Songwriters and Composers

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Contract and Compensation Basics for Songwriters and Composers

September 30, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Songwriters and Composers

Location: Zoom Webinar

Know your options. Learn about contract and compensation basics for songwriters and composers!

Earning a living as a songwriter requires more than coming up with a good tune. It requires knowing how the legal side of the music business works. In particular, deciding whether to create music as an independent contractor or under a work for hire relationship, and whether to license music for individual uses or to sell the rights to the copyright itself, can have major implications for the songwriter’s long-term earning potential. These and other important topics will be covered in this virtual presentation by a leading music copyright attorney, Tal Dickstein of Loeb & Loeb LLP.


TAL DICKSTEIN, ESQ., Partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP

Tal Dickstein is an intellectual property litigator focused on helping clients in the music, motion picture and advanced media sectors navigate complex legal and business issues in a changing industry landscape. He represents music publishers, record labels, artists and songwriters in copyright infringement and royalty disputes, defends major media companies in trademark infringement actions, and advises motion picture studios and film producers on copyright issues.

Working with both institutional and talent clients, Tal protects the rights of content creators and owners to maximize the value of their creative expression. He assists clients in effectively monetizing their content in the digital marketplace and helps clients safeguard their content from unauthorized uses.

Tal is an editor of Loeb & Loeb’s IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Content Creators, Owners and Distributors. He has been recognized by Law360 and Variety for his impact on the entertainment industry. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, listening to music and podcasts, and spending time with his family.

Webinar Access: Participants will receive an email in advance with instructions to access the webinar. Please note that this is a live webinar. We are unable to distribute a recording of this presentation. To view VLA’s library of on-demand videos, click here.

Membership Discount Code: Are you a VLA Member trying to register for this class? E-mail to get your membership discount code:


$25 Full-Time Student (student must present proof of full-time status with registration)
$25 Artists Over Sixty
$35 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

Please note you are not registered until full payment is received. 

Refund Policy: All registration fees are non-refundable. Instructors are subject to change and no refunds will be given in the event that there is a substitution of the instructor.

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September 30, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


NY United States


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