Monika A. Tashman
Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Monika Tashman is a Manatt Entertainment partner in the firm’s New York City office. With a broad-based practice spanning over 25 years in the music and entertainment industries, she advises and provides creative, pragmatic solutions for clients at the intersection of entertainment and innovation—from entrepreneurial artists and innovative record labels to emerging entertainment-focused companies and experiential music production companies. Monika’s practice focuses on transformative deals—those that strategically expand organizations, business models and brands. She is a creative problem-solver, unflinching advocate for her clients and strategic consultant that specializes in negotiating “smart” contracts that stand the test of time, especially in the face of evolving business models. Monika brings a fresh energy to each engagement, always seeking to integrate, streamline and modernize the often siloed ways of approaching law and business. She guides clients through tough business decisions and legal challenges to maximize monetization and find new growth opportunities and revenue streams. Monika prides herself on doing purpose-driven work and being on the cutting edge of dealmaking. With experience in live music, recorded music, publishing, emerging entertainment companies, literary and film, her clients include multiplatform talent as well as boundary-pushing entertainment companies. Monika is actively involved in the emerging companies and technologies startup space. She guides content creators and new media companies not only through complex legal issues but also through new business growth opportunities, providing strategic advice on innovative brand development to help them succeed in the digital world. She is also a certified executive coach, advising clients on business strategies and leadership growth. As a result of her multidisciplinary background in both the legal and nonlegal sectors of entertainment, Monika is uniquely positioned to advise her clients from the perspectives of various stakeholders, giving her clients the competitive edge they need. She has been featured in several industry publications, including Billboard and Variety, and in national news publications such as USA Today and The New York Times. She is active in the GRAMMY Music Education Coalition and is a member of the Advisory Board for Women in Music. Named to Billboard’s 2019 Women in Music Top Executives list, Monika is a widely respected thought leader on music business and diversity in the industry and an in-demand speaker at industry conferences.