GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Learn more about the ins and outs of the music business at the Sixth Annual University of Florida Music Law Conference , “Music & Mixed Media,” Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15-16. The conference will center on the music business as it remixes everything from film, television and changing technologies to music sharing and merchandising.
Conference schedule, registration, speaker bios, hotel and directions are available online at http://www.law.ufl.edu/musiclawconf/.
The UF Music Law Conference allows people from different sides of the entertainment industry to learn from each other and network, said UF Law student Gerard Kardonsky, executive director of this year’s conference. “We will explore how the world of music branches into entertainment, media, digital and retail markets and also discuss new forms of distribution, ethical issues, and protecting musicians’ rights,” he said.
CLE credits are available for attorneys attending the conference—seven general CLE (including one ethics hour) and seven Intellectual Property Certification hours.
The conference, which connects musicians, lawyers, students, academics, policy makers and entertainment professionals, kicks off with a Music Showcase at Side Bar, 15 SW 2nd Street in downtown Gainesville, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15.
Conference registration and breakfast begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, and the first panel begins at 11 a.m. in the UF Levin College of Law’s Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom (180 Holland Hall). Discussion topics include entertainment markets, ethics, protecting rights, new distribution, and commercial markets. Oswaldo Rossi, director of legal and business affairs at EMI Televisa Music, will deliver the keynote speech at 2 p.m.
Panelists this year include top-level record label executives, some of the best-known entertainment attorneys in the nation and music business entrepreneurs. Learn what you need to know about copyrights, the ethics of the music business, dealing with contracts and major labels, new ways of distributing music that go beyond the dying CD, and a unique panel on turning yourself into more than just a musician—but a brand name (how to have your own clothes line, cologne, cell phone).
There is a registration fee required to attend the conference, but the panel discussions are free for all current UF students and faculty with valid Gator One card. Seating is limited, so register early.
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