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February 27th, 2023Making Music Money: How Copyright Owners Get Paid for Their Music

Making Music Money: How Copyright Owners Get Paid for Their Music

Music royalties are generated for the many forms of distribution and reproduction of copyrighted songs. Royalties are a primary source of income for musicians, making it important for them to understand how to protect their copyrights and how to get paid. This presentation will explore these topics and more including how to use other people’s music for your business the right way.

Presented by the Entrepreneurial Strategy Series and Gearhart Law.


Rick Marshall, Assistant General Counsel of DSP Relations for the Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC): Rick Marshall is The MLC’s Assistant General Counsel of DSP Relations. Before joining The MLC, he worked for Warner Music Group as the Senior Director of WMG’s Catalog Legal Affairs Team. Rick also served for several years as an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of the General Counsel at the United States Copyright Office. While at the Office, he worked on the music-related initiatives that ultimately paved the way for the passing of the Music Modernization Act in 2018. Read more at:

Jim Carolan, Top 5 Hit Songwriter/Producer: Jim Carolan is a Multi-Award Winning Billboard Top 5 Hit Songwriter/Producer. His collaboration “I’m Not Coming Down” with Grammy Nominee, Martha Wash was a two week number #2 Hit on the Billboard “Hot Break Out” and “Dance Club” charts in the summer of 2014. With 25 different Dance Re-mixed version of “I’m Not Coming Down” released worldwide charting in the Top 10 on several foreign charts! “I’m Not Coming Down” was included on Martha’s #1 Amazon Best Selling Adult Contemporary CD titled “Something Good.” Read more at:

William Derella, Talent Manager, Producer, Entertainment Executive: William Derella is a seasoned Talent Manager, Producer and Entertainment Executive. He is the former president of DAS Communications, one of the most influential entertainment management companies in the industry, responsible for selling over 300 million albums worldwide and 100+ number one songs globally. The number of Grammy®, MTV®, and American Music Awards his clients have received over the years are too numerous to mention. Read more at:

Helen Smith is our event moderator. Helen Smith is a second year J.D. candidate at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in White Plains, NY. She is studying to specialize in intellectual property and entertainment law. Helen interned with Jim Carolan as a catalog manager, learned more about the Music Modernization Act and the MLC, and handled royalty metadata. This past summer Helen was an intellectual property intern at Gearhart Law.

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