Music Law 101 at Wammies Weekend

March 30, 2019  •  Washington, DC

Event Summary

WALA is proud to provide programming for Wammie Weekend, a two-day experience that features a day-long conference culminating in the Wammie Award Show on March 30th and March 31st, respectively. The day-conference will take place at Decades Nightclub, where The MusicianShip has rented out the entire building for panels, presentations, and performances.

Music Law 101 serves as a basic overview of the legal aspects of the music business including

  • contract issues
  • copyright
  • business entity formation
  • co-authorship
  • licensing
  • royalties
  • and much, much more…

Includes Q&A.


Lita Rosario, Esq.

Attorney Lita Rosario’s client roster has included among others: Grammy award winning and platinum selling artists George Clinton and the Estate of Garry Shider (Parliament Funkadelic), Missy Elliott, Tank, Sisqo, DRU HILL, Peaches & Herb, Crystal Waters, Afrika Bambaataa and SoulSonic Force, DTP recording artist “BXC”, SRC/Universal Recording Artists
“Marky,” Universal Republic recording artist Grind Mode; Grammy award-winning and platinum-selling producer Chucky Thompson, Kellie Williams former “Family Matters” cast member, Charlotte Burley, author, producer and host of BET J’s “THE TURN ON,” Davy D producer of RUN DMC and Kurtis Blow, Ronald “Peanut” Frost producer of Jill Scott, Miri Bin-Ari, Dave Evans producer and music director for Keith Sweat and DRU HILL, Nefretiti Makenta producer and director of a PBS documentary entitled “WORD IS BOND.”

She has negotiated distribution and publishing agreements with all of the four major record distribution/music publishing companies including Warner Music Group, Sony/RCA; Universal Music Group; EMI/Capital Records as well as major television and cable companies, including, Disney, UPN, TV One, BET, VIACOM/MTV, DISCOVERY CHANNEL, E! NETWORK and Universal Pictures.

Atty. Rosario also provides internet related, entertainment and intellectual property advice to various corporate entities, and administration of copyrights, including negotiation of syndication rights, mechanical, synchronization, sample clearances, and performance licenses for music in major motion pictures, including Soul Food, Romeo Must Die, The Fast and The Furious, Road Trip, My First Mister, Buying the Cow, and Brothers, as well as synchronization licenses for commercial advertisements for Bermuda Tourism, Lincoln-Mercury, Mitsubishi, Doritos, Jeep, Cingular, MAC Make-Up and Miller Brewing Company.

Atty. Rosario is an adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia’s Department of Mass Media Visual and Performing Arts (from 1994 to present), teaching “The Business of Music,” a course focusing on legal, accounting and other business aspects of music, TV and film industries.

Kenneth M. Kaufman

A veteran of the entertainment and communications industries, Ken Kaufman, Senior Counsel of Manatt Entertainment, advises clients on entertainment and media law, copyright, content and music licensing, Internet law, social media, sports law, and the evolving new technologies in the entertainment and computer fields.

Ken’s clients are television networks, computer and Internet technology companies, media and technology investors, private equity firms, music publishers, television and video producers, new media entrepreneurs, telecommunications companies, website operators, theatre and live-stage producers, directors and writers, songwriters, recording artists, and authors.

Before private practice, Ken served in-house legal departments as senior vice president and general counsel of Showtime/The Movie Channel Inc. (now known as Showtime Networks
Inc.); senior vice president, corporate affairs and general counsel of PolyGram Records Inc.; and general counsel of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In two of these positions, he was the first in-house attorney and organized the legal department.

A frequent speaker and writer on topics related to the convergence of the entertainment, communications and computer industries, Ken is also active in professional associations. He served on the governing committee of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and on the board of directors of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts.

John D. Mason, Moderator

John Mason of Copyright Counselors, LLC & Mason Literary is an art, entertainment and intellectual property attorney, and literary agent. He is based in the Washington

DC/Maryland area. His practice focuses on copyright and trademark transactional matters, litigation, publishing and media issues, contracts, and commercial
matters. He works with writers, artists, filmmakers and people and companies in creative industries to protect, promote and exploit their work. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Mason is adjunct faculty teaching Entertainment Law at UDC Law School, past adjunct teaching Art and the Law at George MasonUniversity, Board President of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, and past Advisory Board member of the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington.

About The MusicianShip

The MusicianShip is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization that facilitates music lessons, experiences and opportunities. While our mission is not exclusive to any one particular group, we are focused on at-risk youth as they benefit most from positive outreach and music scholarship preparation. We are vetted and approved by the DC Public Schools as an official After-School service provider, allowing us to deliver free music instruction to students who may not otherwise have such opportunities.

Our instructors are comprised of accomplished musicians and music educators who serve as positive role models for children. Unlike many other music schools, our students benefit from sessions led by nationally and internationally recognized performers, including Dennis Chambers, Orianthi, and our own Gregory Grainger.

We create a healthy environment that fosters positive peer relationships, provides strong role models and builds self-esteem. Band performances instill in students a sense of pride and accomplishment while contributing to the betterment of our communities. Your donations go further with The MusicianShip as our school is structured with minimal overhead to facilitate the most efficient and direct application of funds.

The MusicianShip’s mission is to change lives by facilitating music lessons, experiences, and opportunities for people who need us most. The MusicianShip’s vision is to be a premiere music education organization that enriches the lives of our constituents and the communities in which they live. We seek to alter the life trajectory of our program participants, thereby creating a more vibrant, educated, empowered, and well-intentioned world.

Event Details

  • Date

    March 30, 2019

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Partner

    The MusicianShip / Washington Area Music Awards Wammies Weekend

  • Venue

    Decades DC
    1219 Connecticut Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20036

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