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Festival Recap/Comments
 
On March 9, 10, 11,  we gathered in Atlanta, Georgia at the New Calvary Missionary Baptist Church for the inaugural Bro. Esmond Patterson Gospel Music Festival. 
 
Our goals were to:
 
  • explore and present ways to keep Gospel music relevant in today's society,
  • provide an opportunity for artists to entertain a diverse audience of music enthusiasts
  • give an avenue for gospel legends to mentor up and coming artists.
 
Beginning with Friday's welcome reception and ending with Sunday's "Bro. Esmond Patterson Day", this weekend lived up to its expectations.
 
Darrell Luster, festival keynote speaker, gave his thoughts on the direction of the gospel music industry and what the artists needed to do to make themselves more marketable and viable in the industry.  Saturday's workshops built upon his views and specialized seminars were conducted by industry veterans.
 
It has been said that the best way to remember someone is to keep their legacy alive. Our sincerest thanks are extended to all that were involved in this festival to remember Atlanta's Gospel Giant, Bro. Esmond Patterson.
 
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Hello Edna:
 
I really enjoyed the sessions on Saturday and meeting all the gospel singers who were there - they are quite inspirational.
 
I wrote a small blog about it: http://law2sm.com/gospelfest-2012/ Feel free to share.
 
Have a great week.
 
Deborah

Deborah Gonzalez, Esq.
Attorney At Law
Atlanta – New York
IP: Art, Music, Entertainment, Digital
Dgartlaw@att.net
706-614-9915
 
 
GospelFest 2012
 
March 12, 2012 By Deborah Gonzalez
 
 Now for something a little different…Besides running Law2sm, I have a private practice focused on intellectual property in art, music, and entertainment.  I enjoy working with creative clients in these industries and helping them reach their dreams.  It also allows me to run a periodic pro bono music law clinic at Nuci’s Space in Athens (http://www.nuci.org/).  Our last one was held on February 24, 2012 as part of the Protect Athens Music program.  So I was very honored to receive a request to speak at the First Bro. Edmond Patterson Gospel Music Festival (http://www.pattersonfest.com/) on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the New Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA.  I gave two presentations for musicians on “Protecting Your Music & Your Brand: The Legal Stuff Musicians Need to Know.” 
 
Although the focus was on the gospel genre, many of the principles I spoke about can be applied to any music genre.The session covered copyrights and royalties, band formation, trademark and brand protection, publishing and recording agreements, 360 deals, agent/manager relationships, and different licensing opportunities in the new digital environment. For a great article on 360 deals click here: http://wjlta.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/thinking-outside-the-record-360-degree-deals-in-the-music-industry/.One reference I shared with the attendees was a piece compiled by the Future of Music Coalition (http://futureofmusic.org/) entitled “42 Different Ways That Artists Can earn Money”.  You can find a copy of the article here: http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2012/120215fortytwo
 
Attendees, who were Gospel musicians and songwriters at various stages in their careers, left with a lot of valuable information and the knowledge that having an entertainment attorney in your corner is a good thing.To request a copy of the handout send an email to dgartlaw@att.net and put “Request for GospelFest Handout” in the subject line.
 
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Darrell Luster - "That was the best attorney that I have heard speak at any conference that I have ever attended!"
 
Rev. Jarius Dorsey - "I am so proud to have been involved in this history-making event.  The networking and fellowship opportunities were beyond my expectations."
 
Rev. H. McDonald - "I have been in Atlanta for almost 30 years and have never seen anything like this before.  The classes were very informative.  The entire weekend was excellent!"
 
Joe Pope- "Thank you for the opportunity to be included in this historic event.  I can't wait until next year."
 
Evangelist Sandi Collins "We really learned some very interesting information, Deborah Gonzalez was great."
 
"CONGRATS ON MUSIC FESTIVAL! ENJOYED CONCERT ON SUNDAY, YOU MUST BRING THE SWANEES BACK SOON! "
 
"Great events this weekend. "
 
"HEY MS. "P" I REALLY ENJOYED FRIDAY NIGHT ALTHOUGH IT TOOK ME A MIN.TO GET IN BUT GOD STILL GOD AND MY GRANNY MO,.HAMBRICK, SAID SHE REALLY ENJOYED HER SELF ALL 3 NIGHTS SHE LOVES YOU AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK"
 
"Hey Sista.. I had a great time at the Festival this past weekend. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to minister in song. I look forward to working with you again.... "