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Mondo.NYC Speaker

Serona Elton

Serona Elton

Head of Educational Partnerships, The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC)

Serona Elton has extensive experience as a music industry professional and educator. She is currently the Head of Educational Partnerships for The MLC. She is also a professor, Director of the Music Industry Program, and Associate Dean of Administration at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, as well as a Yamaha Master Educator. She is very active in numerous music industry organizations. She has served as a president of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA), as a trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., as the chair of the Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Section, and on the Recording Academy, Florida Chapter, Board of Governors.

She has worked for major music companies such as Warner Music Group, where she held the position of Vice President, Product Management, and EMI Recorded Music, North America, where she was Vice President, Mechanical Licensing and Repertoire Data Services. She has also provided consulting services to Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Zumba Fitness, and other music-related companies.

She has written numerous articles about the music industry and directed several industry conferences. She is co-author of the book Music Business Handbook and Career Guide, soon to be published in its 13th edition, and has contributed to news stories for NPR’s Marketplace,, Billboard and other outlets. Her areas of expertise include mechanical licensing, royalties, contract summarization and management, rights management, record company operations and music industry information management.

Serona holds a B.S.B.A. in Finance from the University of Florida, an M.M. in Music Media and Industry from the University of Miami and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. She is a member of the New York Bar and Florida Bar.

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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