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Wednesday, May 18 • 4:50pm - 6:00pm
From Sugarland to SFX and Beyond: The Legal Side Of Festivals And Touring

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Organized by Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields LLP

Once upon a time, an artist went on a tour for an album cycle, promoting one album for as long as the charts or their label would support it. Along the way, they might play a handful of one off festival dates, mostly in Europe. Today, music festival season is a global, almost year round, industry.  Artist, management, label and legal interests are still competing, but the forum for competition has changed. Multi-day, multi-stage events are now dominating the live music scene over tours, based on exposure to fans and potential for artist guarantee over what they’d receive for a regular concert date. Festivals can sell out before the artists are announced, giving the fests themselves a position of buying power that buyers didn’t have when live music was focused on touring alone. Artists can’t announce tours or certain dates, and have to contend with extensive radius clauses, in order to play the music festivals. 

Live music is now a community-based, full-spectrum experience of entertainment, luxury listening, artist/fan relationships and social connectivity.

This CLE panel discussion to include: the legal deal points and how they are changing each year due to expansion and consolidation; force majeure clauses post Sugarland; the annual “additional insured” debate each festival seems destined to have with the artists; the impact of the recent bankruptcy of SFX and others; the independent festival promoters merging or staying solo; the deal points agents are using to balance touring business versus festival business; and how managers are managing with this much change to the industry at once.

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Adam Ritholz

Founding and Managing Partner, Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields LLP
Adam Ritholz is Founding and Managing Partner of Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields LLP, originally established in 1995. Ritholz’s practice consists of the representation of both individuals and new entrepreneurial and established companies in the fields of entertainment, media... Read More →

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Jamie Cheek

Entertaining Industry Business Manager, Flood Bumstead McCready & McCarthy, Inc.
Jamie Cheek is an entertainment industry business manager with Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy Inc., specializing in comprehensive business and financial management for a select roster of recording. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond and received his MBA from the... Read More →
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Jaime Heller

Of Counsel, Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields LLP
Jaime Heller is an entertainment and corporate attorney in Nashville. Her experience, foresight, ability to dissect all facets of a situation, and knowledge of the law has made her a highly in-demand entertainment attorney for entertainment clients in a variety of different contexts... Read More →
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AJ Niland

CEO, Huka Entertainment
Motivated by a lack of top-tier concerts in his small southern town, A.J. Niland cofounded HUKA Entertainment — a music production, talent-buying and promotion company – while attending college in 2003. After growing rapidly from a scrappy start-up of two individuals to a team... Read More →
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Lane WIlson

-, WME
Lane Wilson is a 22 year veteran and Partner at WME Nashville.  Lane works in the Music Division at WME and is responsible for negotiating deals for amphitheatre, stadium and arena level touring Artists in the southeastern U.S.  Lane is also responsible agent for several clients... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 4:50pm - 6:00pm CDT
Grand Ballroom West