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M.A.  Musicology, University of California, Berkeley. Specialization: Contemporary Music. Also research on 17th and 18th century French opera.
B.A.  Music Performance (Piano). University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

In addition to the above, from 1990-present, Expert No. 1794 has been a guest speaker, organizer, and attendee of many professional seminars on music industry topics, mediation, intellectual property issues, electronic media, copyright law, television and film music, music research and collections. Attorneys attending her presentations often receive CLE credit.

In addition, she has also served on several boards of trustees for intellectual property, music publishing, and other organizations. She has served as an expert witness on many leading cases involving musician careers, music industry issues, and intellectual property law, including, most recently, for the National Music Publishers Association (before the Copyright Royalty Board hearings on ring tones), and cases involving well-known artists and their estates, including Igor Stravinsky, Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige, and others.

Professional Experience

President, Private Firm. (New York): 1980 - Present

This firm is a consulting service for the music industry and related professions. Concentration presently includes issues involving musicians and their representatives, music and entertainment industries, advertising issues, and the intellectual property field, providing consulting, trial preparation, and expert testimony for attorneys, recording and publishing companies, advertising firms, entertainment, and computer companies. Services include career appraisals, talent evaluation, musical analysis and comparisons, research into prior art, consulting with advertising agencies on the use of music in their campaigns, and with media companies when they are dealing with music technology and content. In addition, insurance companies and their lawyers consult with us regarding personal injury, property damage, and loss of life claims involving musicians, music collections, instruments, and equipment. Collectors and their heirs with musical manuscript and instrument collections consult with us regarding evaluations, placement, preservation, and sales. Prior clients include the manuscript and document collections of composers Charles Ives, Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, and William Schuman (Past-President of the Juilliard School and Lincoln Center).

The firm was founded in 1980 as a consultation and project development service, initially for classical composers, musicians, and arts organizations requiring a wide variety of career and business advice. Many of the artists represented were emerging or transitional (making career changes), and we increased their visibility, performance opportunities, and support enabling them to rise to a higher level within the field. We also represented well-established artists who performed in leading organizations, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, and throughout Europe. Areas covered included career development, promotion, audience development, concert tour and festival production, fund raising, repertoire, publishing, and recording. Services soon expanded to the concert production field, including concerts held in major New York halls, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

Clients have included Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York New Music Ensemble, artists of the Metropolitan Opera, as well as Michael Jackson, Julio Iglesias, Sony/CBS, and major advertising agencies and law firms in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Nashville.

Expert No. 1794 often appears on Court T.V. regarding music copyright lawsuits, and has been featured in a television documentary hosted by Maria Shriver discussing musical education for children. In 2005, Expert No. 1794 was also interviewed on television’s Celebrity Justice regarding a music plagiarism law suit between Madonna and Mary J. Blige.

Expert No. 1794 was also the musical advisor for a video production promoting ethics entitled Kids for Character. This received international recognition and awards, including a humanitarian award from B’nai B’rith. From 1993-2000, Expert No. 1794 was the musical advisor to the television series Barney and Friends, which has included consultations on the PBS series, musical publications, recordings, movies, and live shows at Radio City Music Hall.

Expert No. 1794 is a frequent guest and keynote speaker before attorneys and industry professionals involved in the fields of intellectual property, music industry practices, and technology. Attorneys attending her lectures receive CLE (Continuing Legal Education) credit, and some of the many forums where she has appeared include the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., the American Intellectual Property Lawyers’ Association, NYU, Vanderbilt University, Beverly Hills Bar Assn., UCLA, and many others.

Prior Work

Director of Manuscript Collection and Publications, American Music Center (New York City): 1975 - 76

Responsibilities included supervising the compilation, editing, publication, promotion, and distribution of all American Music Center books. This position also included advising composers, performers, and musicologists on publishing, repertoire, fund raising, and recordings. Established and organized a musical manuscript lending library, compiled and published 11,000-title music catalog.

Program Director of Directory Project, American Music Center: 1974 - 75

Responsibilities included compiling and supervising the research and publication of The Contemporary Music Performance Directory - a 200 page resource for composers and performers. Responsibilities also included raising $40,000 in order to publish and promote the book.

Music Career and Management workshops (New York City): 1984 - 90

Taught workshops for conductors, composers, managers, and other musical artists and administrators on various subjects including “Career Development,” “Fund Raising,” “Publicizing a Concert,” “Marketing Yourself,” and “The Business of Music.” Students included emerging and established artists as well as recent graduates of Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Columbia University, and NYU.
Director of Research, Joseph Boonin Music Publications (New Jersey): 1974
Responsibilities included designing and editing advertising for professional musicians, musicologists, and librarians, creating access to the college music textbook market, recommending textbooks and new music editions to college professors and music librarians, and copy editing and rewriting musicology textbooks

Freelance Music and Book Editor: 1974- 79
Edited music and music textbooks for various publishers, including G. Schirmer Inc., Theodore Presser Co., Editions Salabert, and Alexander Broude, Inc. Edited music in all performance categories: instrumental, vocal, choral, band, orchestral, and electronic.

PublicationsAvailable Upon Request

Selected Speaking EngagementsAvailable Upon Request


Copyright Society of the U.S.A.
   Secretary, Board of Directors, 2014
   Trustee, 1994 – 96
   Chairman, 2005, 1993 Annual Conferences
   Chairman, 2009-2013, New Member Initiative

American Music Center, New York

Association of Independent Music Publishers
Member of nominating committee for Board of Directors, 1993

New York Women in Film and Television

Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel
New York Steering Committee – 2010 - present

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