This past week, students in the Music Business class had a guest lecture and Q&A with accomplished music publicist Jennifer Beavis.
Over the course of her 20+ year career, Jennifer has worked with the multi-national publishers BMG; EMI; and independent label, management and publisher, Nettwerk. She was the Director of Copyright for the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), Executive Director of the Songwriters Association of Canada, and the first Senior Director of Administration at Ole Majorly Indie. Currently, Jennifer runs her own publishing administration business, Librascor Copyright Consulting, whose clients include Arts and Crafts Productions, 604 Records, tanjola, C2W Music Limited, ET Canada, and eOne Entertainment.
During her talk, Jennifer spoke about the different types of publishing and development deals being offered in the industry today, the strengths and weaknesses of various business models, and how the business of being a professional songwriter has changed over the course of her career. She then answered multiple student questions about the nuances of copyright, the realities of working with artists, and the road to success. The insights she provided are sure to benefit all students, no matter where their unique ambitions take them in the entertainment industry.