Arts & Entertainment Industry Forum: Todd Brabec

Entertainment attorney, author, and former ASCAP executive Todd Brabec discusses the music publishing world with students (08/29/2016).

About Todd Brabec

Todd Brabec, former Executive Vice President and Director of Worldwide Membership for ASCAP, is an entertainment attorney, royalty and business management consultant, and an adjunct associate professor at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he teaches courses concerning music publishing, licensing, and contracts. He is also a guest lecturer at the Berklee College of Music and is a governing committee member of the American Bar Association's Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.

During his long career at ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers), Todd oversaw all aspects of the organization's operations, including policies, personnel, offices, signings, financial transactions, and foreign society dealings, among others. Under his guidance, ASCAP grew from a $60 million organization to nearly $1 billion in realized income, and grew its market share from 20% to market dominance in radio, television, and feature films. Todd also led initiatives to significantly change ASCAP’s distribution/payment systems, and was able to eliminate most of the previous provisions, policies, and payment formulas which were not in the best interests of songwriters, composers, and music publishers.

Together with his brother, Jeff Brabec, Todd is the co-author of the best-selling Music, Money, and Success: the Insider's Guide to Making Money in the Music Business . He has authored over 400 articles on all aspects of the business, legal, and royalty aspects of music, as well as lectured on these topics internationally at colleges and universities, state and national bar associations, conventions, conferences, seminars, corporations, and more.