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Music Law Basics

April 11, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us on April 11, 2019, 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. We will also discuss the newly-passed Music Modernization Act, a very important piece of legislation for all musicians.

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, April 11, 2019
5 – 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 as 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 the 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/

Membership Discount Code:

*For members, please contact 212.319.2787 ext. 10 or registrations@vlany.org to receive your discount code, which will allow you to access and purchase your ticket.


$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

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.

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.


April 11, 2019
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


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1 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022 United States
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