The Attorney and the Tour: A Look into the Legal Aspects and Business Elements of Live Music on the Road.
You're invited to "The Attorney and the Tour"
BESLS Music Panel.
Info on event and panelists is as follows:
The event will be held in Geraldo's (Feil Hall 205 State St, Brooklyn, NY 11201) on November 28th at 6:30 with panelists, Gary Casson, Phil Sarna & Monika Tashman. Food and drinks will be provided.
Gary Casson is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Judicature in the United Kingdom, starting his career as a practicing Solicitor in London. He embarked on a career in the music industry in 1977, as an attorney in the CBS Records Law Department in New York. After several years working at CBS Records, in both New York and London, Mr. Casson joined Elektra Records, a label owned by the Warner Music Group, in 1983 as VP of Business Affairs to then becoming Executive VP of Elektra Entertainment. In that position, he was one of the most senior executives responsible for the overall direction of the company and directly involved in the business and financial decision-making process regarding the signing of artists and the exploitation of their recording projects. During his 20 year tenure at the label, Elektra was one of the traditional “major labels” in the music business with an artist roster that included, at various times, among others, Anita Baker, AC/DC, Bjork, Busta Rhymes, Jackson Browne, the Cars, Tracy Chapman, Natalie Cole, the Cure, the Doors, the Eagles, Missy Elliott, En Vogue, Natalie Merchant, Metallica, Motley Crue, Phish, Linda Ronstadt, Keith Sweat, 10,000 Maniacs and Third Eye Blind. Since leaving Elektra in early 2003, Mr. Casson has been retained as an independent consultant by a number of different companies in the music industry which, among others, includes EMI Music Publishing, the Warner Music Group, Grand Entertainment, Inc. (one of Michael Cohl’s companies), Lizard King Records and Octagon Inc., a division of the Interpublic Group and Vector Management. He has been on the management team for a number of successful artists such as Il Divo, Anastacia, Ray Davies (formerly of the Kinks), Alfie Boe, James, Imelda May, Al DiMeola, Neal E. Boyd, the 2008 winner of America’s Got Talent among others and has been intimately involved in the touring strategies and activities of these artists over the years.
Phil Sarna has been a successful business manager for approximately 20 years. After graduating from New York University’s Stern School of Business with degrees in accounting and economics, he went on to work at several large and prestigious New York City accounting firms. In 1993, he set his sights on the music business and began his business management career at Provident Financial Management, one of the largest and most successful business management firms. He left almost 10 years later as the managing director of the New York City office to start PS Business Management. PS Business Management LLC offers its unique brand of business management by providing artists with the business acumen to navigate both the normal challenges of running a business and the complexities of the new business models facing musicians today.
Monika A. Tashman is a partner in the Entertainment Law Department of Fox Rothschild LLP. Having worked at a major label and as a promotion representative for a major film studio, she is a skilled and savvy lawyer for clients in the entertainment and music industries who are seeking to maximize their brands and capitalize on opportunities via an array of new distribution channels and technologies. Monika provides strategic and informed counsel that not only builds but transforms the careers and companies of some of today’s most cutting-edge and influential music and entertainment entities. A leader in the firm, Monika spearheads the firm’s Women’s Initiative in the New York office and serves on the Steering Committee for the firm’s Women’s Initiative nationally. Monika is also a certified executive coach and is adept at steering clients to define their goals by employing a classic decision tree.