Julian Jewels Presents
The Legal & Accounting Program for Music Professionals
October - December 2019
A workshop series for aspiring musicians and music industry professionals on the foundations of entertainment law & accounting.Apply to Join
Applications Due: October 16
Learn The Business
10+ leading industry professionals sharing how you can transform your music endeavors into a legally operating business.
Artist Development Coach, Julian Jewels
Using his 10+ years of industry experience, Julian coaches music professionals how to navigate the music business & generate revenue with their creative endeavors.
Ericka Simpson Conner
Associate, Husch Blackwell
An associate of Husch Blackwell, Ericka specializes in Corporate, M&A and Securities. She provides legal guidance and generates awareness for the expansion of diversity in media through St. Louis non-profit, Continuity.
Managing Member, Kayira Law
Well regarded in the entertainment industry, Eric Kayira has experience representing multi-platinum recording artists, record producers, personal managers, publishing companies, songwriters and independent record companies regarding transactions and various legal and business issues within the entertainment industries.
Founder, Brass Taxes
Rus is the founder of Brass Taxes, a team of tax preparers who promise to deliver personalized tax guidance with a focus on transparency and education. Brass Taxes work to humanize the tax experience.
Associate, Husch Blackwell
A patent attorney registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, startups turn to Myers for intellectual property strategy, including patent prosecution and trademark & copyright protection. He also guides startups in corporate structure and governance and directs them to attorneys who can help secure contracts and funding.
Founder, The Fowlkes Firm
Karl Fowlkes, Esq. is an exciting entrepreneur, curator, and entertainment & startup attorney with an eye for talent and ingenuity. Karl uses his legal knowledge and interest in assisting clients to produce online content for readers, students, and creatives. You can learn from Karl as he covers how to properly register music works in his workshop November 2nd.
Director of Client Experience & Success, Jammber
Rachel Knepp is in-charge of success at Jammber, the ultimate workflow tool for creatives, managing the entire music production process, keeping track of everyone involved, making sure the work flows, letting collaborators sign off on important steps digitally, and helping labels and artists file forms correctly in minutes, not months.
Partner, Knox Entertainment
Co-operator of Knox Entertainment - an independent record label - and talent manager, Alonzo is a true torchbearer and carrier of the legacy St.Louis music. Son of the legendary Grammy Award winning Blues musician Henry Townsend, Alonzo is a long time fixture in the scene as an emcee, booking coordinator, event manager and event talent manager - Taste of St. Louis, RFT Music showcase, Big Muddy Blues Festival, and Blues At The Arch.
More Speakers To Be Announced
Attend sessions exploring entertainment law, accounting, music registration and a field trip to the studio.
Foundations: Entertainment Law & Accounting
A panel discussion covering the topics of entertainment law and accounting. Get different perspectives about the foundation that needs to be laid from some of St. Louis’ top professionals and creatives.
10/05 | 10:30am-12:30pm
Learn the core assets that you must own to navigate the music industry - copyrights and trademarks. Myers Dill will walk you through properly filing copyrights and how to start the trademark process.
10/19 | 10:30am-1:30pm
In this workshop, Ericka Simpson Connor will breakdown the various corporate structures and which ones are most appropriate for music related companies. Other topics that will be covered - consents, permits, and protection of IP.
10/26 | 10:30am-1:00pm
One of the main challenges the music industry faces is the lack-of or incorrect metadata. In this workshop, Karl Fowlkes will cover how to properly register your musical works with performance rights societies, music distribution companies, radio monitoring databases and more.
11/2 | 11:00am-12:30pm
Learn the foundations to accounting for entertainers and music related companies.
11/23 | 10:30am-1:00pm
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to properly comply and file your federal, state and municipal taxes.
12/07 | 10:00am-1:00pm
How to Get Credit & Paid in Hip Hop
Hip-hop is the highest earning genre of music, yet it's the most underpaid. But why? This problem begins with splits not getting locked down, which results in confusion over who owns the songs. Luckily, getting credit and paid doesn’t have to be hard. Jammber Director of Client Experience & Success, Rachel Knepp, will share how the power of having song ownership in the palm of your hand reduces the friction of who owns what. The webinar will give you a deeper understanding of music copyright, song registration and why getting your data right is necessary to make money for your music.
11/09 | 9:00am-3:00pm
Come prepared to register your business's corporate structure and set-up your accounting system. Legal & accounting assistance will be provided throughout the day.
12/21 | 10:30am-1:00pm
*Subject to Change
Reasons To Join
Jumpstart Your BusinessAt the completion of the program, participants will be ready to operate a fully registered business with an accounting system ready to keep track of your finances.
Turn your creative works into $$$Owning and monetizing your intellectual property is the key to longevity in the music industry. By learning how to properly register your music, you can turn those streams & views into cash & checks.
Personalized Guidance and MentorshipNavigating entrepreneurship can take its toll on your mental & physical. Take advantage of the weekly office hours to access a network of music professionals to help you navigate the music industry.
Engaged LearningEveryone learns differently and for that reason we have structured the program so participants can learn with their preferred learning style. Hands-on. Hands-off. Online. Reading. Watching video. Learn at your pace.
CoWorking StipendAt the completion of the program, participants will receive a three (3) month co-working stipend at St. Louis’ creative co-working space, TechArtista.
- What is The Legal & Accounting Program for Music Professionals?
The Legal & Accounting Program for Music Professional is an in-depth 10-week, 50 hour program that combines formal instruction with hands-on learning, networking and mentoring. The program’s structured curriculum seeks to transform, inspire and educate music professionals on the foundations of entertainment law, accounting, and music registration. Experienced legal and accounting experts will lead program discussions, respectively. Participants work on specific deliverables such as a business model canvas, corporate structure set-up, accounting system set-up, music registration and business planning.
- Who is this program for?
This program is designed for music professionals in the St. Louis metro region that are ready to establish their business and take their career to the next level. This includes: musicians, artist managers, music publicists, music marketers, A&Rs, Music Bloggers/Journalist, Talent Buyers, Venue Managers, etc.
- When does the program start? When does it end? What day & times does it take place? Where will these sessions take place?
The program begins October 19, 2019 and ends December 21, 2019. The seminar and workshop classes take place on Saturdays starting at 10:30am. Workshops will take place at TechArtista in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis, MO.
- What if I can’t attend the Saturday classes and workshops?
If invited into the program and you cannot attend the workshops, you will be given the option to be a virtual student. Virtual students will get access to the online education platform were all presentations, workshop breakout activities and homework assignments will be uploaded.
- Can my team attend this program?
If you would like for your team to participate in the program, be sure to complete your application under the team classification. If accepted into the program, one team member can attend the workshops but each individual member will receive log-in credentials into the online educational portal and have access to the various program resources. (Teams are classified as a group of up to three (3) members)
- Program Eligibility
Eligibility is based on an applicant’s artist statement, reasons stated for applying for the program, career goals & objectives, and their plans on how to impact the music community in the St. Louis region.
- How much does the program cost?
The administration fee of the program starts at $299.99. Fees vary based on the participant type. Individuals are $299.99; Teams are $499.99; Virtual Students are $149.99. The administration fee goes towards covering the cost of programming, food & beverage, and other costs directly related to producing the program.
- Are the fees related to corporate structure registration and accounting system included in the fee?
The administration fee does not cover the fee to register your business with the state or city nor does it cover the cost for the accounting software you will decide to use. Please, budget accordingly for those costs. Those costs can average out between $100-$300 based on the corporate structure of your business.
- Can I do a payment plan?
Payment plans vary and can be arranged based on the type of program participant you will be. For individuals, the two options are (1) Payment in Full; (2) Five Payments of $59.99. For teams, the two options are (1) Payment in Full; (2) Five Payments of $99.99. For virtual students, the two options are (1) Payment in Full; (2) Five Payments of $29.99.
- What happens when you complete the program?
At the completion of the program, program participants will establish their company’s corporate structure & accounting system, have registered (copyright, publishing, BDS, etc.) at least one musical work and receive a three month coworking stipend at TechArtista.
For any questions about the application or program, please email: