CLE & Events

Selling Smart, Not Selling Out: Music Publishing and Synch Licenses

Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Venue: Honors Room / Minnesota State Bar Association  Minneapolis, MN United States  Get Directions
Total Price: $15.00

Deadline to Register:  Thursday, June 18, 2015

In the “Streaming Age,” where the consumer is no longer purchasing music to own it, independent artists are looking to exploit their music and generate revenue from income streams outside of traditional record sales and digital downloads. Opportunities to commercially place music in television, theatrical film, commercials, video games and other uses through “synch deals” are greater (and more important) than ever before.  This used to be called “selling out,” but now artists are “selling smart.” 
The legal work in negotiating and securing synch licenses for artists is key to a successful license and, possibly, an ongoing relationship with a music supervisor.  This CLE will cover some of the primary points and pitfalls in the process. 

Why attend?
Meet Adam, Christie, and special guest(s) and learn more about the complex legal and practical issues relating to modern music licensing.

Who may attend?
Members of the MSBA, law students, the public.

Prior to the start of the program, the Art & Entertainment Law Section will elect new officers and council members for the 2015-2016 term.  The CLE program will start at 12:15 p.m. 

Lunch will be provided.  Special meal requests need to be received no later than Thursday, June 18.

Program Chair:

Adam Gislason -- MSBA Arts & Entertainment Treasurer, Attorney at  Lommen Abdo, P.A.
Adam joined the Lommen Abdo Law Firm in 2014 after a dozen years of extensive commercial litigation, intellectual property, and entertainment law experience with a large firm and his own boutique firm.  Adam works with numerous creatives in a variety of industries including music, film, television, tech, and design, and routinely advises recordings artists with respect to licensing deals, contracts, and other intellectual property matters.  He can be reached at 612.336.9351 and


Christie Rothenberg Healey, Entertainment, Media, Business & Legal Affairs at Lommen Abdo, P.A.
Christie has spent most of her career working as a Business Affairs executive for motion picture studios – Tri Star, Warner Bros. Columbia Pictures.  She is Vice Chair of the Minnesota Film & TV Board and works with local and out of state film and television productions.  Christie works with clients in film, television and music and music licensing matters.  Christie has a certificate in Advanced Intellectual Property Law for Paralegals.  Christie can be reached at 612.336.1269 and   

Special Guest:

Steve Nalbert (Round Hill Music) heads up Round Hill's Synchronization Licensing department and handles pitching, negotiating and license drafting for a wide range of Film, TV, Video Game, and Advertising clients.  While at Round Hill, he has successfully landed synchs for a variety of artists, writers, and catalog copyrights, including The Beatles, American Authors, Spacehog, Bronze Radio Return, The Griswolds, Graveyard Lovers, Mason Brothers, Lindsey Lee and Young Rising Sons.  Prior to Round Hill, he worked at BMG Rights Management, Cherry Lane Music Publishing and ASCAP.  Aside from Music Publishing, Steve is a songwriter/producer and has had songs used in a number of television programs.  He has also worked in music supervision on a few films including 2012's In Our Nature.  Steve is a graduate of SUNY Oneonta with a bachelor's degree in Music Business.

CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE credit applied for |  Event Code: 207052   


Art & Entertainment Law Section:  Free
MSBA Member but not a member of the Art & Entertainment Law Section:  $10.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $15.00
Law Students:  Free
New Admittees (Attorneys Admitted to the Minnesota Bar after January 1, 2015):  Free 

Join the Art & Entertainment Law Section:  MSBA members who are not members of the Art & Entertainment Law Section can join the section & attend this event for FREE.  Click here to add the section to your membership and then contact Sue Bores to register for this meeting at no charge.

Remote Participation: 

Remote attendance is available.  Please indicate that you will attend remotely when registering.  Instructions will be sent via e-mail on Monday, June 22.

To register with a check, please mail in this registration form.

Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy.

Questions? Contact Sue Bores | 612-278-6325

No sessions have been associated with this event.