LOS ANGELES–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Latin music in the United States has grown over the past five years, and in 2020 it accounted for 5.4% or $ 655 million of total sound recording revenue Americans. Last year, two of the world’s three most listened to artists on Spotify were Latin musicians. This year’s annual meeting of the Copyright Society of the United States examines the opportunities and challenges facing the increasingly dominant Latin music industry in the Society’s first-ever all-Spanish panel .
The panel, “Copyright En Dos Idiomas: A Conversation About the US Latin Music Community”, will be moderated by Sofia castillo, counsel within the Entertainment Transactions Department of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, and features a dynamic group of practitioners and artists with in-depth knowledge of the Latin American music community. They will address the important copyright issues that have emerged from this exciting market.
With a Latin American population of 18%, today there are more Latins in the United States than the populations of Argentina, Colombia or Spain.
âAs the Latin music industry explodes and becomes more and more integrated into the American cultural fabric, entertainment companies seek to develop closer ties with the Latin American creative community in the United States to improve the diversity of their content, âCastillo said. âThe growing amount of content coming from an incredibly diverse and vibrant community of Latin creators presents significant opportunities for copyright professionals, and I look forward to a lively discussion with some of the best and brightest in the world. ‘industry. ”
Along with Castillo, panelists include Elena La Fulana, a bilingual Nicaraguan American singer-songwriter and band leader Elena & Los Fulanos; Jessie Abad, vice president of legal and business affairs at independent label Rimas Entertainment, whose 30-year career in the music industry includes 17 years as legal counsel for Estefan Enterprises; and Roberto Sueiro, an internationally recognized civil liability, copyright, trademark and defamation litigator who has represented numerous Latin artists and creators in the entertainment, advertising, licensing and merchandising industries. in the courts of the United States and Puerto Rico.
To promote diversity, equity and inclusion, this is the first Copyright Society panel conducted entirely in Spanish, with simultaneous interpretation in English. Among other things, the panelists will share how they have taken advantage of their bilingualism and biculturalism to pursue careers in the Latin American music industry, and how diversifying sources of income has become increasingly important with the advent of the digital age. The panel will take place virtually on Thursday, June 10 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET. In addition to Castillo roundtable moderator, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp is a sponsor of the annual meeting.
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