Note: Seminar registration is through Eventbrite and advance registration is requested.  Each meeting has a separate registration link at Eventbrite and the links are listed below under the subject matter description.

Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA) and the Austin Creative Alliance (ACA) are proud to present Austin attorney Chris Castle’s “Four Nights of Music Rights” seminar series in September and October 2012 hosted by the Long Center. The series consists of four evening seminars that will cover intermediate and advanced-level music business rights and protections and related legal issues for managers, music industry businesses, lawyers, artists, songwriters, and music technology companies. CLE credit is offered for each seminar through TALA.

Each seminar will have a specific focus area for lecture and discussion. Some seminars will also include guest speakers with expertise relevant to the topic. The final 30 minutes of each seminar will also include “Band Basics”, a practical guide to getting and keeping a band’s business in order.

Attendance is free of charge, but advance registration is required. The seminars will be held at the AT&T Conference Room at the Long Center from 7pm to 10pm on alternating Tuesdays from September 18th – October 30th. Visit  or to register and for more details.

September 18: Songs and Recordings: Who Owns What and How the Money Flows.

Band Basics Mini-Topic: PROs and SoundExchange

Registration is closed.

October 2: Getting Paid for Your Work: Artist Agreements, Songwriters and Film/TV Licensing.

Guest Speaker: Tom Gimbel, General Manager, Austin City Limits Live, on the role of the artist manager.

Band Basics Mini-Topic: Internal band agreements, leaving band members, copyright and trademark.


October 16:  Creating Good Partnerships: Manager and Booking Agent Agreements

Guest Speaker: Brian Stovall, Assistant Director of Texas Performing Arts and Entertainment and Logistics Consultant, on how to settle a show.

Band Basic Mini-Topic: Woking with performance venues and how to settle shows.


October 30: Music Clearances for Tech Startups and Artist Rights: Do Good Business and Protect Your Work

Guest Speaker:  David Lowery, of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven and editor of The Trichordist, on artist rights.

Band Basics Mini-Topic: Bank accounts, bookkeeping, taxes, health issues and insurance coverage. Staying Healthy:  SIMS Foundation and HAAM Guest Speaker: Jennifer Stowe, Director of Services, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians

Please register at this link.


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