Industry Ink: CRS, Writers Den Music, Music Biz 2016

CRS 2016 Content Streaming Online

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Panel handouts and sessions from Country Radio Seminar 2016 are now available for this year’s attendees to view and stream. All content can only be accessed through This past year’s CRS convention took place Feb. 8-10 at the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville.

To stream panels from CRS 2016, visit and login using the username and password created when registering for the 2016 seminar. Once logged in, audio and video materials can be found under the ‘Media’ tab. Panel handouts, photos and videos do not require a login and are available for public viewing here.


Writers Den Music Hosts First Writers Retreat For 2016

Pictured (L-R, top row): Jordan Reynolds, Patrick Droney, Davis Naish, Adam James, Drew Kennedy) BOTTOM ROW: Kat Higgins, Jillian Jacqueline, Melissa Fuller

Pictured (L-R, top row): Jordan Reynolds, Patrick Droney, Davis Naish, Adam James, Drew Kennedy. (bottom row): Kat Higgins, Jillian Jacqueline, Melissa Fuller

Writer’s Den Music Group recently hosted their first retreat of 2016 at Bell Bottom Farm located in Cedar Hill, Tennessee. The retreat was attended by Melissa Fuller, Drew Kennedy (Writer’s Den Music Group), Jillian Jacqueline (Downtown Music Publishing), Jordan Reynolds (Warner Chappell), Patrick Droney (Rondor Music/Universal Music), Kat Higgins (Patrick Joseph Music), Davis Naish and Adam James (3 Ring Circus).

Music Business Association To Bring Entertainment & Technology Law Conference To Nashville

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The Music Business Association (Music Biz) will bring its popular Entertainment & Technology Law Conference series back to Nashville on Wednesday, May 18, from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. during the Music Biz 2016 convention at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. The law conference in Nashville will tackle issues facing today’s entertainment attorneys, including copyrights and fair use in 2016 and the legal implications and agreement clauses behind touring and music festivals. CLE credit will be available.

The panel “Infringement or Homage? Copyright Fair Use In 2016” will explore the elements of fair use, substantial similarity, and de minimis copyrighting, as well as best practices for content creators, songwriters, video producers and social media users.  Those on the panel include Suzanne Kessler (Bone McAllester Norton PLLC/Vanderbilt Law School), Loren Mulraine (Bone McAllester Norton PLLC/Belmont University College of Law), Jessie Smith (songwriter) and Stephen Zralek (Bone McAllester Norton PLLC).

The discussion “From Sugarland To SFX and Beyond: The Legal Side of Festivals and Touring” includes the legal deal points for festivals and touring and how they are changing each year due to expansion and consolidation; force majeure clauses post-Sugarland; the annual “additional insured” debate each festival seems destined to have with artists; the impact of the recent bankruptcy of SFX; and more topics. Participants include Adam Ritholz (Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Field), Chip Petree (Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields), Matt Cottingham (Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Field), and Jaime Heller (JR Heller Law PLLC).

Admission is included with full Music Biz 2016 badge. Members can attend this event only for $129 and non-members can attend for just $229 with sign-up via Eventbrite. For updated information on Law Conference speakers and sessions, click here.


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