September 9, 2021
Newly-Appointed Recording Academy Co-Presidents Valeisha Butterfield Jones and Panos A. Panay to Keynote
New York, NY, September 9, 2021 — Mondo.nyc, the global music, arts, and technology conference,
announced today that the keynote speakers for the 2021 Mondo.NYC Music & Tech Law Symposium
will be the newly-appointed Recording Academy Co-Presidents Valeisha Butterfield Jones and Panos A.
Panay, interviewed by noted music and entertainment lawyer Adrian Perry, Partner and Co-Chair of
Music Industry Practice at Covington & Burling LLP. In one of their first public appearances together in
their new roles, all Mondo.NYC attendees will be treated to an insightful conversation discussing the
Recording Academy's® plans to drive innovation and accountability in the organization at 1pm ET on
Friday, October 15, the closing day of Mondo’s 6th annual conference. The 2021 Mondo.NYC Music &
Tech Law Symposium is presented in conjunction with Michelman & Robinson, LLP and Covington, and
sponsors include Manatt, RAP @ Harvard Law School, TIDAL and Angielaw.
“We are so proud to welcome Valeisha and Panos as this year’s CLE Symposium keynote speakers with
Adrian Perry – what an extraordinary opportunity for all our attendees to hear from them,” said Joanne
Abbot Green, Managing Director and Executive Producer of Mondo.NYC. “Our participants will be
treated to an insightful conversation discussing diversity, the future of the Recording Academy, and
“We are thrilled to take the Mondo.NYC stage as we continue to build a strong community and work
towards a shared vision across our industry," said Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Co-President of the
Recording Academy. “What a fitting setting for Panos and I to discuss the increasing complexity and
global nature of today's music business as we continue to usher in a new era at the Recording Academy,
and address the ways that we can better serve our members, as well as the industry at large.”
“Coming to Mondo.NYC and speaking at the CLE Symposium is an important moment for the Academy
and also for Valeisha and I in our new roles,” said Panos A. Panay, Co-President of the Recording
Academy. “We are committed to modernizing the Academy in ways that ensure our industry is as
diverse, inclusive and forward thinking as possible. There is no better audience with which to engage for
these kinds of conversations.”
The Mondo.NYC Music & Tech Law Symposium brings together top music lawyers and thought leaders
for an all-day, virtual entertainment law seminar addressing some of the biggest legal developments
affecting the music industry, including recent court decisions upending fundamental industry issues, the re-imagining of key policy matters and how multiple aspects of the industry have been affected by – and forced to adapt to – a post-COVID world. Up to seven Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits can be earned for the New York and California Bar, and a Uniform Certificate of Attendance will be provided for all other jurisdictions, which attendees may submit to their respective state bar associations for CLE
The agenda for October 15 is below, with additional speakers to be announced (all times ET):
10:00-10:55 am Digital Streaming: Envisioning a More Equitable Model
The recent 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.
11:00-11:55 am 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.
Sonja J. Kim, Vice President, Commercial Counsel, TIDAL at Square
Angela Martinez, Angielaw.com
Jessie M. Abad, VP, Business & Legal Affairs, Rimas Entertainment LLC
Bernie Cho, President/Founder, DFSB Kollective
Ginam Lee, Principal Attorney, LPL Lawyers
Simran Singh, Managing Partner, Singh, Singh & Trauben Law, LLP
12:00-12:55 pm 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.
Adrian Perry, Partner, Co-Chair of Music Industry Practice, Covington & Burling LLP
Joe Conyers III, EVP NFT, Crypto.com
Tonya Evans, Professor, Penn State Dickinson Law School
1:00-1:55 pm: Keynote Conversation with Recording Academy Co-Presidents Valeisha Butterfield
Jones and Panos A. Panay Interviewed by Adrian Perry, Partner, Co-Chair of Music Industry Practice, Covington & Burling LLP
2:00-2:55 pm 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.
Michael Poster, Partner; Head of Corporate Securities Group, Michelman & Robinson, LLP
3:00-3:55 pm 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.
Phil Hill, Attorney, Covington & Burling LLP
John M. Gatti, Partner, Entertainment Litigation, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Luke Nikas, Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
4:00-4:55 pm 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 roundtable discussion will include 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.
Chris Hull, Partner, Citrin Cooperman
Michael Closter, President, Reach Music Publishing
Lewis Kovac, Chief Operating Officer, 10th Street Entertainment
Monika Tashman, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
5:00-5:55 pm 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.
Simon Frankel, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Robert Brauneis, Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School
Jane Ginsburg, Professor of Law, Columbia University
Hon. Pierre N. Leval, Senior Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Lydia Loren, Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School
Registration with the option for CLE credit is now available; lawyers seeking to earn up to seven (7) CLE
credits in New York or California can register for $349; a Uniform Certificate of Attendance will be
provided for all other jurisdictions, which attendees may submit to their respective state bar
associations for CLE review. CLE attendees have access to all four days of Mondo.NYC virtual and live
events, October 12-15. The Symposium panels can also be viewed by all registrations without CLE credit;
Professional Pre-Registration rates are currently $175 (regularly $199), and the Student & Indie rate is
$148.78 (regularly $169).
Mondo.NYC 2021 runs October 12-15 in venues in New York City and online worldwide. In addition to
the Law Symposium, conference tracks and key panels include The New Normal in a Post-COVID World;
The future of Financial Rights; Artist Management; Emerging Global Markets; Live Music Opportunities
& Challenges; Career Transitions; Music Creation & Production; Music Supervision; Music Technology;
Songwriting & Publishing; Hot New Startups; Streaming; Podcasts & Livestreams; Video Games &
Esports; NFTs; the debut of Mondo.Cannabis; plus need-to-know content collaborations with the
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Guild of Music Supervisors, SoundExchange, Recording Artists Project at Harvard Law School hosting Pro Bono sessions for emerging artists, AIMP,
MMF-US, Women in Music, and the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA).
All in-person attendees will need to present evidence of COVID vaccination, in addition to compliance
with all current NYC, New York State and federal health guidelines. Venues may limit capacity and/or
have minimum age requirements. All in-person Mondo conference events will also be available
Stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks. For the most-up-to date info, please visit
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