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Music Rights in Filmmaking: 2019 Nitehawk Shorts Festival Special Event

November 13, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Join VLA on November 13th at the Nitehawk Cinema for a special class on music rights in filmmaking! This class is open to Nitehawk Shorts Festival participants as well as the general public.

As a filmmaker, one of the most important issues you encounter is securing permission for the use of music in your film. The process can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. In this class taught by VLA’s Executive Director Katie Wagner, Esq. you’ll get an overview of music copyrights, including ownership and fair use, and an understanding of the basics of music clearances for the use of music in film.

Katie Wagner has expertise in the field of music publishing, having served as Vice President and Counsel for the National Music Publishers’ Association. As Executive Director of VLA, Ms. Wagner is responsible for developing VLA’s legal services, education, and advocacy programming, and facilitating pro bono legal representation for hundreds of artists, including filmmakers and arts and cultural organizations in need each year. She also oversees the overall operations of VLA and regularly consults with artists of all disciplines seeking legal assistance.

Nitehawk Cinema Williamsburg, 136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249

This class is free to filmmakers who are participating in the Nitehawk Shorts Festival. Please contact 212.319.2787 x Ext. 10 or registrations@vlany.org to receive a code to access your ticket.

For those not participating in the Festival, the following fees apply:
$25 Students
$35 General Public

To register by phone or email, please contact 212.319.2787 x Ext. 10 or registrations@vlany.org.


November 13, 2019
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


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