor and supervising attorney of Harvard Law School’s Recording Artist Project, a music law practice and student organization; as well as faculty advisor of the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project, a student practice organization assisting start-up businesses. In his outside practice, Attorney Price represents entertainment industry clients (including several Grammy winners) consisting of artists, producers, songwriters, indie labels, multi-media and marketing firms, as well as other business clients. Formerly, Professor Price was the Director of the Harvard Law School WilmerHale Legal Services Center, a comprehensive civil law clinical placement. Prior to joining Harvard Law School, Professor Price served as General Counsel and Senior Director of Certification and Enforcement at the State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance within the Massachusetts Department of Economic Development; was a member of the legal department of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company; and maintained his own community-based law practice. Professor Price is a graduate of Princeton University and University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Chris Zheng

Chris Zheng

Oversight Director, Recording Artists Project at Harvard Law School

Chris Zheng is a rising 2L at Harvard Law School specializing in arts and entertainment law. He graduated from Columbia University in 2019 with dual degrees in political science and art history and has done work in nonprofit arts advocacy. He is currently a case leader with DoggHouse Co., a media and entertainment consultancy, and a summer intern at the Center for Art Law. At Harvard, he serves as oversight director for the Recording Artists Project, where he helps organize student attorneys and music industry clients in need of pro bono legal services. He is also the vice president of fashion and fine arts programming for the Committee on Sports & Entertainment Law and a senior articles editor for the Journal on Sports & Entertainment Law. 

Anil Partridge

Anil Partridge

Events Director, Recording Artists Project at Harvard Law School

Anil Partridge is a second-year student at Harvard, Events Director and former Team Leader with the Recording Artists Project. Anil earned a B.A. in Philosophy and English Literature with High Distinction (summa cum laude) from the University of Toronto, where he worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Philosophy and a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Law and the Department of English. A lifelong classical violinist and avid jazz guitarist with a deep passion for music, Anil has worked as a session musician in hip hop, folk and indie rock genres, and plans to practice law in the music industry, directly representing artists.