LEGENDARY MANAGER, PRODUCER AND PROMOTER JOHN SCHER WILL DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT THE 4th ANNUAL ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS LAW SEMINAR AT CMJ MUSIC MARATHON & FILM FESTIVAL ON OCT. 23, 2009

LEGENDARY MANAGER, PRODUCER AND PROMOTER JOHN SCHER WILL DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT THE 4th ANNUAL ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS LAW SEMINAR AT CMJ MUSIC MARATHON & FILM FESTIVAL ON OCT. 23, 2009

One-Day Event Offers six MCLE Credits for Attorneys


Hosted by the New York State Bar Association Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section and CMJ Music Marathon

John Scher, Co-CEO of Metropolitan Talent, Inc. will deliver the keynote address at the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) accredited Entertainment Business Law Seminar at CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival in New York City on Friday, October 23, 2009 at New York University’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life, in the Richard L. Rosenthal Pavilion. The keynote address is part of an all-day seminar titled The New Deal: Music and Film in a Brand New Environment and is hosted by the Entertainment Arts & Sports Law (EASL) Section of the New York State Bar Association, in association with CMJ Network, Holland and Knight LLP and Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP.

Mr. Scher, who will speak at the MCLE luncheon, is one of the most well-known and highly respected veterans in live entertainment. He will share his thoughts on the rapid changes in the music industry while sharing experiences of a career that began at age 19 booking shows while attending college. Named Pollstar Magazine’s Bill Graham/Promoter of the year in 2000, Mr. Scher was inducted into Performance Magazine’s “Touring Hall of Fame” and was listed three times as the magazine’s top grossing promoter in the nation.



During the course of the seminar, other entertainment industry leaders will discuss critical legal topics affecting the future of the film and music business including recession-era dealmaking, Internet start-up companies, online privacy rights, ethical negotiation practices, the basics of independent filmmaking and future trends in the film and music industry.

“‘The New Deal’ sums up the business landscape attorneys must understand if they are to help rock stars, filmmakers and other entertainment professionals be successful in a tough economy. This year’s program, including the legendary John Scher, is the best chance for attorneys to stay on top of the complex business, technological and legal issues swirling around the industry,” said Ken Swezey, chairman of the State Bar’s EASL section. “This is one ‘Deal’ that every entertainment attorney should not pass up.”

Joanne Abbot Green, co-owner of CMJ Network Inc. and founder and executive producer of CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival said, “The entertainment industry knows how important the legal profession is to its continued success in these turbulent but exciting times. CMJ is delighted to be a partner in creating a forum for attorneys to discuss the continuing evolution of our industry and the role they must play.”

“Attorneys and business executives from all over the country will learn and share perspectives about practicing entertainment law in this challenging environment. This seminar is a must-attend event that gives lawyers a leg up on the ins and outs of the industry while providing a perfect forum for networking,” said EASL program committee co-chair Rebecca A. Frank.

Lawyers attending the seminar will receive six New York State MCLE credits, consisting of four in Practice Management, one in Skills and one in Ethics, plus a breakfast and luncheon. Both two- and five-day CMJ/CLE registration options also are available to attend all CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival events in addition to the Entertainment Business Law Seminar. The event is open to all CMJ registrants. For two- and five-day registration please visit CMJ’s Web site at www.cmj.com/marathon/cle_registration

Called “the Sundance of Rock n’ Roll,” the CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival has featured many of the world’s most influential and revolutionary musicians, artists, cultural and political figures at a variety of events including screenings, Q&A sessions, panel discussions and over 1,300 live music performances. CMJ 2009 continues in that tradition, highlighting the best new music and groundbreaking films. New York City’s largest music event, CMJ Music Marathon is the world’s largest emerging music festival, drawing over 12,000 professionals from all sectors of the music business and over 120,000 music fans, all of whom converge on New York to discover the world’s best new music.

Pricing options – all featuring the John Scher luncheon – include:

Option 1: Entertainment Business Law Seminar Only (Registration fee: $199.00*)

This option includes admission to the Entertainment Business Law Seminar only (Friday, October 23, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.), 6.0 New York MCLE credits, written course materials, lunch and refreshments.

Register for this option through the NYSBA Web site: www.nysba.org/EASLCMJ2009.

Option 2: Entertainment Business Law Seminar + 2-day CMJ Music Marathon 2009 Badge (Registration fee: $299.00*)

This option includes admission to the Entertainment Business Law Seminar, 6.0 New York MCLE credits, written course materials, lunch, refreshments and a 2-day CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival 2009 Badge valid during Friday, October 23, 2009 and Saturday, October 24, 2009. The 2-day CMJ Music Marathon 2009 Badge allows access to two (2) full days of events including panels, nighttime admission to New York’s best live music venues to enjoy hundreds of the world’s best new bands in concert and the CMJ Film Festival featuring the very best in major and independent films before they hit theaters.

Register for this option through CMJ Music Marathon Web site: http://www.cmj.com/marathon/register.php.

Option 3: Full 5-day CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival 2009 Badge + Entertainment Business Law Seminar Upgrade (Registration fee: $594.00 [$495.00 CMJ Badge + $99.00 upgrade]*)

This option includes admission to the Entertainment Business Law Seminar, 6.0 New York MCLE credits, written course materials, lunch, refreshments and a 5-day CMJ Music Marathon 2009 Badge valid during Tuesday, October 20, 2009 through Saturday, October 24, 2009. The 5-day CMJ Music Marathon 2009 Badge allows access to five (5) full days of events including panels, nighttime admission to New York’s best live music venues to enjoy hundreds of the world’s best new bands in concert and the CMJ Film Festival featuring the very best in major and independent films before they hit theaters.

Register for this option through CMJ Music Marathon Web site: http://www.cmj.com/marathon/register.php.

*Please note that an additional amount of fifty dollars ($50.00) will be added to the registration fee if you register after 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14.

Program panels include:

• Recession Era Dealmaking: Executing industry deals in the current environment.

• Starting from Zeroes: Start-Ups & Digital Distribution: Understanding Internet start-up companies and how artists and entertainment professionals maximize online revenue.

• Footprints in Cyberspace: Following Consumers Online: Analyzing online privacy rules.

• Ethical Negotiation Practices: Examines the ethical rules of negotiating deals.

• From Treatments to Royalties: The Basic Lifespan of an Indie: A walk through the steps of independent film creation.

• Destination Unknown: What’s Next for the Industry in 2010: Exploring the possibilities for the new year.

For more information on programming, schedules and to register for MLCE credits, please visit www.nysba.org/EASLCMJ2009.

To see the full seminar schedule, please visit http://www.cmj.com/marathon/cle_program.php

For two and five-day registration, please visit http://www.cmj.com/marathon/cle_registration.php

To learn more on NYSBA membership and the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section email membership@nysba.org or please visit www.nysba.org/easl .

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About NYSBA: The 76,000 member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Founded in 1876, State Bar programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.

About EASL: The Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of the NYSBA, now in its 22nd year, has a large, active and diverse membership, with lawyers occupying every corner of the entertainment, art and sports law fields, at every level, from law students and first-year attorneys to senior partners at leading national and international firms and senior legal and business affairs and C-level executives at multinational media corporations. The section strives to not only meet the needs of its increasingly specialized and sophisticated membership by providing the best CLE programs and scholarly publications, but also to fulfill its role as advocate for its members’ interests, promote professional responsibility and emphasize the core values of the legal profession.

About CMJ Network Inc.: CMJ Network connects music fans and music industry professionals with the best in new music through interactive media, live events and print. CMJ.com offers a digital music discovery service, information resources, and community to new music fans, professionals, and artists. CMJ Events produces the legendary CMJ Music Marathon, the largest and longest-running music industry event of its kind, in addition to live events and tours across the USA. The weekly music business trade magazine CMJ New Music Report is the primary source for exclusive charts of non-commercial and college radio airplay and independent and trend-forward retail sales. CMJ Access is an integrated marketing agency specializing in providing its clients unparalleled access to the college and young adult demographic and emerging music world. Log on to www.cmj.com for more information about all of CMJ’s products and services.


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