James M. Kendrick


Trained as an oboist at the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School, Jim Kendrick began his music publishing career in 1977 before studying law. Following graduation from law school in 1983, he has specialized in intellectual property matters with a particular emphasis on the music and audio-visual industries. In addition to practicing law, Mr. Kendrick has also served as a senior executive of several music publishing companies including Boosey & Hawkes, Schott Music/European American Music and Universal Music Publishing Classical.

Mr. Kendrick became a director of ASCAP in 2007 and was named Treasurer in 2008.

Mr. Kendrick is also Secretary and a Director of The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Amphion Foundation, the Virgil Thomson Foundation, The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress and The Charles Ives Society. He also is a director of New Music USA and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Alice M. Ditson Fund. He is a member of the Executive Committee of The International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, and counsel to the Music Publishers Association of the United States and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a frequent speaker on copyright and music industry business practices both in the US and overseas.

  • Best Lawyers, Copyright Law (2020-Present)
  • Arnold Broido Award for his dedicated service to American music, ASCAP Foundation (2014)
  • Saul Tischler Memorial Scholarship for academic excellence, Rutgers University (1982?)
  • Panelist: “2011 MIDEMNET & MIDEM Conference”, MIDEM: Music Business in the Digital Age (Cannes, France, 2011)
  • James M. Kendrick, ed., Collective Licensing: Past, Present and Future: Reports presented at the meeting of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, 2002
  • Adrienn Kransci & James M. Kendrick, ed., Licensing of Music – from BC to AD (Before the Change/After Digital), 2014
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section
    • Intellectual Property Law Section
  • American Bar Association
  • New York County Lawyers' Association
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • International Association of Entertainment Lawyers
  • The Copyright Society of the USA
  • Treasurer, ASCAP
  • Director, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.
  • Director, The Amphion Foundation, Inc.
  • Director, The Virgil Thomson Foundation Ltd.
  • Director, The Koussevitzky Music Foundations
  • Director, The Charles Ives Society, Inc.
  • Director, New Music USA
  • Advisory Committee Member, Alice M. Ditson Fund
  • Counsel, Music Publishers Association of the United States
  • Counsel, American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • Rutgers University School of Law, J.D. (1983)
  • The Juilliard School, M.M. in Oboe Performance (1976)
  • Manhattan School of Music, B.M. in Oboe Performance (1974)

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