John Branca Entertainment & Corporate Lawyer

John Branca

Entertainment & Corporate Lawyer

About John Contact

Marty Bandier, CEO/Chairman of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, called entertainment attorney John Branca “the #1 publishing lawyer in the country.” Michael Jackson hailed Branca, his longtime business and legal advisor, as “the greatest lawyer of our time.” And client Carlos Santana called him simply “the Shaman.” Branca has been advancing the careers of recording artists and music companies, among others, for more than four decades.

Branca is a partner and head of the music department at the prominent entertainment law firm Ziffren Brittenham LLP where his clients have included more than 30 members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – among them Aerosmith, the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, the Doors, Dr. Dre, Earth, Wind and Fire, ELO, Fleetwood Mac, John Fogerty, Don Henley, Elton John, Nirvana, the estate of Otis Redding, Smokey Robinson, the estate of Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones – sports figures such as Mike Tyson, the comedians Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy, the Sultan of Brunei and the Vatican, independent record labels such as Interscope Records and Rhino Records and industry investors such as JVC, Matsushita and Vivendi.

Still, Michael Jackson burns bright in the John Branca firmament of luminaries. Branca lent his expertise to the King of Pop on and off from 1980 through Jackson’s passing, and since 2009 he and music executive John McClain have served as custodians of the Michael Jackson Estate and brand, initially as co-executors, then additionally as co-managers.

Branca’s attention to Jackson’s interests has taken on near-mythic proportions. The first milestone came in 1983, when Jackson needed $1 million to make what would become the 14-minute “Thriller” video, which was conceived as a way to put the 1982 album “Thriller” back on the top of the charts. As Jackson recalled in “Moonwalk,” his autobiography: “John came up with a great idea. He suggested we make a separate video, financed by somebody else, about the making of the ‘Thriller’ video. It seemed odd that no one had ever done this before.” Branca raised the funds by selling rights to MTV, Showtime and a home video company. The result was the 60-minute documentary “Making Michael Jackson’s Thriller.”

“Michael Jackson’s Thriller” is the official title of the “Thriller” video. A bona fide pop-cultural phenomenon, it has sold upwards of 10 million copies and is the only music video to be inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. The album “Thriller,” meanwhile, is the best-selling album of all time, with 103 million copies sold.

Branca’s “Making Michael Jackson’s Thriller” gambit nonetheless pales in comparison to what came next: his negotiation, in 1985, of the $47.5 million purchase of ATV Music Publishing, home to the Lennon-McCartney catalog; the 1995 partnership deal with Sony that created Sony/ATV Music and netted Jackson $110 million at the time; the license to Sony, upon Jackson’s death, of future music rights for $250 million in what remains the biggest record deal in history; and the $2.2 billion acquisition by Sony of EMI Music Publishing in 2013, which created the biggest music publishing conglomerate in history.

When Branca appeared on “60 Minutes” in 2013, host Lara Logan summarized his and McClain’s guidance of the estate as “the most remarkable financial and image resurrection in pop-culture history.” And that was before the 2016 sale of Jackson’s EMI-fattened stake in his partnership with Sony/ATV – a $750 million bonanza.

“Our investment banker analyzed Michael’s return on the Sony/ATV investment,” Billboard quoted Branca as saying in 2016, “and concluded that it averaged in excess of 30 percent per annum from inception in 1985 to sale.” And that did not include the July 2018 purchase of the Estate’s share in EMI, about which Billboard concluded, “The Jackson estate held a 9.84% interest in EMI which means that without putting up any money in the deal, by virtue of its stake in Sony/ATV, the Jackson estate received $287.5 million, not a bad return on a zero dollar investment.”

Branca is also chairman of The Michael Jackson Company – which in 2009 coproduced the film “This Is It,” the highest-grossing concert film of all time, with gross revenue in excess of $500 million – and Optimum Productions, producer of the animated “Michael Jackson’s Halloween,” a 2017 CBS prime-time special, and “Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D,” which debuted in 2017 at the Venice Film Festival. He also was a producer of the Spike Lee movies “Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall” and “Bad 25”.

In another inspired move, Branca initiated a partnership for the Estate with Cirque du Soleil, of which Jackson had been a devoted fan. Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour” ran from 2011-2014, closing as one of the Top 10 highest-grossing tours ever. “Michael Jackson ONE” has resided in Las Vegas breaking box office records at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino since 2013.

At the time of his passing, Jackson was roughly $500 million in debt; in just under seven years, Branca’s shrewd supervision of his assets put the Michael Jackson Estate $500 million in the black. It was the billion-dollar turnaround heard round the world.

John Branca Sr. (John’s father) was a promising high-school baseball player who later became the New York State Athletic Commissioner and a New York assemblyman. (John’s uncle, the legendary Ralph Branca featured in the movie “42”, pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers and was a teammate and lifelong friend of Jackie Robinson.) John’s mother, dancer/singer/actress Barbara Werle, whose credits include two Elvis Presley movies, had relocated to L.A. when John was four after she and John’s father divorced. John joined his mother on the west coast when he turned 11.

He started his first band at 13, playing keyboards and guitar and writing songs. This was two years after arriving in L.A. from Mt. Vernon, N.Y., where he’d been living with his father and buying a 7-inch 45 rpm record every Saturday with his weekly allowance.

When he was 16, John’s band scored a record deal – the act’s profile had been raised by gigs opening for the Doors, including a show at the famed Whisky a Go Go. His studies suffered, however, and when the band failed to catch fire, his mother insisted he either commit to high school or get a job. He chose the former but later opted for a third route.

As recounted by Southern California Super Lawyers in 2006: “One day Branca marched into the principal’s office and announced, ‘I’m done.’ And, amazingly, the principal let him go and let him graduate. ‘It was perhaps an indication of early negotiating skills,’ Branca says, ‘since I accurately read the principal’s capacity for aggravation (limited) and real motivation, for tuition.”

The barrister-to-be then enrolled in Los Angeles City College, where he majored in music but determined that, as he put it, “I had inherited my mother’s athletic ability and my father’s musical skills.” So he transferred to Occidental College, graduating cum laude and with honors, earning a degree in political science, then entered UCLA School of Law. He was editor-in-chief of one of the law reviews there and earned his J.D. in 1975.

Branca actually began his career in estate law, the legal field having become a viable career option after rock stardom didn’t pan out. Estate planning (with the firm Kindel & Anderson) gave way to entertainment law after Branca experienced a lightbulb moment while reading an article in Time Magazine about Elton John that highlighted the star’s representation in legal negotiations. (Branca would later represent John and, among other things, handle John’s agreement to write music for “The Lion King.”)

By the age of 27, Branca had joined the firm of Hardee Barovick Konecky and begun negotiating tours, with Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, George Harrison and Neil Diamond among his first artist clients.

Touring would also be the setting for one of Branca’s most notable innovations. When the Rolling Stones were preparing their 1989 “Steel Wheels” tour, Branca gave control of sponsorships, venues, ticket sales and merchandise to a single concert promoter, departing from the tradition of local promoters handling each city. This would make the tour significantly easier to organize, which meant venues could be determined earlier and tickets sold sooner. This scheme has since become the model for major concert tours.

In 1980, Branca found himself working on the Michael Jackson account. He and the artist had an immediate rapport, with Jackson even wondering if they’d met before.

Calling Branca one of his “closest and most valued advisors,” Jackson recounts in “Moonwalk”: “John had been working with me ever since the Off the Wall days; in fact, he even helped me out by donning many hats and functioning in several capacities when I had no manager after Thriller was released. He’s one of those extremely talented, capable men who can do anything.” When Branca married his first wife, Jackson was his best man. (Little Richard officiated; David Lee Roth threw the bachelor party.)

In 1981, Branca joined Ziffren Brittenham, where he continued his association with the King of Pop and maintained relationships with record labels, publishing companies and music executives. He made headlines when he sold Berry Gordy’s Jobete music publishing company (the “Motown catalog”) for a record breaking valuation multiple. He made further headlines when he sold the Leiber & Stoller catalog for yet another valuation record, and also the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. He likewise gained recognition for advising both Matsushita and Vivendi on the acquisition of Universal Music. He has advised numerous independent labels, including Death Row Records, Rhino Records, and the groundbreaking Interscope Records which he represented during its formation and subsequent very lucrative sale. In addition, he guided Carlos Santana to reunite with Clive Davis leading to the “Supernatural” album which sold in excess of 25 million copies worldwide, and is the only album along with “Thriller” to garner eight Grammy awards. During this period, Branca and his firm also represented such mega-selling acts as the Backstreet Boys, Celine Dion, TLC, and Usher, among others, and established a trend of mega artist deals for clients including Michael Jackson, Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, ZZ Top, and Don Henley, among others.

Branca has represented notable music industry investors including Richard Branson, Ron Perelman (MacAndrews & Forbes), Apollo Advisors, Boston Ventures, Vivendi, Matsushita, JVC, Marvin Davis, Walt Disney, Inc, Dick Clark Productions, Safeguard Scientifics, Authentic Brands Groups, and others. Recently, Branca completed a record distribution deal for the Bee Gees catalog with Capitol, secured a publishing-administration deal for Barry Gibb and produced a prime-time special Grammy tribute to the Bee Gees. Additionally he has negotiated various signature agreements for Enrique Iglesias, Lil Pump and the Elvis Presley estate.

Branca’s career has not been strictly about dealmaking, however. He is chairman emeritus of MusiCares, the Recording Academy charity whose mission is to provide “a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need.” Billboard related in 2016: “Branca cites the organization’s largest undertaking as the most inspiring: ‘During Hurricane Katrina, musicians in New Orleans lost their instruments and the ability to make a living.’ MusiCares immediately pledged $1 million in aid for Katrina and, as [Recording Academy president Neil] Portnow proudly notes, ‘We were there before FEMA.’”

Branca has also been involved in MusiCares because it is a source of help and hope for musicians struggling with substance abuse. In 1992, he was instrumental in the formation of the Musicians’ Assistance Program, which was acquired by MusiCares in 2004. He’s on the Board of Trustees of Occidental College and the Board of the UCLA Law School Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law, and he’s acted as a fundraiser for UCLA Athletics.

But Branca has served artists throughout his career primarily by making them money, in some cases as an expert on copyright law and royalty recovery – helping Don Henley regain ownership of his Eagles copyrights, John Fogerty attain a royalty on Creedence Clearwater Revival, and the Beach Boys and the Doors obtain increases on catalog royalties – but mostly, as legendary Motown Records founder Berry Gordy called him, “the Smokey Robinson of dealmaking.”

Even so, as he told the L.A. Business Journal in 2017: “For somebody who is interested first and foremost in making money … you would probably go up to Silicon Valley. But for me, my motivation is that I love music … Growing up, if you had told me I could represent … Brian Wilson, Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson, I would have said, how much do I have to pay to do that? To even meet [them] would have been enough.”

AREAS OF SPECIALTY

  • Artist Representation
  • Artist Re-Branding
  • Asset Acquisitions and Sales
  • Corporate Investment Strategies
  • Estate Representation
  • Live Performance and Touring
  • Music Publishing
  • Royalty Recovery and Copyright Law

Education

  • AA in Philosophy, Los Angeles City College 1970
  • AB Political Science, Occidental College, Cum Laude with honors 1972
  • JD UCLA School of Law, 1975

Awards & Accolades

(Partial List)

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating

Best Lawyers in America (every edition 1987-2018)

Lawyers.com Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television and Entertainment Law- Music

Best Lawyers in the World

Billboard Magazine Top Lawyers List

Hollywood Reporter Power Lawyers List

Variety Magazine Power List

LA Business Journal Los Angeles 500: LA’s Most Influential People

Alumnus of the Year UCLA Law School

Alumnus of the Year Occidental College

Alumnus of the Year Los Angeles City College

American Lawyer Magazine Lawyer of the Year

Billboard Magazine Lawyer of the Year

Grammy Foundation Entertainment Law Initiative Service Award

Musician’s Assistant Program Honoree of the Year

Marquis Who’s Who #1 Music Attorney in the World

Who’s Who in America

Who’s Who in the World

Who’s Who in Business

Who’s Who in Entertainment

Who’s Who in Law

Billboard Magazine Touring, Conference & Awards Creative Content Award for Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour

Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

Expert Guides List Leading Lawyers

Acquisition International List Leading Corporate Entertainment Lawyers

Southern California Super Lawyers List

Editor-in-Chief, UCLA – Alaska Law Review

American Jurisprudence Award (Estate Planning)

Lawdragon Hall of Fame – 500 Leading Lawyers in America

Community Involvement

(Partial List)

Grammy Museum Board of Trustees

Occidental College Board of Trustees

Ziffren Center at UCLA Law School Advisory Board

Chair Emeritus of MusicCares and Chairman of the Capital Campaign

Occidental College Obama Scholars Advisory Council

Musicians Assistance Program founding member

UCLA/Pauley Pavilion Renovation Campaign Committee

Guest lecturer Stanford University, UCLA Law School, USC Law School, Occidental College, Los Angeles City College among others

Charities Mr. Branca and His Firm Supports

(Partial List)

ACLU

The Anti-Defamation League

Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Campbell Hall School

Church of the Good Shepherd

City of Hope

Club 42 – an integrated youth baseball league

Conservation International

Environmental Defense Fulfillment Fund

Grammy Museum

Habitat for Humanity

HELP Group

Last Chance for Animals

Los Angeles City College

L.A. Free Clinic

Milagro Foundation

MusiCares

Musicians Assistance Program

The National Resources Defense Council

Neil Bogart Memorial Foundation

Occidental College

Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation

Rape Foundation

Semper Fi

Sierra Canyon

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

TJ Martell Foundation

UCLA Foundation

UCLA Law School

UCLA Pauley Pavilion Renovation Campaign

UCLA Law School Ziffren Center

Creative and Production

Co-Manager of the Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour.

Executive Producer of Michael Jackson’s This is It, the most successful concert film in history.

Executive Producer of Cirque Du Soleil’s Michael Jackson IMMORTAL World Tour, the #1 grossing tour in North America, 2011-2012.

Executive Producer Michael Jackson ONE, a permanent show at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay

Executive Producer Michael Jackson’s Halloween, a CBS animated special

Executive Producer Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall

Executive Producer Michael Jackson’s BAD 25

President of Optimum Productions and producer of Thriller 3D, which premiered at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals.

Producer, Michael Jackson Live at Wembley

Producer, The Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller

Producer, The Doors: When You're Strange

Producer, Michael Jackson: From Motown to Your Town

Producer, The Doors: Live at the Hollywood Bowl

Producer, The Doors: Dance on Fire

Producer, Metropolis (1984 restoration)

PRESERVING THE LEGACY OF MICHAEL JACKSON

Following in Michael's footsteps, the co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson, John Branca and John McClain, continue to produce artistically exceptional and enormously successful ventures resulting in, as reported on 60 Minutes, “the most remarkable financial and image resurrection in pop-culture history.”

Upon release, Michael Jackson's This is It became the highest grossing music documentary of all time. In 2010, Branca negotiated a Sony recording deal which is credited as the largest record deal in history, involving the release of 10 CDs over time, some of which will contain previously unreleased recordings as well as reissues. The agreement was extended in 2018 as The Estate and Sony find new and innovative ways to Make Michael’s music available to future generations of fans.

A history making touring show produced in partnership with Cirque du Soleil, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, played four continents, 157 cities, was seen by 3.7 million fans and became the #8 top grossing tour of all time. The second venture between the Estate and Cirque du Soleil, the critically acclaimed Michael Jackson ONE, a permanent show at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, gave Cirque its biggest opening ever in Las Vegas and continues to be one of the top shows in the city.

In 2014, The Estate astounded the world with the technical wizardry of a ‘virtual Michael Jackson' performance during the Billboard Music Awards, which gave the show its biggest ratings in years and became the topic of conversation worldwide. That same year, Xscape, the second posthumous release of previously unreleased music by Michael Jackson, was released and became one of the top selling albums of 2014. In 2015, Thriller became the first album in RIAA Gold & Platinum Program history to be certified 30X multi-Platinum for U.S. sales, continuing The King of Pop's reign as the biggest selling artist of all time with worldwide sales of over 103 million for Thriller and 1 billion overall.

In 2016, the Estate released the documentary MICHAEL JACKSON's Journey From Motown To Off The Wall, directed by Spike Lee. The documentary made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2016, and its subsequent broadcast on SHOWTIME® became the channel's highest rated music documentary of all time and its second highest rated documentary ever. Last year the Estate premiered Thriller 3D at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival and in October its animated special Michael Jackson’s Halloween made its debut on the CBS Television Network.

Personal

John’s mother was Barbara Werle, a Harvest Moon Ball winner who danced on the Ed Sullivan Show.

John’s father, the Honorable John R Branca, served as the Mt. Vernon, NY Recreation Commissioner. He was a New York State Assemblyman from 1980-1984, and thereafter Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission. A star pitcher for AB Davis High School in Mt. Vernon, he was undefeated during his high school varsity career and pitched two no-hitters. In his senior year, he was named the New York State Player of the Year, and lead AB Davis to the New York State Championship at Mt. Vernon Edison High School. As Recreation Commissioner, his recreation programs, and his programs specially designed for the handicapped, the disabled, and the elderly, were innovative and were cited by President Kennedy as a model for other communities. As New York State Athletic Commissioner, he brought championship boxing back to Madison Square Garden and instituted national reforms.

John’s uncle, baseball great Ralph Branca, was a 3-time All Star starting pitcher for the Brooklyn dodgers and pitched in two World Series. He was a team mate and close friend of Jackie Robinson, and stood up for Robinson when he first joined the team. Branca appeared in the film ”42” and serviced as an advisor.

John is the father of Jessica Branca, John Conor Branca and Dylan Gregory Branca. All share their father’s love of music and sports.

John is married to Jenna Branca.

Clients

ABDUL-JABBAR, KAREEM
AEROSMITH**
ALAN PARSONS PROJECT
AMERICAN RECORDINGS (RICK RUBIN)
AMOS, TORI
ANKA, PAUL
ANTIN, ROBIN (PUSSYCAT DOLLS)
APOLLO ADVISORS
ATKINS, JEFFREY (P/K/A JA RULE)
AUTHENTIC BRANDS GROUP
AVEX D.D., INC.
BACH, SEBASTIAN (SKID ROW)
BACKSTREET BOYS, THE
BANDIER, MARTY / CHARLES KOPPELMAN
BEACH BOYS, THE**
BEATLES NORTHERN SONGS CATALOG**
BEE GEES, THE**
BLACK CROWES, THE
BLAINE, DAVID
BOCELLI, ANDREA
BOSTON VENTURES
BRANSON, RICHARD / VIRGIN RECORDS
BRUNEI, SULTAN OF
CANNELL, STEPHEN, PRODUCTIONS
CAREY, MARIAH
CAVALLO/RUFFALO MANAGEMENT
CETERA, PETER (CHICAGO)**
CHILD, DESMOND
COBAIN, KURT – THE END OF MUSIC, LLC (ESTATE OF KURT COBAIN)**
CONCEPCION, MIKE
COPPERFIELD, DAVID
CORNELL, CHRIS (SOUNDGARDEN, AUDIOSLAVE)
COWELL, SIMON / SYCO MUSIC
CROSBY, DAVID**
CROSBY, STILLS & NASH**
CULT, THE
D’ARBY, TERENCE TRENT
DAMN YANKEES
DEATH ROW RECORDS
DeBARGE
DELICIOUS VINYL
DENSMORE, JOHN**
DICK CLARK**
DIAMOND, NEIL**
DOORS, THE**
DR. DRE**
DURAN DURAN
DURST, FRED
DYLAN, BOB**
EAGLES, THE**
EARTH, WIND & FIRE**
EHRLICH, KEN (THE GRAMMYS)
ELO**
EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING – (SONY CORPORATION / MUBADALA)
EMUSIC.COM
EPITAPH RECORDS
FAGEN, DONALD**
FALTERMEYER, HAROLD
FIFIELD, JAMES (EMI)
FIRM, THE / JEFF KWATINETZ
FLEETWOOD MAC**
FLEETWOOD, MICK**
FOGELBERG, DAN
FOGERTY, JOHN / CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL**
FORBES MAGAZINE
FORD, LITA
FUGEES, THE
FUJISANKEI
GABRIEL, PETER**

GENERAL MEDIA INC. (BOB GUCCIONE / PENTHOUSE MAGAZINE)
GIANT RECORDS / IRVING AZOFF
GIBB, BARRY**
GORDY, BERRY**
GUERINOT, JIM / REBEL WALTZ
HAM, BILL
HARRISON, GEORGE**
HENLEY, DON**
HIATT, JOHN
HILBURN, ROBERT
HILL, LAUREN
HINDER
HOFFS, SUSANNA (THE BANGLES)
HUTCHENCE, MICHAEL, ESTATE OF (INXS)
IGLESIAS, ENRIQUE
INCUBUS
INTERSCOPE RECORDS
ISLEY, RON**
ISAAK, CHRIS
JACK MACK & THE HEART ATTACK
JACKSON, MICHAEL**
JACKSON FIVE, THE**
JAGGER, MICK**
JEFF WALD ENTERTAINMENT
JOBETE MUSIC, INC. (MOTOWN CATALOGUE)
JOHN, ELTON**
JOHNSON, DON
JOPLIN, JANIS, ESTATE OF**
JVC
KALODNER, JOHN
KAT VON D
KAUFMAN, HOWARD / HK MANAGEMENT
KEYS, ALICIA
KHAYAT, NADIR (P/K/A REDONE)
KNIGHT, HOLLY
KOMURO, TETSUYA (“TK”)
KORN
LEE, TOMMY
LEIBER/STOLLER SONGS, INC.**
LENNON, JULIAN
LIL PUMP
LIMP BIZKIT
LOPES, LISA
LOUD RECORDS / STEVE RIFKIN
LOVE, COURTNEY
LYNNE, JEFF**
MACANDREWS & FORBES HOLDINGS, INC. (RON PERELMAN)
MAINMAN/TONY DEFRIES
MANDALAY ENTERTANMENT
MATCHBOX 20
MATSHUSITA INC.
MCI
McCOO, MARILYN & BILLY DAVIS, JR.
McINTYRE, REBA
McKNIGHT, BRIAN
MEGADETH
MIGUEL, LUIS
MILLI VANILLI
MORISSETTE, ALANIS
MORODER, GIORGIO
MORRISON, VAN**
MOTOWN PRODUCTIONS
MP3.COM, INC.
MURDER, INC. / IRV GOTTI
MURPHY, EDDIE
MUSICARES
MUSICIANS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
NEIL, VINCE (MOTLEY CRUE)
NICKELBACK
NICKS, STEVIE**
NIRVANA**
OCCIDENTAL COLLEGE
O’NEAL, SHAQUILLE OSEARY, GUY (MAVERICK RECORDS)
PASTORIUS, JACO
PET SHOP BOYS
PLAYBOY ENTERPRISES
POISON
PONY CANYON, INC.
PRESLEY, ELVIS, ESTATE OF**
PRESLEY, PRISCILLA
PRIMARY WAVE MUSIC PUBLISHING
PRUDENTIAL SECURITIES
PRYOR, RICHARD
REDDING, OTIS, ESTATE OF**
RHINO RECORDS
RICHARD RODGERS FAMILY TRUST, THE
ROBERTSON, ROBBIE / THE BAND**
ROBINSON, SMOKEY**
RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN ORGANIZATION, THE
ROLLING STONES, THE**
ROSA, ROBI
ROSSUM, EMMY
ROTH, DAVID LEE**
RUBIN, RICK
SABAN, HAIM
SAFEGUARD SCIENTIFICS
SANTANA, CARLOS**
SBK ENTERTAINMENT WORLD
SCHEFF, JASON (CHICAGO)
SCHUR, JORDAN / SURETONE RECORDS
SEAL
SEALS & CROFTS
SEDAKA, NEIL
SEX PISTOLS, THE**
SHAKIRA
SHAW, TOMMY (STYX)
SHORTER, WAYNE
SIR MIX-A-LOT
SLASH (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER)**
SNAPCHAT, INC
SO SO DEF / JERMAINE DUPRI
SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING
SOUNDSTAGE / JOE THOMAS
STAIND
STEELY DAN**
STILLS, STEPHEN**
STRANG, CAMERON (WARNER MUSIC GROUP)
SULLIVAN, FRANKIE (SURVIVOR)
SWID, STEPHEN
SYLVERS JR., LEON
TAUPIN, BERNIE
TAYLOR, JAYCEON (P/K/A THE GAME)
THORN/EMI
TIMBERLAKE, JUSTIN
TLC
TONY! TONI! TONE!/RAPHAEL SAADIQ
TRAVELING WILBURYS
TYGA
TYLER, STEVEN (AEROSMITH)**
TYSON, MIKE
UCLA FOUNDATION
USHER
VIVENDI
VMI-VICTOR MUSICAL INDUSTRIES
WALT DISNEY, INC.
WEATHER REPORT
WEEZER
WHITE, MAURICE**
WILSON, BRIAN**
WATERS, MUDDY, ESTATE OF**
YAMAHA
YOAKAM, DWIGHT
YOSHIKI (“X”)
ZAWINUL, JOE
ZEVON, WARREN
ZZ TOP**