Monday, January 28, 2013

Local 293 Hamilton Musicians Guild Presents Music Seminar with Ian Thomas

Canadian Federation of Musicians, Local 293 Musicians Guild, Presents:

With special guest
Ian Thomas

World renowned singer/songwriter Ian Thomas, longtime member of Hamilton Musicians Guild local 293, joins lawyer, musician and copyright guru Paul Spurgeon along with music law expert Paul Sanderson to present music business wisdom for today's musician.

With the rapid-fire change of music distribution methods and strategies, internet sharing and communication, recording technology and a thousand other things serving to STAND THE MUSIC INDUSTRY ON ITS HEAD, no musician who is serious about their work will have to ponder, "Should I attend?"

This one's a no-brainer: Three experts in the business who know what's going on will share their knowledge to help you know how to navigate the swirling waters of change.

Venue operators, managers and promoters and others in technical roles who support performing musicians will also find valuable information to benefit their work.

Local 293 Canadian Federation of Musicians, Hamilton Musicians Guild, is proud to present this workshop, the first of its kind to be held in the Hamilton area.

Still not sure you need to go? Here are some sample topics:

  • Music Supervision / Licensing for TV, feature films, commercials, etc
  • Is there still reason to manufacture CDs?
  • Do I still want a record deal?
  • Is it worth showcasing at NXNE etc?
  • SOCAN - public performance of originals
  • Grants Music Societies - their role (i.e. Blues/Jazz/Roots etc)
  • Mechanical Rights
  • Radio airplay
  • War stories
Location: The Hamilton Spectator Auditorium, 44 Frid Street S, 7:30 PM
Date: Thursday, February 28th, 2013

$10 AFM members with union card    $15 General public

Tickets at the door only.

View the Facebook event page here.

Paul Spurgeon

With over three decades as a lawyer in the music business, Paul Spurgeon is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., and the American Federation of Musicians. He has also served as a member of the Copyright Legislation Committees (Policy) of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and the Canadian Bar Association. Previously, Paul served as Legal Counsel to CAPAC, one of SOCAN's predecessors, and as a law clerk to the Chief Judge of the County and District Courts of Ontario. In 1988, he was elected to the Legal Committee of CISAC and served as its Chair for several years, currently serving as its vice-Chair. He has appeared before the Copyright Board, the Federal Court of Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada, the CRTC, and various parliamentary committees. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Law and the Richard Ivey School of Business Executive Program of the University of Western Ontario. Excerpted from Canadian Music Week.

Ian Thomas

Ian first hit internationally in 1973 with "Painted Ladies". With a Juno award, four SOCAN classic awards for Painted Ladies, Right Before Your Eyes, Hold On and Pilot, a UNICEF Danny Kaye Humanitarian award, Juno and Gemini nominations,15 albums and nearly as many top twenty records later, Ian has now added author to the mix with two novels, Bequest (Manor House 2006) and his latest The Lost Chord (Manor House 2008). For the rest of Ian's bio visit his website.

Paul Sanderson, Barrister and Solicitor

Since being called to the Ontario bar in 1983, Paul has been in private practice and has practiced entertainment and arts law exclusively.  He is currently a sole practitioner in the firm Sanderson Entertainment Law which is located in the heart of the entertainment district in Toronto. For more information visit the firm website at www.sandersonlaw.ca. Paul is the author of the legal texts “Musicians and the Law in Canada” (Carswell Legal Publication), now in its third edition and Artists' Contracts: Agreements for Visual and Media Artists (CARFAC Ontario) now in its 2nd edition. Paul is co-founder of ALAS (Artist Legal Advice Services), Canada’s first summary advice legal service which offers free legal advice for artists of all disciplines. He is an instructor at Metalworks Institute of Sound and Music Production and in this position he provides education on such areas as Entertainment Agreements, Contractual and Legal Aspects of Live Show Production, and Intellectual Property.

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