Partner & Co-Leader, Music Economics & Valuation Services, Citrin Cooperman
Barry Massarsky is a partner and co-leader of the firm's Music Economics and Valuation Services Practice. He has over 30 years of experience acting as a key advisor in the music industry serving the valuation interests of music publishing and recording label firms. He provides strategic counsel to owners of music copyrights, as well as valuation, litigation economics, and performance income review. Barry is known for his high value relationships with performance rights organizations, music publishers, record companies, music industry trade organizations, and music litigation firms.
Barry has pioneered the field of music copyright economics serving revenue-related interests within the U.S. music industry, facilitating strategic opportunities for advancing royalty income, and inspiring new license regimes. His experience also extends to the music production library marketplace where he has led many performing rights initiatives on behalf of both its trade organization and individual market leaders. Barry has worked with commercial lenders, private equity, and other financial investors who are acquiring music asset rights. Previously, Barry was the founder of Massarsky Consulting, a leading copyright economics consultancy, which joined Citrin Cooperman in 2022. Prior to founding Massarsky Consulting, Barry was a Senior Economist at American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
Barry has lectured extensively on music industry topics at educational institutions and industry seminars, is cited frequently in major news publications and industry journals and is the author of "Operating Dynamics Behind ASCAP, BMI and SESAC, the Performing Rights Societies," which appeared in the Journal of Interactive Multimedia Association in conjunction with the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Barry is regularly quoted by the press regarding music industry matters including New York Times, Today Show, Forbes, Billboard, etc.