Advice For Any Artist Posting on Social Media: “Don’t print it if you don’t want it repeated.”
Senior counsel, Barnes & Thornburg
Katz, who joined Barnes & Thornburg as senior counsel in March, successfully renegotiated a new TV contract for the CMA Awards with ABC. He is also the attorney for several top Nashville executives, including Scott Borchetta at Big Machine Label Group, Mike Dungan at Universal Music Group Nashville, Randy Goodman at Sony Music Nashville and John Esposito at Warner Music Nashville. He has also been engaged by Ken Robold and Steve Hodges for their employment extensions with Sony Music Nashville.
Jess L. Rosen
Shareholder/co-chair, Atlanta entertainment and media practice, Greenberg Traurig
Rosen believes in heading for “where the puck is going, not where it is at the moment,” a philosophy that positioned his firm well to help its clients during the pandemic. With a roster that includes Brad Paisley, Kacey Musgraves and Kenny Chesney, the lawyer (and jazz guitarist) says being adaptable during a challenging 2020 helped the practice meet clients’ needs as they prepare to ramp back up in 2021.
Advice For Any Artist Posting on Social Media: “The days of what you had for lunch — as we emerge from quarantine — should be over. Tell us about the world you want us to be living in, what you want your music to give people. Make those posts matter.”
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