The Music Law Seminar: Review
The Music Law Seminar hosted by Afrotown Records provided a insightful, engaging and open discussion for young musicians and music entrepreneurs. The presentations began with host, Abi Lufadeju also known as Abi Jenaé, giving a comprehensive overview of copyright, trade marks and contracts. Her unique perspective as not only an artist and CEO of Afrotown Records but as a solicitor gave a fantastic insight not many have. She discussed the importance of independent legal advice when dealing with contracts and gave many useful words of warning regarding dodgy contracts and conflicts of interest. Abi was able to discuss how to get the most out of a contract and what the industry standards were. Her use of relevant case studies (such as Rita Ora vs Roc Nation and Rihanna vs Topshop) helped to contextualise some of the issues that can arise with improper practice.
Afrotown’s Music Law Seminar was not short of excellent guest speakers first of whom was Nikki Halliwell of Horus Music. Her talk gave a detailed look at how distribution works and how Horus Music can help emerging artist exploit their music to its fullest potential. Nikki gave a comprehensive list of things any artist should look for when choosing the right distributor. Due to Horus Music’s links with India she was able to discuss the different platforms different countries use around the world as not all countries have access to the same streaming/download services. With streaming being such a hot topic at the minute, Nikki went into great detail about how contrary to popular believe streaming can actually benefit independent artists in a huge way!
Third to speak was Sam Taylor of Tunecore/Believe Digital. Sam gave an extremely engaging presentation where he discussed how Tunecore/Believe Digital can benefit emerging artists. He discussed the difference between the two; Tunecore being an aggregator and Believe Digital being a distribution company. In great detail Sam explain why Tunecore as an aggregator is more beneficial to emerging/independent artists. He also supplied each person in attendance with a discount code to use to get started on Tunecore.
Last but not least was Matthew Ojar from PRS For Music who came to discuss the tricky topic of royalties. Explaining the difference between different types of copyright and the difference between PRS and MCPS. Matthew gave a fantastic presentation on how to register works and why it is so important for artists to do so no matter what level they’re at. He also delved into the often confusing subject of copyright clearing with regards to sampling and covers, clearing up any misconceptions and myths. Matthew talked about how royalties are collected and how PRS works with artists to help them claim all they’re entitled to.
After the presentations the panel opened up the floor to allow for questions. The discussion was very open, honest and in depth. Due to the speakers extensive knowledge of the industry they were able to give detailed answers an advice to all the questions asked. The evening ended with a networking session over drinks and nibbles, where the relaxed and open atmosphere allowed everyone to make new connections. With such a wide array of attendees from singer/songwriters to managers, accountants and lawyers, there was a fantastic buzz in the room and a great end to an informative evening. Be sure to keep an eye out for the next Afrotown Seminar as this debut proved they are not to be missed!
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