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The SCL in NY 




Wednesday, January 22, 2014

7:30 - 9:00 PM


Manhattan Movement and Arts

248 W. 60th Street

New York, NY 10023


For film, television and video game composers and songwriters, the world of royalties, contract clauses and license agreements has changed significantly in recent years, bringing opportunities as well as serious challenges.

Join Charlie Sanders, Doug Wood and David Wolfert for an important discussion covering:

1. The Rise of Direct Licensing (The story of DMX and its implications for writers)

2. Pandora - A little history, and where we are right now - both ASCAP and BMI

3. The Consent Decrees - how they disadvantage writers and publishers

4. Work for Hire in a Direct Licensing World - what happens to the composer when NetFlix and Disney do a package deal?

5. Looking Toward the Future - what writers can do to protect themselves and their music going forward.


Composer and producer Doug Wood has created music for hundreds of television programs and commercials. A classically-trained pianist and composition major at Manhattan School of Music (as well as rock guitarist and band leader), Doug is the founder and CEO of the Omnimusic Libraries. Doug has been elected seven times to the ASCAP Board of Directors, and currently serves as Chair of the Operations and Administration and Law and Licensing Committees. He is the former President of the Professional Composers of America, and recently helped form the National Council of Music Creator Organizations. Doug has been an SCL member since 1999.

Charles J. Sanders is currently engaged in private legal practice in New York City, representing numerous music industry clients including the Songwriters Guild of America (the world’s longest established advocacy and representation organization run solely by and for songwriters), StarClub, Ltd. Of Malibu, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.  He is a member of the bars of New York, California, Washington, D.C. and the United States Supreme Court.

Sanders,has served as an adjunct professor in the NYU Graduate Music Business Program for over fifteen years.  He also served for nearly two decades --beginning in 1986--- as counsel to the National Music Publishers’ Association and its licensing subsidiary, The Harry Fox Agency.  During that period, Sanders participated in policy-making and legislative advocacy on virtually every major issue faced by the international music industry (as he continues to do today on behalf of the Songwriters Guild of America), and helped oversee the distribution of over $4 billion in royalty income to songwriters and music publishers.

David Wolfert is a Grammy and Emmy nominated composer, arranger, songwriter, orchestrator, producer and instrumentalist who has worked in all areas of music, including film, records, advertising and television.

David's songs have been recorded by Whitney Houston , Barbra Streisand, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Dolly Parton, Dusty Springfield, Eddie Murphy, the Four Tops, Cher, Lynn Anderson, Julio Iglesias Jr. and many others, and appear on the Greatest Hits collections of Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, and Dolly Parton.   His song, “Stand Up” was recently used by the United  Nations Millenium project as the centerpiece of an event that rallied over 173 million people all over the world to demand that their leaders live up to 12 basic goals set by the UN. David has also worked as an arranger. producer and guitarist with many icons of the music business, including Rod Stewart, Bette Midler, Whitney Houston, Elton John, Peter Criss, Jimmy Cliff. Johnny Cash, Harry Nilsson, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Judy Collins, Brenda Russel, Don Covay, Dr. John and many others.

SCL Members: Free   /   Non-Members: $35   /   Students: $20

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Students and Non-Members: Payment accepted at the door, please bring cash or check make out to The Society of Composers & Lyricists.  If you are attending as a student, please bring student ID.


THE SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS & LYRICISTS (SCL) is the non-profit premier organization for professional film, television, video game, and musical theater composers and lyricists, and those working in our industry such as orchestrators, arrangers, music supervisors, music agents, music attorneys, music editors, copyists, recording engineers, and related jobs, with a distinguished 65-year history in the fine art of creating music for visual media. Current SCL Members include the top creative professionals whose experience and expertise is focused on many of the creative, technological, legal, newsworthy and pressing issues of the film music, television music, game music, and musical theatre industry today.



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