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Mondo.NYC Speaker

Monika A. Tashman

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.

CLE: Rites of Passage: Licensing Rights for Emerging Platforms

October 14, 2022 at 8:00:00 PM

As gaming platforms, the metaverse, new social networks, and other innovative technologies gain prevalence, it is essential that these companies license all required music rights on a global scale and that rightsholders are able to collect the resulting payments. This panel will take a deep dive into the current global licensing landscape, exploring the challenges that technology companies face when launching new platforms and apps, best practices in licensing, opportunities for improvement in the market, direct licensing vs. CMOs, and issues with cross-border royalty collections. (Mondo attendees are welcome to attend all CLE panels.)

CLE: Policy Shifts and their Ripple Effects

October 14, 2022 at 2:00:00 PM

In the past year there were a number of significant developments to music-related policies and commercial standards. Why do these changes matter and what will be their economic and business impact? This panel will analyze these recent developments and their potential effects on monetization, legal agreements, and business practices. Topics will include the increase in the statutory mechanical royalty rate, the Free Artists from Industry Restrictions bill pending in California, the implementation of Article 17 in Europe, the proposed SMART Act, major labels forgiving unrecouped royalty balances for legacy artists, and BMG's removal of controlled composition clauses. (Mondo attendees are welcome to attend all CLE panels.)

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