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Spring 2022

Course Description
During this short course, you will be representing a hypothetical four member band of which two of the members are the primary songwriters starting with your initial client interview with the band and the terms of your representation agreement. You will explore the material issues to be addressed in the band partnership agreement (including ownership of the group name and the group’s songs), material terms of recording agreements and music publishing agreements, analyze the various sources of income available to the songwriter/recording artist and discuss how each of those income streams is determined. Industry customary forms of music publishing, recording, band partnership, tour & personal appearance engagement, sponsorship/endorsement and merchandise contracts will be distributed as part of the course materials and the drafting and negotiation of key terms those contracts will be discussed. Short Course Attendance Policy Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 04-04-2022 - 04-09-2022  

Dates Day Time Room
04-04-2022 - 04-07-2022   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM F209
04-08-2022 - 04-08-2022   F  2:00 PM-5:00 PM F209
04-09-2022 - 04-09-2022   S  10:00 AM-1:00 PM F209

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite: Copyright Law is strongly suggested.
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: The method of evaluation will be an assignment comprised of a 3000 word memo a hypothetical client in which the student will be asked to analyze and discuss the material deal term concepts from one of the music industry contracts selected by the student from those discussed in the class. The assignment will be posted on TWEN and will be due May 3rd.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course: None
Special Attributes:
Short Course
Course Delivery:
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: All You Need to Know About the Music Business: 10th Edition
    Textbook Type: Looseleaf
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Passman, Donald S.
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Edition: Illustrated
    ISBN: 9781501122187
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



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