The 3rd annual Protect Athens Music Conference through three panels, music experts, business professionals and entertainment attorneys addressed issues such as copyright and licensing, touring, how to run a record label, merchandising and a myriad of legal matters surrounding the music industry.

This conference was presented by the University of Georgia School of Law’s Sports and Entertainment Law Society and the Terry College of Business’ Music Business Program.

Schedule of events

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Wednesday, February 27th
3:00 PM

Entertainment Law

David Shipley, University of Georgia School of Law
John Seay, Seay Firm LLC
Liz Wheeler, Moore Firm and Georgia Lawyers for the Arts
Shawn Nolan, Jonathan E. Leonard PC
MIchael Crain, Crain Law Group

Melting Point, Foundry Park

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Attorneys from firms big and small discuss key legal issues and job opportunities in the entertainment field.

4:00 PM

The Business of Music

Bertis Downs, R.E.M. Manager
John Strohm, Loeb & Loeb Nashville
Peniece LeGall, SESAC
Alyssa DeHayes, Team Clermont
Tommy Robinson, New West Records
Corey Flegel, This Is American Music

Melting Point, Foundry Park

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

How do artists make money in the digital age? Discussion topics will included publicity and promotion strategies, digital distribution, building your team and securing licensing opportunities.

5:00 PM

Touring and Recording

David Barbe, University of Georgia Terry College of Business
Patterson Hood, Drive-By-Truckers
Bryan Poole, of Montreal
Ryan Engelberger, Reptar
Dawson Morris, GTG Management
Julian Dorio, The Whigs

Melting Point, Foundry Park

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

From big mistakes to big breaks, local artists/artist managers shared stories from the studio and the road.