Cheryl Slay Carr
Most Recent Book Title
Music Copyright Law
Book Description
Gain an in-depth understanding of a topic that is vital to the success of anyone in or entering the music industry, with MUSIC COPYRIGHT LAW. From songwriters and performers to managers, producers, and agents - everyone is affected by the issues covered in this book. Avoiding the technical jargon and "lawyerspeak" that bogs down other books on the subject, the book explores the world of copyright law and hones in on how it applies to music.
Additional Book Titles
Music Business Careers (in press, release date March 2019)
Location (city/state/country)
Nashville, TN
Author bio
Cheryl Slay Carr, Associate Professor, Author, Attorney, and Vocalist, is Associate Dean of the Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business at Belmont University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, received a Master of Public Administration from Clark-Atlanta University, and earned her Juris Doctor degree from The University of Maryland. Carr began her career with Belmont University in 2008. As a professor, she has taught and designed courses including Copyright Law, Music Industry Contract Law, Legal Issues in the Entertainment Industry, and Diversity in the Entertainment Industry: Understanding the Business of Jazz. She is co-author of the book Music Copyright Law, and a contributing author to ABA-BNA published book Trademark Infringement Remedies. She has published extensively on entertainment industry topics with a focus on business strategy, careers and diversity in the entertainment industry, and recently received a grant to study women on music row. In 2016 she was appointed Associate Dean of the Curb College, where she supports the mission of the college through oversight of its operations and leads the college’s diversity initiatives, strategic planning, curriculum development, and faculty development. Prior to joining Belmont, she worked as an intellectual property/entertainment law attorney, and has over 15 years of experience representing filmmakers, novelists, record companies, musicians, technology companies and visual artists.

Professor Carr’s entertainment industry experience is augmented by 17 years of experience in developing public policy through managing and advising public sector programs. She commenced federal service through the Presidential Management Fellowship program at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under the chairmanship of Justice Clarence Thomas. During her years as a Fellow she also served at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and ultimately worked as Division Director for administrative appeals at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Popular Music Education and for Creative’s Day, a non-profit organization formed in partnership with Nashville’s Office of the Mayor. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Jazz Education Network, the Tennessee Jazz and Blues Society, and Maryland Lawyers for the Arts. She completed the Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers in International and Comparative Intellectual Property, is a Maryland Bar Foundation Fellow, and is an alumna of the 2010 class of Leadership Music. Carr recently debuted Diversity and the Film Industry, a course focusing on issues that combine her public policy and entertainment backgrounds. She has been a performing artist for over 20 years, and released Invocation, an EP of jazz-inspired recordings in 2015.
Professional Speaker Topics
Career Decision-making, Entertainment Industry Careers, Careers in Law; Careers in Higher Education; Diversity in the Entertainment Industry; Leadership; Living Inspired; Law: Entertainment, Copyright, Contract, and Trademark Law.

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