Ex. Practicing the Law of Music

Course Information

Course Number
L9399
Curriculum Level
Upperclass
Type
Externship
Additional Attributes
Experiential Credit

Section 001 Information

Instructors

Section Description

Founded in 2009, Genius is the world's most popular destination for song lyrics and music knowledge—reaching more than 100 million fans every month. Genius is a leading brand in music online, producing popular video series like Verified, Deconstructed, Genius News, and Open Mic. Genius’s mission is to celebrate “more than the music”—the lyrics, the stories behind the songs, and the connections that drive culture forward.

As part of Genius’s ongoing commitment to Black communities, the externship and Genius
BEAT will both specifically seek to serve young Black artists, especially those living and working in New York City. The externship is an extension of Genius’s BEAT program. Launched in August 2020, Genius BEAT—Business Education for Aspiring Talent—offers aspiring artists free educational seminars covering core topics in the music business. Through the externship, these artists will have access to personalized legal advice and representation in connection with their music careers. The goal of the externship is to give CLS students an opportunity to gain real experience in the music industry while serving a population that is historically underserved and exploited.

The Seminar
The weekly seminar will cover core topics in the music business, including music publishing, label agreements, negotiation, management arrangements, appearances, sponsorship, and more. Students will: learn how music rights interface with the actual music industry, take a deep dive into a real-life label agreement (Kanye’s!), participate in simulated negotiations, and more.

Fieldwork
Students will team up with a supervising attorney to represent and advise local artists. Students
will help their clients: protect their work, structure collaborations, evaluate manager/label/publisher agreements, and more. Students will also work with Genius’ artist relations & legal team to build out materials for future Genius BEAT seminars.

School Year & Semester
Spring 2022
Location
WCW 304
Schedule
Class meets on
  • Wednesday
4:20 - 6:10 pm
Points
2
J.D Writing Credit?
No

Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites
None
Instructor Co-Requisites
None
Recommended Courses
None
Other Limitations
None

Other Sections of Ex. Practicing the Law of Music

Section 001

School Year & Semester

Fall 2021

Instructors

Location

JGH 722

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Wednesday

Points

2

Section 002

School Year & Semester

Spring 2022

Instructors

Points

2

Section 002

School Year & Semester

Fall 2021

Instructors

Points

2
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