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Music Contracts: Negotiating & Drafting '360' Deals [1.5 hrs. California MCLE credit available]

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401


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Music Contracts: Negotiating & Drafting '360' Deals 
[1.5 hrs. California MCLE credit available]
With Andrew Spitser, Esq. and Jesse Morris, Esq.

Join CLA and presenters Jesse Morris, Esq. and Andrew Spitser, Esq. for an advanced-level seminar on drafting and negotiating recording contracts in the age of the 360 deal. The seminar will begin with a brief summary of intellectual property law as it applies to musical compositions and sound recordings, and will proceed to cover the history of recording contracts and their evolution towards the now-common 360 framework.

The speakers will walk the audience through an actual 360 recording contract, identifying pitfalls and best practices regarding some of the key clauses, and will then lead a mock negotiation of a new deal. 

Although this seminar is at an advanced level and aimed at an attorney audience, non-lawyer musicians and industry professionals are welcome to attend!


Jesse Morris, Esq. is a Los Angeles based entertainment lawyer and musician who has been in several rock acts. A graduate of UC Berkeley and UC Hastings College of the Law, his professional areas of expertise include contract reviews, advising, and negotiations, trademarks, copyright law, publishing, and recording agreements. At his own firm, Morris Music Law, Jesse primarily represents songwriters, artists, bands, producers, managers, labels, publishers, and entrepreneurs.

Andrew Spitser, Esq. is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Mitchell Silberberg and Knupp LLP, where he specializes in intellectual property and other litigation related to the entertainment industry. He earned his bachelor’s degree with distinction from the University of Michigan, and was Senior Editor of the Law Review and Order of the Coif in UCLA Law School’s Class of 2007.

Parking information

Free event parking is available underneath/behind the Ken Edwards Center building; however, if parking is full affordable parking is available in Santa Monica city parking structures surrounding the 3rd Street promenade.

These workshops are made possible, in part, from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; The City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs; and the California Community Foundation.  Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.  



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