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Todd Brabec

Todd Brabec

USC Thornton School of Music
Former ASCAP Executive Vice President/Adjunct Professor
Tarzana, CA, USA


Todd Brabec, former ASCAP Executive Vice President and Worldwide Director of Membership, is an Entertainment Law attorney and industry consultant, a Deems Taylor Award winning co-author of " Music, Money and Success: the Insider's Guide to Making Money in the Music Business"( 8th edition/ Schirmer Books/ Music Sales) as well as the Music Publishing Law chapter in the 2018 two volume treatise “ The Essential Guide to Entertainment Law”, an Adjunct Professor at USC where he teaches the course on Music Licensing, Music Publishing and Film, Television and Video Game Scoring and Song Contracts and is a former Governing Committee member as well as Music and Budget Chair of the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. He is the recipient of the 2005 Educational Leadership Award from the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA) and the 2015 Texas Star Award from the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Texas for Outstanding Contribution and Achievement in the Field of Entertainment Law.

During his 37 year career at ASCAP, he was in charge of all Membership operations throughout the world, all PRO competitive analysis as well as all advances, loans and other contractual financial arrangements and was responsible for signing many of ASCAP 's most successful songwriters, songwriter/artists and film and television composers. In addition, he significantly changed most of ASCAP's distribution, payment and survey policies and rules and was responsible for significantly increasing the royalties and payment formulas for successful radio writers and film and television score and theme composers as well as eliminating practically all policies, formulas and rules which were not in the best interests of songwriters, composers and music publishers or which had a negative effect on their earnings. He and his staffs were responsible for taking ASCAP from a total 20% overall market share and 60 million dollars in annual revenue to market share PRO competitive dominance in radio, broadcast television and cable and worldwide top grossing feature film scores and 995 million dollars in annual revenue.

Brabec lectures extensively throughout the world at conferences, universities, industry organizations and law firms and has been a panelist at major conferences and seminars throughout the world including the bar associations of California, New York, Georgia, Texas, Florida, Minnesota, Washington D.C., Tennessee and Beverly Hills, NATPE, PLI, ABA annual conference,Game Developers Conference, among others. He is the author or co-author of 100’s of published articles on the business and law of music including the ABA Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers annual Midem book, Entertainment, Law and Finance, Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts, Score, USC Law Spotlight, among others. His Mitchell Hamline Law Review article “The Performance Right: A World In Transition” was chosen by Thomson Reuters West as one of the best law review articles on Entertainment Law of 2016. He is a graduate of the New York University School of Law.
Todd 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
Web Segment  Web Segment Music Licensing in Today’s Digital World: A Changing Landscape - "Technotainment" 2018: Distributing Content Across Multiple Platforms, Tuesday, October 16, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Music Licensing in Today’s Digital World: A Changing Landscape - Music Licensing in Today’s Digital World: A Changing Landscape, Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Music Licensing in Today’s Digital World: A Changing Landscape - Music Licensing in Today’s Digital World: A Changing Landscape, Tuesday, October 16, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Music Licensing in Today’s Digital World: A Changing Landscape - Music Licensing in Today’s Digital World: A Changing Landscape, Tuesday, October 16, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs "Technotainment" 2018: Distributing Content Across Multiple Platforms, Monday, October 22, 2018, New York, NY
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