Music Attorney Dina LaPolt on Getting Laws Passed and Fighting for Songwriters
The New Music Business with Ari Herstand
Wow! Today my guest is superstar music attorney Dina LaPolt. If you don't know who she is, she is one of the most well respected, well known music attorneys in the world. The amount of awards she has is unfathomable: Hollywood Reporter, Billboard's Power 100, Variety, MIDEM, Recording Academy, GRAMMYs. She's also been the attorney for 2Pac's estate, deadmau5, 21 Savage, Britney Spears, and Steven Tyler. She co-founded Songwriters of North America (SONA) in 2015. They're an advocacy organization representing songwriters. She was also instrumental in getting the Music Modernization Act passed in 2018, which has done wonders for songwriters and artists across the board. The Music Modernization Act was the first major update to copyright law in decades. She regularly advocates for artists, musicians, and songwriters on Capitol Hill. This conversation was fiery. We got into it. I told the challenges that independent artists and songwriters are dealing with and how we rarely get a seat at the table. When drafting new laws, independent musicians need a seat at the table. Dina also talked about what she did with the CARES Act. She made sure musicians and songwriters were included in the CARES Act and HEROES Act. Additionally, she made sure that a mixed earners stipulation was added in the follow-up bill. She described what she's working on right now with the new Administration to make sure that musicians and songwriters don't get left behind.Dina is an absolute rockstar on the business and overall. It was such a pleasure and honor to have her on the show. I know you're gonna love this conversation. She does not hold back! --Quick links:4:57 - About the CARES Act10:55 - Dina breaks down the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and where it's at now21:35 - Major music publishers like UMPG always get the best deal while smaller independent artists get screwed26:58 - What is the solution from the Copyright Office? What is the ask from the music industry? 39:45 - About the Music Licensing Collective (MLC) and how it functions43:56 - How politics gets involved in music activism (and how to communicate with Republicans and Democrats)49:06 - What it means to Dina LaPolt to make it in the new music business --Get involved: Songwriters of North America (SONA): https://www.wearesona.com/Music Artists Coalition (MAC): https://www.musicartistscoalition.com/Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC): https://www.bmacoalition.org/American Association of Independent Music (A2IM): https://a2im.org/--Connect with Ari’s Take:Website: https://aristake.comAcademy: https://aristakeacademy.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/aristake_/TikTok: https://firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter: https://twitter.com/ArisTakeYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/aristake1Facebook: See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dina LaPolt, Esq. is the owner of LaPolt Law, P.C., a boutique transactional law firm specializing in intellectual property and entertainment law. LaPolt Law is the only music law firm of its stature founded and run by a sole female practitioner. Dina was intimately involved in legislative advocacy, cofounding the Songwriters of North America (SONA) and helping to spearhead the Music Modernization Act, a copyright bill signed into law on October 11, 2018. Notably, Dina earned recognition as the Recording Academy’s 2019 Entertainment Law Initiative’s Service Award recipient. Dina has also been honored with numerous industry accolades, including Billboard’s Power 100, Women in Music, and Top Music Lawyers, to name a few. *Discussion led by Director Orly Ravid __ Thank you to The Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their generous support of the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute. __ For more info check out the Southwestern Law School Website here at https://www.swlaw.edu/ Looking to Contact the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute? Tel:213-738-6602 Email: email@example.com
Dina LaPolt’s guide to advocating for songwriters’ rights
Midem Music Talks
In a lively and honest talk with Billboard Editorial Director Hannah Karp, Dina LaPolt shares the behind the scenes of her instrumental role in the negotiations of the Music Modernization Act in the USA, and calls for the music industry to unite to protect the value of music and ensure creators’ fair remuneration.
Dina LaPolt sits down with our host: Dan Kimpel and reveals personal details of her journey from rocker to leading Hollywood Intellectual Property and Entertainment Lawyer. Check out this clip and listen to the full episode only on Storyophonic!
She’s been described as “a relentless advocate for creators rights,” who filed suit against the U.S. Department of Justice. Now, with the signing of the Music Modernization Act, Dina LaPolt emerges victorious in her ongoing mission on behalf of songwriters. As Dina explains for us the changes inherent for worldwide creators in the new digital landscape, she reveals personal details of her journey from rocker to leading Hollywood Intellectual Property and Entertainment Lawyer.
This episode is dedicated to all the people in my life that I love but don’t see enough and those I mostly stay connected to via social media. That’s where my relationship with Dina was a year ago. Dina LaPolt is not only someone who has changed my life but listening to this episode and her story could SAVE your life. Last year Dina went from having neck pain, to being in septic shock, and asked if she wanted a Rabbi as she went into surgery, all within two very quick weeks. This is a story of strength. It has powerful information on how to advocate for yourself around doctors and hospitals. It’s a life lesson on how much you help yourself when you’re helping others. Dina’s health care led to inspiring our phenomenal Friday Morning Hike Club. She will make you laugh, cry, and want to call your best friend. The interview is worth listening to beginning to end. Share the information with people you love. With gratitude - The Idea Fountain: Life Changing Conversations, Episode 3: Life, with Dina LaPolt.