AML 071: Interview with Music Industry Icons Todd and Jeff Brabec (Special Feature)

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Todd Brabec, former Executive Vice President and Director of Worldwide Membership for ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), is the co-author (with his brother Jeff, Vice President of Business Affairs for Chrysalis Music Group) of the best selling music business book Music Money and Success: the Insiders Guide to Making Money in the Music Business (7th edition/Schirmer TradeBooks/559 pages).

He is an Entertainment Law attorney, a music licensing, royalty and business management consultant, an Adjunct Associate Professor at the USC Thornton School of Music where he teaches the course on music publishing, music licensing and film, television and videogame scoring and song contracts, a guest lecturer teaching the music publishing/licensing course for Berklee College of Music and is a Governing Committee Member as well as former Music and Budget Chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.


Jeffrey Brabec is Vice President of Business Affairs for BMG Rights Management (representing the catalogues of OutKast, David Bowie, My Morning Jacket, Sheryl Crow, John Denver, Blondie, Paul Anka, Billy Idol, Jethro Tull, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, A3 (“The Sopranos” theme), Dan Wilson, TV on the Radio, Ray LaMontagne, Danger Mouse, and Cee-Lo Green). Brabec is the co-author with his twin brother Todd (Executive Vice President of ASCAP) of the book Music, Money and Success: The Insider’s Guide To Making Money In The Music Industry (Schirmer Trade Books/Music Sales) and has been awarded the Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism.

Previously, he has been Vice President of Business Affairs for The Chrysalis Music Group and The PolyGram Music Group as well as Director of Business Affairs for both The Welk Music Group and Arista-Interworld Music Group. A graduate of New York University School of Law, he has also been a government legal services attorney.

Brabec, a former recording artist and songwriter, is an adjunct professor at USC Thornton School of Music/Music Industry Department, guest lecturer teaching music publishing for Berklee College of Music, and contributing editor to the Entertainment Law & Finance Magazine.

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About the Africa Music Law Show (AML) is the premier music business and entertainment law digital portal empowering the African artist and the creative industry at large, in the USA and across the continent of Africa. The podcast show made iTunes Top 4 in ‘New & Noteworthy’ category in 2014 and its subscribers include Africa & Hollywood’s power executives, industry professionals and creative talents. 

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  • Jeff's role as VP at BMG Chrysalis.
  • Todd's former role as EVP for ASCAP.
  • Teaching music at USC.
  • Latest trends in the music industry.
  • Advice to artists on how to make money in music.
  • Advice to entertainment lawyers and music industry executives.
  • Discussion about new book 'Music, Money and Success.
  • Discussion on how African artists can break into the US market.
  • Personal background.

Where to Find Jeff & Todd Brabec


You can also purchase their new book Music, Money and Success on Amazon.

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