About the Firm

At Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP, we focus on domestic and international copyright law as it pertains to the music industry as well as complex transactions involving significant music assets.
Firm Profile

Alter, Kendrick & Baron LLP is a top entertainment law firm with particular expertise advising clients in the music industry. Our attorneys advise clients in transactional, corporate, and intellectual property matters, including advising on domestic and international copyright law and complex acquisitions and sales of significant music assets.

We provide services in connection with a broad range of transactional work in the music publishing industry, including advising prospective sellers and purchasers in connection with the valuation of music assets, preparing comprehensive prospective risk analyses and advising asset selling entities with respect to proactive strategies for mitigating any potential risk of loss that might negatively impact the value of their catalogs. We are also highly regarded for our adeptness in negotiating and precision in drafting asset purchase agreements and related documents in connection with large scale music transactions, and we advise clients purchasing music assets through the post-closing implementation of a transaction in order to ensure that title to newly acquired assets is properly registered, recorded and secured. This comprehensive approach to the acquisition and sale process maximizes the value that our clients derive from their music assets on both the selling and acquiring sides of a transaction.

Our individual clients include a significant number of prominent songwriters, composers, recording artists and music estates. We consult and advise in virtually all genres of music including pop, rock, jazz, blues, musical theater, classical and opera. We counsel our individual clients on a wide variety of matters, including the administration and licensing of their works in traditional media and the ever-evolving digital arena, and represent their interests in the negotiating, drafting and closing of an array of deals ranging from music publishing, administration and foreign subpublishing agreements to recording and distribution agreements.

The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.

In keeping with his lifelong devotion to contemporary music, Aaron Copland created the Fund and bequeathed to it a large part of his estate. The Fund was officially announced to the public in 1992. The Fund’s purpose is to encourage and improve public knowledge and appreciation of contemporary American music. The fund operates three grant programs and also grants permission for the use of Copland’s music.
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The Amphion Foundation, Inc.

The Amphion Foundation, Inc., founded in 1987, was established to encourage the performance of contemporary concert music, particularly by American composers, through support to performing and presenting organizations that have demonstrated sustained artistic excellence, in addition to service organizations. The Foundation’s mission is carried out through its grant program, the deadline for which is March 31st of each year.
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The Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Inc.

The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress was established as an expression of Dr. Koussevitzky’s gratitude to the creators to whom we owe our musical heritage and who are providing our legacy to the future.
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The Virgil Thomson Foundation, Ltd.

The purpose of the Virgil Thomson Foundation is to further and promote the performance, preservation, dissemination and public appreciation of serious music in general and the music and writings of Virgil Thomson in particular. Applicants may request either general operating support or support for special projects.
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The Charles Ives Society, Inc.

The Charles Ives Society is a not-for-profit organization that was formed to stimulate public interest in the music of Charles Ives (1874-1954) and to include and encourage the performance, recording, and study of his work, and the publication of definitive editions. The Society’s revenues come from contributions, grants, and investment income.
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Protecting Your Musical Copyrights

Download our useful and frequently sought out guide to copyright law as it pertains to musical compositions and sound recordings, including detailed information regarding the statutory termination provisions of the US Copyright Act and helpful charts outlining the applicable timeframes during which the recapture rights provided for thereunder may be exercised, as well as practical tips for musical estates, music publishers, and other content owners.