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5th February, 2019

Protecting Musicians in the Digital World: Demystifying “Black Box” Royalties – Lucilla Green


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5th February, 2019
18:15 - 19:30
Concert Room, Grove Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, London NW4 4BT

Talk from music industry rights and royalties expert Lucilla Green

Lucilla Green joins us to discuss “black box” royalties in a talk that aims to demystify some of the myths of how money can get lost in a virtual Black Box. Money owed to bands, songwriters, singers, musicians, producers, publishers and labels are allegedly held in a Black Box when it is not clear who should be paid. Money can get lost because rights have not been registered with the appropriate collection agencies, or digital files are labelled incorrectly.

Lucilla will talk from her experience of working with rights and royalties at a collection agency, a label, and with artists. She will also impart a few tips taken from an upcoming collaborative project with DIY label Mixrupt (“Remixing Rights and Royalties Mixtape”), which will give self-releasing artists tips about how to protect themselves in the digital world and make sure they are identified as creators, increasing the chances of being paid correctly. You will have the opportunity to talk to Lucilla afterwards and to ask questions.

Lucilla Green (MD, Do The Rights Thing) is an experienced music industry rights and royalties expert based in London. She started her career helping independent artists register and understand copyright whilst she was studying Law in Manchester. She then moved back to London where she worked briefly at Polydor Records, before accepting a position as Royalties Manager at Merlin Network, the global digital rights agency for independent record labels. Whilst at Merlin, she worked with many labels such as XL Recordings (Adele), Domino Recordings (Jon Hopkins), and Ninja Tune (Bonobo) helping them to process digital royalties and understand payments.

She then became Business Development Manager at Korrect Royalty Software, working with Ultra Music, one of the biggest electronic dance music labels and festivals in the world. In her position, she also developed and delivered several successful royalty seminars in L.A., New York and London teaching labels about digital royalties and advising on best practices. She has contributed to articles featured in several music industry publications, including music industry trade magazine Music Week, about the future of digital royalties and regularly speaks about metadata and digital royalties. In 2017 she set up her own company Do The Rights Thing, which helps independent artists, labels and publishers understand and register their rights and process their royalties.

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