Music Publishing Deal Mock Negotiation with Nolan, Sanders in Atlanta

Music Publishing Deal Mock Negotiation with Nolan, Sanders in Atlanta


Two music attorneys – Shawn R. Nolan and Scott Sanders – give the inside track on most important deal points and a music publishing agreement, what they mean and what leverage you have to negotiate the best possible deal.  Learn the process and what the short- and long-term implications to your artists’ careers may be.


In this latest installment of NARIP’s “Art of the Music Deal” series, two music attorneys face off in a live negotiation of key deal points and contractual issues in a music publishing deal that affect a songwriter’s rights and income.

  • Music Publishing & Record Executives
  • Producers, Artists, Artist Managers and Artist Reps
  • Music Attorneys, Songwriters & Composers
  • Brand Marketing & Creative Executives
  • Accountants, Business Managers & CPAs

When you buy this NARIP audio, you will learn major areas of negotiation for publishing deals including:

  • Songwriter development
  • Advances
  • Sources and types of income
  • Collection & division of income
  • Filing copyright notices
  • Reversion
  • Show me the money! How to ensure effective catalog administration.

This program will also cover:

  • Important deal points including digital royalties, a discussion of the new publishing royalty rates for mobile, digital downloads, and interactive streaming services.
  • The right time to make a deal
  • Publishing deals for developing songwriters

PROGRAM DATE: April 16, 2014
PROGRAM TIME: 1 hours, 52 minutes and 27 seconds (1:52:27)
QUESTIONS? Call 818-769-7007 or contact NARIP

Shawn R. Nolan, Esq.

In the early 90s after attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and spending time in the trenches of college radio and local record labels, Shawn began his career in the music industry as the manager for the seminal indie rock band Archers of Loaf. In the late 90s Shawn was employed by Mammoth Records, a joint venture with Buena Vista Music Group, in the A&R department and as the Director of Film/TV licensing. In 2000 he moved to Seattle to take the position of VP of International Marketing & Distribution and Creative Director of Film / TV licensing at Sub Pop Records. There he had the pleasure of working directly with acts such as the Shins, Iron & Wine, Postal Service, Low, Mudhoney, The Constantines and Fruit Bats. While in Seattle he served on the Grammy Association Pacific NW Board of Governors and founded the Musicians Resource Center – an organization whose purpose was to educate musicians and other music industry hopefuls in the customs and practices of various areas of the music industry through the bi-monthly presentation of panel discussions led by national experts. Shawn moved back to the Southeast in 2005 to attend law school at Georgia State University College of Law where he excelled in Intellectual Property law. While in law school, Shawn clerked at Jonathan E. Leonard, P.C., a firm that represents pop and urban artists, producers, writers, publishing companies and record labels. Shawn’s law practice focuses primarily on representation of writers, publishers, record labels, recording artists and other entertainment based companies. Some of Shawn’s clients include MERGE Records, Metz, The AV Club, Kill the Noise, EMA, Basia Bulat, Crooked Fingers, Mount Moriah and Lost in the Trees. He lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife, Laura, and their two children, Watts and Andie.

Scott Sanders, Esq.

Scott is a graduate of Emory University and University of Tennessee School of Law. After graduation he clerked for Judge E. A. Wright, Senior Judge, Fulton County Civil Court (now Fulton County State Court). For over thirty years he has practiced in Atlanta with his law practice limited to entertainment law in all areas of the entertainment industry

Program Music Courtesy of Sparks & Silhouettes


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