About Todd Brabec and Jeff Brabec
Award Winning Authors Adjunct Professors Entertainment Law Attorneys
Speakers Music Business Executives Licensing/Royalty Consultants
Todd Brabec, former Executive Vice President and Worldwide Director of Membership for ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and Jeff Brabec, Vice President of Business Affairs for BMG Rights Management (BMG), are Entertainment Law attorneys, Adjunct Professors at USC where they teach Music Publishing , Music Licensing and Film, Television and Video Game Scoring and Song Contracts, Deems Taylor Award winning authors of the best selling music business book "Music , Money and Success: the Insiders Guide to Making Money in the Music Business" (7th edition/560 pages/Schirmer Books, Music Sales Corp), graduates of the New York University School of Law and recipients of the 2015 Texas Star Award from the Entertainment and Sports Section of the State Bar of Texas Outstanding Contribution and Achievement in the Field of Entertainment Law and the 2005 Educational Leadership Award from the Music & Entertainment Educators Association (MEIEA).
The Brabecs have over 400 published articles on the business and law of Music and Entertainment including the American Bar Association Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, the Entertainment and Arts Handbook, Entertainment, Law and Finance, SCORE magazine, the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL) Midem Handbook, Advertising Age, State Bar of California "New Matter", Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, the Mitchell Hamline Law Review, the New York Law Journal and many more.
The Mitchell Hamline Law Review article "The Performance Right: A World in Transition" was chosen by West-Thomson Reuters as one of the best law review articles of 2016 on Entertainment Law and was published separately in the 2016 Entertainment and Arts Handbook.
They have been panelists/speakers at practically every major music consumer, business and law conference including SXSW, Midem, NATPE, Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), Practising Law Institute (PLI), American Bar Association Entertainment and Sports Industries, NARM, Americana, American Film Institute (AFI), Cutting Edge, New Music Seminar, the Irish Music Rights Organization (IMRO), the California Copyright Conference, Song Summit Sydney, MEIEA, the Copyright Society, TAXI, Production Music Association (PMA), DIY, the Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL), NARAS, ASCAP Expo, Australasian Performing Right Organization (APRA), California Lawyers for the Arts, West Coast Songwriters Association, Guitar Center, Canadian Music Week, Billboard, American Federation of Musicians, the Game Developers Conference, among many others.
University, law school and Bar Association lectures include Harvard, USC, Belmont, NYU, Middle Tennessee State, Univ of Miami, Dade College, Emory College, Loyola University, Tulane, Five Towns College, Thomas Jefferson, Trebas Institute, Victoria University, Hastings, Southwestern, Florida State, University of Colorado, DePaul , Michigan State, Syracuse University, Cal State Northridge, the Musicians Institute and the Bar Associations of California, San Francisco, Georgia, Texas, Florida, Minnesota, Beverly Hills, Washington D.C., Tennessee and New York, among others. They were also responsible for teaching the "International Industry Operations: Music Publishing" course for Berklee College of Music.
Having been in bands since high school, the Brabecs were recording artists and members of the band "The Reunion".
Todd Brabec, as Executive Vice President and Worldwide Director of Membership for ASCAP-the world's largest music licensing organization-for well over 3 decades, was in charge of all ASCAP Membership operations throughout the world with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, London, Miami, Chicago and Puerto Rico, all writer and publisher payment formula recommendations, changes and implementation, all advances, loans, guarantees and other member financial arrangements and all competitive payments and systems analysis .
He was responsible for signing most of ASCAP’s contemporary successful songwriters and writer/artists including James Taylor, Marvin Gaye, Metallica, Green Day, Smokey Robinson, Joni Mitchell, Sting, Neil Young, Journey, the Jimi Hendrix catalogue, War, Earth, Wind & Fire, Fergie, Supertramp, Motley Crue, Avril Lavigne, Bob McDill, Jeff Lynne, (ELO), Tom Petty, Sting, Marc Anthony, ZZ Top, Motley Crue, Billy Joel, Donna Summer, Foreigner, Bryan Adams, Steely Dan, America, John Prine, Rob Thomas and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis as well as the blockbuster film composers James Horner ("Avatar" and "Titanic"-the 2 top grossing films of all time), Alan Silvestri ("Marvel's The Avengers"), Hans Zimmer ( “Pirates of the Caribbean” films), James Newton Howard (“Dark Knight”, "Hunger Games"), Michael Giacchino (“Up”, "Rogue One") and Randy Newman ("Toy Story", "The Natural") in addition to many of the top television series score and theme composers.
Through his leadership, direction and efforts over 37 years, ASCAP grew from 60 million dollars to 1 billion dollars in annual revenues, from 30,000 members to 400,000 writers and publishers and from a 20% overall market share to a 52% share of radio and competitive dominance in broadcast and cable television, worldwide top grossing feature films and all other major media.
In addition, he significantly changed most of ASCAP's distribution, payment and survey rules and systems and was responsible for significantly increasing the royalties and payment formulas for successfull radio writers and film and television score and theme composers as well as eliminating practically all ASCAP payment, distribution policies, formulas and rules which were not in the best interests of songwriters, composers and publishers or which had a negative effect on their earnings or which financially penalized success-- all of which enabled ASCAP to survive and succeed in the 2.3 billion dollar competitive world of ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and GMR.
Todd, a former Music Chair, Budget Chair and Governing Committee member of the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, is currently a music licensing industry consultant and adviser as well as an Entertainment Law attorney. He is currently on the national Board of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) and is a past Board member of NARAS and the California Copyright Conference (CCC). He is a graduate of the New York University School of Law and prior to his career in music and entertainment law, he was a legal services attorney in Chicago for the Office of Economic Opportunity
is Vice President of Business Affairs for BMG Rights Management (representing the catalogues of Bruno Mars, Kurt Cobain, Roger Waters, Yusewf/Cat Stevens,OutKast, John Denver, My Morning Jacket, Blondie, David Bowie, Paul Anka, Billy Idol, Jethro Tull, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Ray LaMontagne). He specializes in evaluating, analyzing, projecting income and negotiating music publishing catalogue acquisitions as well as songwriter, co-publishing, participation, administration, subpublishing, joint venture and Broadway agreements. He has negoiated more than 1,000 movie, television, video, app, new technology and advertising commercial agreements for chart writers,writer-recording artists and writer - producers.
Previously, he has been Vice President of Business Affairs for The PolyGram Music Group and Director of Business Affairs for both The Welk Music Group and Arista-Interworld Music Group where he represented the catalogues of Elton John, Henry Mancini, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Hall & Oates, Jerome Kern, and Oscar Hammerstein II, among others. A graduate of New York University School of Law, he has also been a government legal services attorney.