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Music Copyright Law for Musicians Workshop

  • Americana Music Academy 1419 Massachusetts Street Lawrence, KS, 66044 United States (map)

Come learn the basics about copyright law that every musician needs to know! Featuring Attorney, fellow musician, AMA Board Member, and CLE Instructor Jim Jesse.

You will learn why it's important for bands and joint authors to have an agreement, what it takes to claim authorship of a song or sound recording, what a copyright is and how to establish one, why it's important to register your copyrights, the two copyrights in every song,  the six exclusive rights you get with a copyright, all the revenue streams songs generate and how to best collect revenue you're entitled to, and more!

Registration is $10 per person. Seating is limited. Email to reserve a seat. All proceeds benefit the Americana Music Academy Scholarship Program. 


Jim Jesse has been an attorney for 24 years, and has been a full-time CLE presenter since 2013. He is the former General Counsel for Cool Music Network (THECOOLTV), which is a 24-hour-a-day music video television network. Previously, he was in private practice. He has founded Rock N Roll Law, and his passion is spreading music law through his seminars. Thousands of attorneys have taken his courses, and he has conducted his music law course now in many states (see below). He is also a member of the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA).

He is also a singer/songwriter who has released two albums: Down on the South Side and Better Late Than Never. Mr. Jesse is a member of BMI and has run his own record label distributing his music. He has written songs for more than 30 years, and has more than 200 songs he has never released. He has studied music history for years.
He is also the author of The Music Copyright Law Manual and the forthcoming The Musician’s Guide to Music Copyright Law.

Mr. Jesse consults and practices in areas regarding intellectual property, licensing and music law. He has drafted and reviewed hundreds of contracts from small barter deals to multi-million dollar ones. To learn more about Jim Jesse, visit .

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