Navigating Music Rights and Licensing: Frequently Asked Questions about Music for New and Established Works Answered

Thursday, June 8 | 3:45pm – 5pm

Corey Field (Moderator)

Corey Field is a widely regarded entertainment lawyer, legal writer, teacher, and scholar. In addition to his legal practice, he is a Lecturer in Law at the USC Gould School of Law, where he teaches courses including “Entertainment Law,” “Entertainment Law in Practice,” and an L.L.M. course “Topics in Entertainment Law.”

Mr. Field is also the principal author of the legal treatise Entertainment Law: Forms and Analysis published by Law Journal Press, New York, a division of American Lawyer Media, which he updates twice annually. He serves as Outside Counsel for the Sundance Institute and Sundance Film Festival and was formerly President of The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., the world’s leading copyright law organization.

After more than 10 years with a national law firm, Mr. Field founded a boutique firm specializing in entertainment, media, copyright and trademark law, Corey Field Law Group, P.C., based in Los Angeles, which represents clients worldwide in all areas of the entertainment industry. Mr. Field's legal career followed a successful career as the Vice President of an international classical music publishing company. Before that, he was a composer and holds a Ph.D. in Music. Among his many speaking engagements and teaching assignments was a recent week-long seminar on film production, copyright, and entertainment law presented at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing, China, at the invitation of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, for an audience of CEOs of leading Chinese production, media, and finance companies.

Among the clients Mr. Field has represented in entertainment and intellectual property matters are a broad range of companies, producers, and individuals in music, film, television, Internet, publishing, fashion, electronic games, and live performance from opera and ballet to Las Vegas resorts. He also represents visual arts clients, celebrities (including actors and athletes), talent agencies, publicists, and managers.

In the world of dance, in both his former career as a music publisher and now as an attorney, Corey has both licensed music and commissioned new works for ballet, modern dance, and contemporary dance, and represented other media interests in the dance world, including the “Breaking Pointe” reality television series on The CW network for which he represented Ballet West, commission agreements for new ballets on behalf of composer clients including for The Royal Swedish Opera and Ballet, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and licensing to dance companies worldwide including agreements with the American Ballet Theatre, licensing to the New York City Ballet on behalf of the works of Stravinsky and Orff (as a music publisher), and licensing of music for choreography on behalf of Ballet X. Mr. Field also represented the international hip hop dance team The Jabbawockeez including all of their Las Vegas residency agreements (MGM Grand, Monaco, Luxor), touring, licensing and media.

Christine Cox (Speaker)

Christine Cox began her training with the School of Pennsylvania Ballet and continued at Philadelphia's Performing Arts School, spending summers studying at the Joffrey and San Francisco Ballet schools. After high school, she joined BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio, then moved to New York to dance with Ballet Hispanico and American Repertory Ballet before joining Pennsylvania Ballet from 1993 to 2006. Christine has premiered works by many choreographers, including Kevin O’Day, David Parsons, Kirk Peterson, and Christopher Wheeldon. Some of her featured roles include Rum and Coca Cola in Paul Taylor's Company B, Vortex in Alvin Ailey's The River, Choleric in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Eve in Margo Sappington's Rodin, Ms. En Vie the Cowgirl in Agnes De Mille’s Rodeo, and principal female roles in Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free and The Concert. Christine has been recognized with two Rocky Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, as well as fellowships from the Independence Foundation (2002) and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (2006 and 2008) for her choreography. Christine co-founded BalletX with Matthew Neenan in 2005. An arts leader in the city of Philadelphia, she has served on review panels for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts, currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Philadelphia Arts & Business Council, and most recently was invited to speak at a TEDx talk focused on “Innovation.”