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For Immediate Release
November 13, 2007
From: Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester
Contact:Tracy H. Kroft, Grants Manager, (585)473-4000, ext. 202; [email protected]

Best Practices for Musicians and the People Who Work with Them
Arts & Cultural Council Legal Workshop at 277 N. Goodman Street on
Friday, December 7, 2007 beginning at 1:00 pm

On Friday, December 7, 2007 at the Arts & Cultural Council’s offices at 277 N. Goodman Street, the Legal Workshop series continues with “Best Practices for Musicians and the People Who Work With Them" featuring speakers Margaret Spoddig from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Marc S. Brown from the Hiscock & Barclay law firm.

Light refreshments will be served. Registration begins at 1:00 pm and the program will run from 1:30 until 5:00. The cost is $30 for students, $40 for Arts Council members, and $50 for all others. Pre-register by calling Tracy Kroft at (585) 473-4000 X 210 or email her at [email protected]. Payment at the time of registration is requested.

Margaret Spoddig will be discussing issues of importance to performers, composers and venue operators. Currently a Director of Membership in the genre of rock and pop at ASCAP, she recruits music writers and publishers by going out to see the latest bands and communicating with others in the industry. Ms. Spoddig has worked in the recording industry administration at Sony and Universal. Her career began with the inception of her own record label, Devour Records. Marc S. Brown, Esq. is an attorney with the law firm of Hiscock & Barclay, LLP in Rochester, New York. His practice is in the area of commercial litigation, with a particular focus on entertainment law, and he has represented a variety of local, regional and national musical artists, as well as entertainment, recording and publishing companies in contract and licensing matters. He will be talking about contract issues as they pertain to the business of music. Local musician, Greg Wachala, will speak about the challenges of working as a musician in Rochester. Arts Council staff will be speaking about the member benefits of the pro bono legal assistance program and the health insurance program.

This workshop is sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester, Hiscock & Barclay LLP, and the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

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 The Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester is a nonprofit service organization for arts and culture in the 10-county greater Rochester region. Our mission is to strengthen and promote our region’s creative sector through our grant programs, constituent services, and special initiatives and to act as an advocate, planner, and funder to promote artistic vitality and cultural diversity throughout the region. For information about additional programs and services, visit us at www.artsrochester.org or call (585) 473-4000.




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