ASMAC Town Hall “Arrangers & Copyright”

7 April 2015

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ASMAC Town Hall “Arrangers & Copyright”
Moderated by ASMAC President Chris Walden
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 – 7:30pm

Professional Musicians Local 47

817 N.Vine St, Hollywood CA 90038


JOIN US for a panel discussion about the various issues arrangers and orchestrators are facing in the context of modern day music production and the consequences recent legal developments may have for arrangers and orchestrators. The panelists will discuss a variety of questions regarding the US Copyright Law, the review of the PRO’s consent decree, compensation and credits for arrangers and orchestrators. There will also be a Q&A at the end of the event.

Panelists: Jay Cooper – Attorney, Vince Mendoza – Arranger, Julia Michels – Music supervisor, Richard Niles – Arranger and Author, Don Peake – Composer, Jeff Weber – Music producer.

Chris WaldenGrammy® nominated composer/arranger/conductor CHRIS WALDEN has scored more than 40 feature and TV films, and has written more than a thousand orchestral and big band arrangements for artists including Christina Aguilera, Michael Bublé, Aretha Franklin, Paul Anka, Stevie Wonder, Rihanna. Barbra Streisand, and orchestras like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Pops, and many more. He has worked closely with producers David Foster, Tommy LiPuma, and Phil Ramone.

Jay CooperJay Cooper focuses his practice on music industry, motion picture, television, Internet, multimedia and intellectual property issues. He represents individuals and companies on intellectual property matters including recording and publishing agreements for individual artists and composers; actor, director, producer and writer agreements in film and television; executive employment agreements; complex acquisitions and sales of entertainment catalogs; production agreements on behalf of music, television and motion picture companies, and all entertainment issues relative to the Internet.

Vince MendozaVince Mendoza has been at the forefront of the Jazz and contemporary music scene as a composer, conductor and recording artist for the last 20 years. According to All about Jazz Mendoza “daringly expands the vernacular by including elements of abstract impressionism, romanticism and a highly unorthodox palette to position him as the clear and natural successor to the late Gil Evans.” He has written scores of compositions and arrangements for big band, extended compositions for chamber and symphonic settings while his jazz composing credits read like a “who’s who” of the best modern instrumentalists and singers in the world today. Mendoza was recognized as ‘Best Composer/Arranger’ by Swing Journal’s critics poll in Japan.

Julia MichelsJulia Michels has spent over two decades working in the music industry and has had great success in various roles throughout her storied career. She found her true calling working as an independent Music Supervisor and has proven time and again that her contributions translate to major box office success. Together, Julia’s box office hits have totaled nearly 2 billion dollars in worldwide ticket sales. She was recognized for two consecutive years (2010 and 2011) with the award for Outstanding Music Supervision in Film by the Hollywood Music in Media as well as Best Music Supervision in Film in 2011 and 2012 by the Guild of Music Supervisors.

Richard NilesRichard Niles career spans pop, R&B, rock and jazz as a composer, producer, songwriter, arranger, conductor, broadcaster, recording artist, author and educator. He has contributed to over 40 hits. Records featuring his work have sold over 250 million copies worldwide. Credits include: Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, James Brown, Michael McDonald, Mariah Carey, Cher, Lulu,Deniece Williams, Pat Metheny, Pet Shop Boys, Bob James, Dusty Springfield, Tears for Fears, Jane Monheit, Kiri Te Kanawa, Kylie Minogue, Grace Jones, Take That, Michel Legrand.

Don PeakeDon Peake is a multi-talented musician who has worked as a guitarist, arranger, record producer, and film music composer. Starting his professional musical career as a guitarist in 1961, Peake’s talent was recognized early when he toured as lead guitarist with the Everly Brothers at the age of 21, playing in the U.S. and Europe for two years. Peake returned to Los Angeles to establish himself as a recording musician, and played for many of the legendary performers under Phil Spector’s production including The Righteous Brothers – “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”, Ike and Tina Turner – ” River Deep Mountain High”, as well as recording with Mahalia Jackson, Billy Preston, Cannonball Adderly, Marvin Gaye, and Diana Ross.

Jeffery WeberJeffrey Weber has been a widely recognized music industry professional for over thirty-five years. He has produced over 185 CDs with releases on just about every major label as well as a host of independent labels. Along the way, his projects have yielded two Grammys, seven Grammy nominations, at least seventeen top ten albums, two number one albums and an assortment of other honors.

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