Unpacking the Music Modernization Act (CLE)

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville and Artists Rights Alliance (formerly Content Creators Coalition) present “Unpacking the Music Modernization Act,” a comprehensive overview of the new legislation and what it means for artists. The seminar begins with a summary of the Music Modernization Act (MMA) by Erin McAnally, a music business professional with more than 15 years of experience, followed by a panel discussion with iconic singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, a leading voice in the Music Modernization Act, along with Ted Kalo, executive director of the Artists Rights Alliance, Leighton Linning, an entertainment law attorney with Gordon Law Group in Nashville, and Congressman Jim Cooper, U.S. Representative-TN 5th District.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Register today!

This course has been approved by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education for a maximum of one and a half (1.5) hours of general credit.

Panelist Bios:

Rosanne Cash, Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter
One of the country’s pre-eminent singer/songwriters, Rosanne Cash has released 15 albums of extraordinary songs that have earned four GRAMMY Awards and nominations for 11 more. She is also an author whose four books include the best-selling memoir Composed, which the Chicago Tribune called “one of the best accounts of an American life you’ll likely ever read.” Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Oxford-American, the Nation and many more publications. In addition to continual worldwide touring, Cash has partnered in programming or served as artist in residence at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, San Francisco Jazz, the Minnesota Orchestra and The Library of Congress.

She was awarded the SAG/AFTRA Lifetime Achievement award for Sound Recordings in 2012 and received the 2014 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award in the Performing Arts. She was chosen as a Perspective Series artist at Carnegie Hall and hosted four concerts during their 2015/16 season, and she continues her association as Creative Partner through the 2017/18 season.

In 2015, she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.

On “The River and the Thread,” a collaboration with husband/co-writer/producer and arranger John Leventhal, Cash evokes a kaleidoscopic examination of the geographic, emotional, musical and historic landscape of the American South. The album garnered impressive worldwide acclaim and she received 3 Grammy Awards for it in 2015.

Her latest album, “She Remembers Everything”, will be released on November 2nd.

Congressman Jim Cooper
An original co-sponsor of the Music Modernization Act, Jim knows that our community is built around the talented individuals in the music industry who choose to call Nashville home.

He was proud to be part of the passage of the MMA and the push for the Federal Aviation Administration to allow guitars in overhead bins on airlines.

While he spends most of his time on the committees that deal with nuclear weapons and satellites, he considers himself the luckiest congressman in America to be able to come home to extraordinary music and a vibrant, engaged community every week.

Jim represents the 5th congressional district, comprised of Davidson, Cheatham, and Dickson Counties. He and Martha, his wife of 33 years, live in Nashville and have three grown children.

Ted Kalo, executive director of Artists Rights Alliance
Attorney Ted Kalo is the chief operating officer of LMG, a boutique DC Public Affairs Firm and he is the executive director of the Artist Rights Alliance, a non-profit, artist-run, advocacy organization. He brings more than 20 years of political experience to the ARA, most recently serving as the General Counsel for the House Judiciary Committee. As General Counsel, he was deeply involved in many political and policy negotiations that have resulted in landmark legislation and directed the Committee’s communications efforts. With experience managing a staff of 40 lawyers, he negotiated updates to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, reauthorization of the Satellite Home Viewer Act, a major overhaul of patent law and the USA PATRIOT Act and its subsequent reauthorizations. In 2009, Ted was named one of the top 40 lawyers under the age of 40 in the Washington, DC area and a “Rising Star” in the DC legal community by the National Law Journal and the Legal Times. Ted served as Executive Director for the musicFIRST Coalition from 2011-2016.

Leighton Linning, entertainment law attorney
Leighton grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho, the youngest of nine children. He developed a love of music at a young age and played lead guitar in the family band. He earned his undergraduate degree in jazz studies from Brigham Young University – Idaho in 2009.

During law school, Leighton founded the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and earned the prestigious moot court award – top litigator. He was among the top ten students in his graduating class at Nashville School of Law in 2015. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association, Federal Court (Middle District of Tennessee), and is an active member of SOLID, YEP, AMA, CMA, and Blues Association. Leighton has extensive experience in Nashville’s entertainment industry working on a variety of projects with Billy Block, CMT, Sony/ATV, Musicians’ Hall of Fame Awards, K-Love Fan Awards, Camp Electric, Winter Jam, Kirk Cameron’s Revive US, and Nashville Star.

Leighton and his wife Melissa married in 2012 and are the parents of three daughters. During his free time, Leighton enjoys spending time with his family and playing guitar and piano.

Moderator Bio:

Erin McAnally
As a music business professional of more than 15 years, Erin McAnally has extensive experience in A&R, production, music supervision and scoring for film and tv, publishing, and concerts and festivals. Now working primarily as a consultant and writer, she helps artists, brands, and non-profits with marketing and advertising, fundraising, education, events and operations. One of her main focuses in the past few years has been developing and teaching an education program with Artists Rights Alliance to empower artists and writers with historical context and current day issues.