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Music Law Basics

March 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us on March 22, 2018 for an informative introduction to a number of legal aspects of the music industry. Topics will include copyright registration, ownership and fair use, an overview of music publishing, Performing Rights Organizations (“PROs”) and record labels, including the main deal points in recording and publishing contracts, as well as the basics of music clearances for the use of music in film and television.

This class is essential for musicians, multidisciplinary artists using music in their work, and anyone else interested in learning more about the music industry from an expert in the field!

This class will be taught by Marc D. Ostrow, Esq. an attorney in private practice focusing in the areas of copyright and entertainment law, with a particular emphasis in the music business.


Thursday, March 22, 2018, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm


VLA Auditorium
1 East 53rd Street, NY, NY 10022


About the instructor

Marc D. Ostrow is an attorney in private practice focusing in the areas of copyright and entertainment law, with a particular emphasis in the music business. He represents composers, songwriters, recording artists, labels, music publishers as well other creators and licensors of intellectual property. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where he teaches a course on music law.

From 2006-2008, Marc was the General Manager of the New York office of classical music publisher, Boosey & Hawkes. Prior to joining Boosey in 2004 as Vice President, Business Affairs, Marc was a Senior Attorney at BMI and from 1995 until joining BMI in 1998, he was the General Counsel of Second Floor Music, a boutique music publisher specializing in jazz.

Marc is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago Law School. He has served as on the board of the New York Chapter of the Association of Independent Music Publishers and as a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA. Marc frequently speaks at various industry forums and educational institutions. He is also a performing songwriter and composer. For more information about Marc, including his numerous blog posts on copyright and music, please visit his website, http://ostrowesq.com/


$25 Full-Time Student (student must present proof of full-time status with registration)
$25 Artists Over Sixty
$30 Arts Professional VLA Member
$55 Arts Professional Non-Member
$85 Legal Professional VLA Member
$110 Legal Professional Non-Member
$55 Young Associate Members (YAM’s) and Associate Board Members

To apply for a full or partial scholarship, applicants must submit a written letter explaining their financial situation and which class and date they would like to attend. Requests should be submitted via e-mail to registrations@vlany.org to the attention of Kathryn Wagner, or mail:

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Attn: Kathryn E. Wagner, Esq.
1 East 53rd Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10022

All registration fees are non-refundable. Please note you are not registered until full payment is received.
For more information on this program, please contact VLA at registrations@vlany.org or 212.319.2787 x 10.

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March 22
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
(212) 319 - 2787


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VLA Auditorium
1 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022 United States
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(212) 319 - 2787