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Todd Brabec

Todd Brabec

Author "Music, Money and Success" / former ASCAP Executive Vice President
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 the best selling music business book "Music Money and Success: the Insiders Guide to Making Money in the Music Business"(7th edition/560 pages/Schirmer Books), an Adjunct Professor at USC where he teaches  Music Licensing, Music Publishing and Film, Television and Video Game Scoring and Song Contracts and a current Governing Committee member and former Music and Budget Chair of the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.

During his 37 year ASCAP career, he was responsible for signing most of ASCAP's successful songwriter/artists including ,among others, Marvin Gaye, Metallica, Journey, Neil Young, Smokey Robinson, Tom Petty, Sting, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, the Jimi Hendrix song catalogue, ZZ Top, War, Green Day, Bryan Adams, Jeff Lynne(ELO), Steely Dan, Fergie, Donna Summer, Motley Crue, Avril Lavigne, Supertramp, Foreigner, Marc Anthony, Bob McDill, America, John Prine, Rob Thomas and Earth, Wind and Fire as well as the worldwide top grossing box office feature film composers James Horner( "Avatar"and "Titanic"- #1 and #2 all time box office films), Alan Silvestri( #3 all time box office film "Marvel's the Avengers"), Hans Zimmer( "Pirates of the Caribbean" films), James Newton Howard("Hunger Games", "Dark Knight") and Randy Newman(" Toy Story 1, 2 and 3" films)in addition to many of the top television series score composers and theme song writers.

His  efforts over his career were instrumental in taking ASCAP from a 20% overall market share to a  52% share of radio and competitive dominance in broadcast television, cable and worldwide top grossing feature films as well as an increase in total annual receipts from 60 million dollars to 995 million dollars.

In addition, he significantly changed most of ASCAP's distribution, payment and survey rules and systems 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 ASCAP payment and distribution policies, formulas and rules which were not in the best interests of songwriters and composers or which had a negative effect on their earnings or which financially penalized success. In addition, he was in charge of and responsible for all writer and publisher advances, guarantees, bank loans, financial incentives and other member inducements.

He lectures extensively throughout the world at conferences, universities, foreign licensing and collection societies, hedge funds and investment banking firms, law firms and management companies and has over 400 published articles on the business and law of Music and Entertainment including the ABA Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers annual handbook, the Entertainment and Arts handbook, Score magazine, Variety, the Hollywood Reporter and many others.

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