Steve Gordon is an entertainment attorney and consultant based in New York City specializing in the production, distribution and financing of music, television, documentaries, feature films, and digital entertainment projects. Steve also operates a music clearance service for producers, filmmakers and labels who use music in films, concert programs, documentaries and compilations.
He is the author of The Future of the Music Business: How to Succeed with the New Digital Technologies (4th Ed. Hal Leonard 2015), which focuses on the rules pertaining to the music business and new business models made possible by the Internet. The book provides a legal and business roadmap to artists, music industry professionals, and entrepreneurs for using today's technologies to succeed. For more information and updates, please visit futureofthemusicbusiness.com. To see Steve's other publications, please click here.
Steve is the recipient of two Fulbright Scholarships in music and copyright law. He recently visited Israel as a Fulbright Scholar, where he taught a course based on his book at Tel Aviv University's prestigious Recanati School of Business. Previously he was a Fulbright scholar in Italy, where he lectured at Bocconi University for their masters program in Arts, Culture, Media and Entertainment in November 2007.
Steve has provided legal services to major companies such as MTV, Music Choice, Sony Music, Time Life Films, Microsoft, leading online media companies such as Pitchfork, and many independent artists, producers, managers, and entrepreneurs. For a list of representative clients, please click here.
EXPERIENCE AT SONY MUSIC, ATLANTIC & ELEKTRA RECORDS
From 1991 to 2002, Steve served as Director of Business Affairs at Sony Music. There he negotiated and drafted agreements on behalf of Sony with recording artists, and was responsible for all legal work pertaining to TV and video for artists such as Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and many others. He also served as counsel for Automatic, Sony's in-house TV production company. In that role he oversaw all business and legal matters for the music based TV series "Sessions at West 54th" on PBS and "Live by Request" on A&E. Prior to joining Sony, Steve drafted and negotiated recording agreements on behalf of Atlantic and Elektra Records with urban, rap, dance, hip hop and R&B artists.
Steve is the host of a podcast called The Future of the Music Business. The program focuses on new digital business models and opportunities, and features interviews with artists, music executives, entrepreneurs, scholars, journalists and attorneys.
Steve moderated a seminar at Columbia University Law School titled "Music Sampling and Derivative Works in the Digital Era." For the program description, please click here.
Steve moderated a special forum on the convergence of music and fashion titled "Magical Mystery Tour: Music's Impact on Fashion" at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). To view the introduction click here.
He also presented a seminar at Columbia University, titled "Should Digital Music Be Free?". For the PowerPoint presentation accompanying this seminar, click here.
For upcoming speaking engagements, please see the News section of this site.
NOTABLE INTERVIEWS - PITCHFORK AND NPR
In a recent interview with Pitchfork, Steve gives his take on the impact of P2P on the music business and how the recording industry must adapt to new technologies. To read the interview, click here. National Public Radio interviewed Steve concerning his solution for the music industry's woes. In a three-part series entitled Paying for Music in the Internet Age, NPR's Rick Karr profiles musicians, artists and entrepreneurs embracing new business models as computers, CD burners and the Internet - often blamed for a dip in music sales - allow for them to behave more like record labels. Steve's interview appears in "Part 3: Taxing the Internet."
Steve served as Senior Vice President of Content, Licensing & Acquisition for MUSIC ON DEMAND, INC. m/OD is a partnership between the cable TV industry and the music business to create a subscription video-on-demand service airing music programming on cable, and selling CDs, DVDs and merchandise to the subscribers of the service.
MORE ABOUT STEVE GORDON
Click here for Steve's full resume. You are also invited to view Steve's profile on www.celebrityaccess.com, and see the December 2005 issue of Music Connection Magazine for an interview about his practice and his book.