COVID-19, The CARES ACT and what the future holds for the Production Music Industry

COVID-19, The CARES ACT and what the future holds for the Production Music Industry

The COVID-19 pandemic has created economic challenges for composers, songwriters, and other types of creators. The CARES Act offers the Paycheck Protection Program and EIDL stimulus packages, as well as Unemployment Benefits.

Sweet Relief, MusiCares and other organizations offer grants or funds for members of the creative communities.

Our experts will explain who is eligible to take advantage of these relief options, how much money is available, and how production music composers and libraries may apply to receive benefits.


Jacqueline Charlesworth, Partner at Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP

Jacqueline C. Charlesworth, a partner at Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP, is a litigator and transactional attorney whose practice is focused on music, film and other intellectual property. Previously, Ms. Charlesworth served as General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights of the U.S. Copyright Office. She is also a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School, where she teaches music law with Lisa Alter.

In addition to litigating precedent-setting copyright cases, Ms. Charlesworth is a sophisticated dealmaker and advisor on legislative issues in the areas of music and copyright. In 2018, she was named Billboard Woman Executive of the Year for her critical role in crafting and securing passage of the Music Modernization Act, landmark legislation to update U.S. music licensing rules.

Michelle Lewis, Co-Founder of SONA

Michelle Lewis is a fierce New Yorker now based in Los Angeles, where she is a singer, songwriter, composer, and music creators’ rights advocate.
From her early career as a recording artist signed to Irving Azoff’s Giant Records, to her first radio hit, Cher’s “A Different Kind of Love Song” in 2002, to the 2014 worldwide #1 single “Wings” by the British girl group Little Mix, Ms. Lewis brings authenticity, musicality and heart to a diverse array of music projects.

For the last decade, Ms. Lewis has branched out into the world of songwriting for animated television, most notably as a Peabody Award-winning composer of all original music for Disney Jr’s hit show, Doc McStuffins and as an Emmy-nominated songwriter for the beloved Nickelodeon series Bubble Guppies. She has over a half-dozen TV themes currently airing including Doc McStuffins, The Loud House, Muppet Babies, The Harvey Street Kids, Mutt and Stuff and DC Super Hero Girls.

In 2014, Michelle Lewis co-founded the non-profit, Songwriters of North America (SONA) in response to the ever-increasing complexities and disparities in digital royalties paid to songwriters and composers. And most recently – through her roles on the ASCAP Board’s Legislative Committee, representing SONA and as one of the leaders of the #MusicArmy of songwriters, artists, composers and producers – Michelle was an instrumental force in the historic passage of the Music Modernization Act, which was signed into law in October of 2018.

Allie Shaw, Board Member of Sweet Relief

Allison is the CEO of Manic Monkee which is a brand development and consulting firm. Shaw also does Artist Development. The company does strategic business development including lead development and advises music and tech and consumer companies, event plans and talent buys for festivals, does creative activations and installations, experiences and branded content and storytelling. Shaw also does brand partnerships for brands and musicians. Shaw is also on the Board of Directors for Non Profit Music Charity Sweet Relief.


Abby North, North Music Group LLC

Abby North is principal of North Music Group LLC and a founder of Unchained Melody Publishing LLC. Abby began her music career as a songwriter and composer, and launched her first production music library almost 15 years ago. Abby has experience in all areas of music publishing, from creative to administrative. She has vast experience in works registration, a strong knowledge of music publishing data and databases, and a background developing royalty processing and CWR works registration software tools. Abby regularly advises estates on catalog management, termination rights and strategic growth concepts. Abby is involved in several tech-forward, cutting-edge working groups and initiatives in the music licensing and metadata areas. She consults and advises companies in the financial sector and music industries regarding these issues. Abby is a board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the AIMP, and a member of NMPA’s Team 100, the Television Academy, the Guild of Music Supervisors, the CCC, Women in Music, SONA, the SCL and MMF-US (Music Managers Forum-US).


Apr 28 2020


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