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Excellent Seminar on Art of the Music Deal

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What Happens Before You $ign on the Dotted Line?

In New York: The Producer Deal

on Monday, June 2, 2008 in New York

NARIP's Art of the Music Deal launched last year in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Live mock negotiations evidently hit the spot! See articles on front page of this site for reviews and photos of record and digital distribution deal sessions.

Once again we bring you top music attorneys, this time Andrew Bergman and Dina LaPolt who is back by popular demand (and 2nd place winner in NARIP's recent Best of the Biz Survey, Music Attorney Category). Moderating our panel with be music attorney Garrett M. Johnson.

Most people think they can just hand a negotiation to a lawyer, and leave it at that. But the truth is, as a professional, you need to be aware of the process and deal points, too, and what the short- and long-term implications to your artists' careers may be.

Now, of this latest installment of our special series, two top lawyers face off in a live negotiation of a producer agreement in NARIP's Art of the Music Deal. These experts come together to give you the inside track on major deal points, what they mean and what leverage you have to negotiate the best possible deal.

Most importantly, you will see HOW a producer deal is negotiated and be involved in the process.

Get educated about the art of deal making!


When it's the right time to make a deal

Major areas of negotiation, including:

Producer advance vs. recording fund. Did you know it all comes out of the artist's recording fund?
Producer royalty. Did you know it all comes out of the artist's royalty?

Terms & Options
Controlled Composition Clause: what you need to know if your producer is also your co-writer!
What does the artist?s recording agreement say?? THIS affects the producer?s royalty, royalty accountings, mechanical royalties, CD reductions, ?fake? free goods and much more!
And much more.

WHO (scroll down for speaker profiles):

Andrew Bergman, Esq., Robert & Ritholz, LLP
Garrett M. Johnson, Esq., Bozeman, Trott & Savage (moderator)
Dina LaPolt, Esq., LaPolt Law LLC


Monday, June 2, 2008
6:30 p.m. - Registration opens
7:00 p.m. - Program begins
9:15 p.m. - Program ends


SAE Institute
1293 Broadway
9th Floor
New York, NY 10001-2910
(at 34th Street, One Herald Center, Daffy's building on corner)


$15 for NARIP Members
$30 for Non-Members


Because you are purchasing a ticket to NARIP's program, we offer you an MP3 recording for only $20 more (regularly $39.95), a savings of $19.95. This way, you won't have to take notes and can refer back to important points in the discussion later. Please select the "Premium Ticket" option below if you'd like to add the MP3 to your order.


1. Online (just scroll down) using PayPal or any major credit card (you need not be a PayPal member)
2. Call 818-769-7007 with credit card
3. Walk-up if space permits. NARIP events sell out, advance registration is recommended.

No refunds, all ticket sales final. We appreciate your cooperation.


Call 818-769-7007 or contact NARIP­



Andrew Bergman is a partner at Roberts & Ritholz LLP. His practice serves clients in the entertainment and new media industries, with a focus on music. Prior to joining Roberts & Ritholz, Mr. Bergman was a partner at Davis Shapiro Lewit & Hayes, where he represented a variety of recording artists and producers with respect to their activities in the entertainment industries. Prior to that, Mr. Bergman was Director of Business Affairs for Island Records, where he worked with numerous developing and established recording artists. Mr. Bergman received his B.A. from Tufts University in 1990 and his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1994.


Garrett M. Johnson is a transactional attorney currently serving in an Of Counsel capacity with The Bozeman Law Firm, in Mount Vernon, New York, where he specializes in entertainment and tax law. He is a member of the Bars of New York and the District of Columbia and admitted to the United States Tax Court. He also participates in the Entertainment Law Forum of the American Bar Association and the Sports and Entertainment Division of the D.C. Bar. Mr. Johnson's practice includes significant prior experience in the Office of the General Counsel at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he specialized in the areas of arts law, government practice, and intellectual property matters. Since the mid eighties he has represented a wide spectrum of talent and industry entities including musicians, recording artists, composers, producers, independent labels and artist management companies, amongst others. Specific practice areas include negotiating recording, licensing, publishing, distribution and performance contracts and providing music publishing administration to selected client catalogs. Mr. Johnson?s expertise is recognized across the country and he is a frequent lecturer and panelist on legal and business issues in the music industry. Mr. Johnson received an A.B. in economics from Columbia University and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.


Dina LaPolt is an entertainment attorney at LaPolt Law, P.C. in Los Angeles. LaPolt Law is a boutique entertainment firm that specializes in representing clients in the music, merchandising, film, television, and book publishing industries. The firm's clientele include recording artists, independent record companies, music publishers, songwriters, producers, managers, executives in the music and film industries, film production companies, photographers, directors, writers, authors, and actors. In addition to practicing law, Dina teaches "Legal and Practical Aspects of the Recording and Publishing Industries" in the Entertainment Studies Department at UCLA Extension and speaks regularly on panels at music industry conferences all over the country. On the film production side, Dina was the co-producer of the 2005 Academy Award-nominated documentary film entitled Tupac: Resurrection and she is currently co-producing a feature film entitled Live 2 Tell. For more information on Dina LaPolt or her firm, please log on to
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