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Jeff Brabec

Jeff Brabec

Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs
Los Angeles, CA, USA

JEFF BRABEC is Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for BMG (representing, among others, the catalogues of Bruno Mars, John Legend, Kurt Cobain, Roger Waters, ZZ Top, OutKast,  David Bowie, My Morning Jacket, Devo, Hal David,  Blondie, Paul Anka, Billy Idol, Jethro Tull, Burt Bacharach, Steven Perry  Dan Wilson, Paul Anka  and Ray LaMontagne).  BMG Is the fourth largest music publisher in the world which owns and controls over two million copyrights.  

He specializes in evaluating, analyzing, projecting income and negotiating music publishing catalogue acquisitions as well as songwriter, co-publishing, participation, administration, subpublishing, direct license and joint venture agreements as well as termination rights issues.  He also specializes in all music licensing issues Including digital media, motion pictures, television, video games, apps, Broadway musicals and new technology agreements and negotiations.

Previously, he has been Vice President of Business Affairs for both The Chrysalis Music Group and The PolyGram Music Group and Director of Business Affairs for The Welk Music Group and Arista-Interworld Music Group where he represented the catalogues of Elton John, Henry Mancini, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Hall & Oates, Jerome Kern, and Oscar Hammerstein II, among others.  A graduate of New York University School of Law, he has also been a government legal services attorney.  

Brabec is the co-author with his twin brother Todd (former Executive Vice President of ASCAP) of the best-selling book "MUSIC, MONEY, AND SUCCESS: The Insider's Guide To Making Money In The Music Business" (7th Edition / Schirmer Trade Books/Music Sales).  He has been awarded the Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism and The Texas Star Award by the Entertainment & Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Texas for Outstanding Contribution and Achievement in the Field of Entertainment Law. 

Brabec is an adjunct professor at USC Thornton School of Music/Business Division where he teaches music publishing and licensing,  has been a guest lecturer teaching music publishing for Berklee School of Music, is Contributing Editor to the Entertainment Law & Finance Magazine and has written and continues to author numerous articles on the music industry which have appeared in the NARAS Journal, the American Bar Association Sports And Entertainment Journal, New York Law Journal, Advertising Age, Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment, Publishing And The Arts Handbook, Entertainment Law & Finance Magazine, the Entertainment Law Reporter, The Screen Composers Guild Publication and the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers Music Handbook. 

Brabec also lectures extensively on the business and legal aspects of the music industry including the American Bar Association, Practicing Law Institute, Association of Independent Music Publishers, Game Developers Conference, the California Copyright Conference, American Film Institute, Billboard/Hollywood Reporter’s Annual Film and Television Conference, the California Bar Association, The Beverly Hills Bar Association, South by Southwest, the Texas Bar Association, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Americana Festival, Borders Books, Southwestern Law School, Loyola Law School, USC Law School, numerous universities, songwriter organizations, ASCAP, Taxi and the national Guitar Center chain.
Jeff Brabec is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters The Current and Future State of Music Royalties (July 18, 2018) - "Technotainment" 2018: Distributing Content Across Multiple Platforms, Monday, October 15, 2018

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