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Jeff Brabec

BMG Chrysalis
VP, Business Affairs

Jeff Brabec is Vice President of Business Affairs for BMG Chrysalis  (representing, among others, the catalogues of will.i.am, Bruno Mars, ZZ Top, OutKast, Cee Lo Green, ZZ Top, David Bowie, My Morning Jacket, Kurt Cobain, Devo, Gnarls Barkley, John Denver, Blondie, David Bowie, Paul Anka, Billy Idol, Jethro Tull, Yeah Yeah Yeahs,  Dan Wilson, Paul Anka, TV on the Radio and Ray LaMontagne).  BMG owns and controls over one million copyrights throughout the world.  He specializes in evaluating, analyzing, projecting income and negotiating music publishing catalogue acquisitions as well as songwriter, co-publishing, participation, administration, subpublishing, direct license and joint venture agreements as well as termination rights issues. He also specializes in all music licensing issues Including digital media, motion pictures, television, video games, apps, Broadway musicals and new technology agreements and negotiations. Previously, he has been Vice President of Business Affairs for both The Chrysalis Music Group and The PolyGram Music Group and Director of Business Affairs for The Welk Music Group and Arista-Interworld Music Group where he represented the catalogues of Elton John, Henry Mancini, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Hall & Oates, Jerome Kern, and Oscar Hammerstein II, among others.  A graduate of New York University School of Law, he has also been a government legal services attorney. Brabec is the co-author with his twin brother Todd (former Executive Vice President of ASCAP) of the best-selling book Music Money and Success: The Insider's Guide To Making Money In The Music Business (7th Edition / Schirmer Trade Books/Music Sales) and has been awarded the Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism. Brabec has taught music publishing at USC Thornton School of Music/Business Division,  has been a guest lecturer teaching music publishing for Berklee School of Music, is Contributing Editor to the Entertainment Law & Finance Magazine and has written and continues to author numerous articles on the music industry which have appeared in the NARAS Journal, the American Bar Association Sports And Entertainment Journal, New York Law Journal, Advertising Age, Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment, Publishing And The Arts Handbook, Entertainment Law & Finance Magazine, the Entertainment Law Reporter, The Screen Composers Guild Publication and the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers Music Handbook. Brabec also lectures extensively on the business and legal aspects of the music industry including the American Bar Association, Practicing Law Institute, Association of Independent Music Publishers, Game Developers Conference, the California Copyright Conference, American Film Institute, Billboard/Hollywood Reporter’s Annual Film and Television Conference, the California Bar Association, The Beverly Hills Bar Association, South by Southwest, the Texas Bar Association, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Borders Books, Southwestern Law School, Loyola Law School, numerous universities, songwriter organizations, ASCAP, Taxi and the national Guitar Center chain.