Distribution Deals - A Guide for the Indies

Tue 28th November 2023

Distribution Deals - A Guide for the Indies


Calling all independent music label managers and industry professionals in the world of indie music! Join our exclusive webinar, in partnership with Edwards Creative Law and tailored specifically for CIMA membership, as we delve deep into the intricate world of music distribution with "Distribution Deals - A Guide for the Indies."

This keynote covers crucial topics such as the structure and expectations of distribution deals, the assessment of Major Label partnerships for independent labels, exploration of mid-tier distributors, and understanding the terms of distribution agreements. We'll unravel the complexities, compare different distribution models, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages.

Whether you're considering major labels (Foreign owned multinationals), mid-tier options, or DIY distribution with platforms like Merlin, this session equips independent labels with the insights needed to navigate the diverse landscape of distribution deals.

Plus, stay tuned for CIMA's exclusive roundtable session, but please note that room is limited for voting-level membership.


Burt Gidaro – Entertainment Lawyer

Burt is a passionate Canadian Entertainment Lawyer with extensive music industry, film, television, OTT, and agency/marketing law experience.

He began his entertainment career in the business affairs department of Breakthrough Films & Television. He was then recruited by EMI Music Canada to serve as the Head of Business Affairs. He subsequently served in the business affairs department of Universal Music (Canada) and later served as General Counsel to PolyGram Entertainment’s Canadian affiliate (“Once Were Brothers, Robbie Robertson and The Band”), as well as Head of Operations for New Metric Media (“Letterkenny”).

Burt’s career has been focused on the cultivation of relationships and building partnerships through growth-driving deals. He is also a musician and a lover of film and television, no matter what medium delivers them.


Byron Pascoe

Partner, Entertainment Lawyer

Byron Pascoe is an entertainment lawyer and partner with Edwards Creative Law. Byron focuses on music law and works with recording artists, producers, managers, music service businesses and festivals. Before law school, he was a television and new media producer.

Based in Ottawa, Byron works with clients across Canada. In Ottawa, he organizes the music professional development series Independent Music Business and was awarded the Impact Award at the inaugural Ottawa Music Awards. He is also a board member of CityFolk, and a member of Music BC and CARAS.


About Edwards Creative Law:

Edwards Creative Law - Canada's Entertainment Law Boutique™

We’re entertainment lawyers who understand the business of creative industries. We guide creators and business professionals as they navigate the legal complexities of working with others—purchasing, financing, creating, licencing, and protecting creative properties, buying and selling creative services.

We act for clients from across Canada and around the world – working in Canada with Canadians. We advise on and structure their commercial transactions, their employment and independent contractor relationships. We incorporate and administer their corporations. And, if necessary, we resolve their disputes.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/distribution-deals-a-guide-for-the-indies-tickets-759918997177?aff=oddtdtcreator

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