Deep Dive | The Music Industry: Protecting Your Work This third edition of our Deep Dive series gathers the local music business community together at Betamore in Port Covington to provide a much needed opportunity to network and learn about some of the topics that surround what to do once you’ve completed a work. For this edition we have partnered with The Maryland Lawyers for the Arts to provide a program on “Protecting your Work”. Attendees will learn about and participate in discussions around the different ways to protect your work and the depths of “Copyright".

Shot Tower's generous sponsorship of the event in collaboration with Port Covington and Betamore will add complimentary small bites from Chef Pat Morrow as well as beer, wine, and Sagamore Rye cocktails.


ABOUT THE PANEL

Sunny Cowell, Esq. | Attorney and Musician
Sunny Cowell is an attorney licensed to practice law in Maryland, as well as a musician. Growing up in the household of her jazz composer and musician father, Stanley Cowell, Sunny began singing and writing music at an early age. She wrote her first song, “Hear Me One” at 5 years old which became the title tune on one of Stanley Cowell’s albums in 1997. At 8 years old, Sunny began classical training on the violin. By 12 years old, she had begun classical study of the viola. Sunny was featured as a jazz violist and vocalist at the Montreal International Jazz Fest in 2004. She was also featured on a week-long music tour in France which included Sunside Club in Paris, Festival La Seyne Sur Mer, and Jazz Festival Foix in 2005. While attending Swarthmore College, Sunny was a vocalist and composer in Essence of Soul, Swarthmore’s R&B and Soul a cappella group, and she was a member of the Fetter Chamber Quartet. During her time in college, she began teaching herself to play the guitar, adding it to her arsenal of musical instruments. In 2010, Sunny was featured as a singer and violist on Stanley Cowell’s album “Prayer for Peace.” In 2014 she appeared on a Mezzo Live HD TV, France show on vocals and viola. In 2010, upon graduation from Swarthmore College, Sunny attended the University of Maryland School of Law, and served as the Music Director for the school's a cappella group, Legally Sound. She continued to perform and write her own music for voice and guitar while obtaining her J.D. In 2015, Sunny released her first solo EP-CD "Insecure.” Sunny graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2013, and served as Co-President of the Maryland Intellectual Property Law Student Society (MIPSA). Currently, she works as a Staff Attorney at the MD Legal Aid Bureau in Baltimore City, MD and as Adjunct Faculty teaching Intellectual Property at The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).  Sunny most recently joined the Board of Directors for Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (MDVLA), which provides legal advice to local creatives. Sunny continues to maintain an active music career. Airplay and radio interviews include KPFA-FM Radio Berkeley CA, WKCR-FM Columbia University NYC, WPFW-FM Washington DC, WYPR-FM and WEAA-FM in Baltimore MD. Recent performances include An Die Muzik (Baltimore), The Village Vanguard (NYC), Howard University (DC), The Contemporary Art Museum (Baltimore), The Baltimore Museum of Art, Smoke Jazz Club (NYC), The Monterey Jazz Festival (CA), Keystone Korner Baltimore, Motor House (Baltimore), and the Center Club Baltimore.

 

David Dunn | Managing Partner, Shot Tower Capital
David is a founder and the Managing Partner of Shot Tower Capital LLC, a media focused investment banking and advisory firm. Its principals are active in all aspects of media and have advised on over 100 merger and acquisition and financing transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $60 billion. David has been focused on media and entertainment for over 20 years starting his investment banking career in the media group at Alex. Brown & Sons. Prior to entering the field of investment banking, he was a corporate attorney at Hogan Lovells and an economist with the Bureau of Labor Statistics where he focused on labor cost inputs used in calculating the producer and consumer price indices. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics with a minor in studio art from Bucknell University and a JD degree with high honors from The American University Washington College of Law. He is a Certified Valuation Analyst (NACVA), FINRA General Securities Registered Representative and Principal (Series 7, 24, 62, 63 and 79) and inactive member of the Maryland Bar. David has worked on assignments with ABRY Partners, Adage Music, Barclays PLC; Bertelsmann, BMG Rights Management, Bug Music, Chrysalis, Crosstown Songs, Clear Channel Communications, Cumulus Media, Dex Media, EMI Music Publishing, Evergreen Music, Famous Music, HSBC Group, Imagem, Kobalt Music Group, MGM Pictures/Holdings; Michael Jackson (and Estate), Mubadala Development Company, Nettwerk, OneWest Bank, Prince Rogers Nelson (Estate), Providence Equity, Rogers and Hammerstein, Sony, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, SunTrust Bank, UBS Financial Services, Elizabeth Taylor (Estate), UBS, Universal, Warner Brothers, World Poker Tour, Robin Williams (Estate), Verse, Viacom/Paramount and XM Satellite Radio. David has completed multiple assignments involving entertainment intellectual property including in connection with the sale, financing and valuation of music publishing and master recordings, film/television production and libraries, content residuals and participatory interests as well as name, image and likeness rights.

Mighty Mark | Producer + DJ
Born and bred in Baltimore City, Cherry Hill-native Producer and DJ Marquis Gasque AKA Mighty Mark, is the new torchbearer of the urban dance music genre known as Baltimore Club Music. Successfully bridging the gap between the intensity of old school club music and the futuristic style of the new school, his crisp production serves you up unexpected but delicious combinations of urban vocals and chants, 80’s synths, 90’s drum samples and heavy booming 808s. These elements melt into thumping bass lines, making your pulse race and your body move. Each carefully crafted track is an individual work of art. Mighty Mark's original releases and remixes receive frequent airplay via Rinse FM, BBC Radio and Radio One FM Stations and with each release his fanbase increases as people catch on to the wave. With recognition and features via respected publications such as Complex, Vice/Noisey and Earmilk, the future is looking bright as Mark continues to DJ in Baltimore’s most popular venues, create club anthems and curates music on his label Hands Up! Records.

Adam Holofcener, Esq. | Executive Director, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Adam Holofcener, Esq. is the Executive Director of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, a non-profit organization that provides pro bono legal services and education to Maryland based artists and arts organizations.  In his legal practice, Adam counsels artists and musicians on matters of copyright, trademark, contract, business entity formation, constitutional law, and other issues.  He teaches a seminar on Art and Media Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.  Adam is also a practicing musician and sound artist.  Information related to his creative endeavors can be found at www.adamgholofcener.com.  He is a dad who lives in Baltimore City, USA.


Joy Postell | Singer/Songwriter
Baltimore-bred singer/song-writer, Joy Postell, is one of the cities greatest treasures - Finding the balance between soulful sensation and manifesto, Postell lyrically cuts with the precision of a surgeon. After receiving national recognition with her debut album, Diaspora, Postell has continued to set the precedent for Baltimore’s new wave of Soul/R&B. Released last year, her sophomore project, Back and Forth, helped to secure her as one of Okayplayer’s Top 20 Breakout Artists to keep an eye on in 2020. From painting pictures of liberation on Diaspora to weighing her options over nostalgic melodies on Back and Forth, Postell is definitely one to keep an eye on. Find her features on Ebro, Pitchfork, New York Times and The Fader.