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Capricorn Professional Development Series

Entertainment Law

The Details


April 13, 2024

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Capricorn Sound Studios

536 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Macon, GA 31201

Registration for the 2024 Entertainment Law seminar is live!

Register today for the seminar by submitting the form below. Registration is $99.

2024 Entertainment Law

Upon form submission, you will be redirected to the Entertainment Law event page to purchase your ticket and complete registration.

Meet and hear professionals talk about how to be successful on these topics:

Overview of Entertainment Law



Songwriter/Artist Contracts

Performance Contracts


The Seminar

The Capricorn Professional Development Series brings together industry professionals who, in the unique setting of Capricorn Sound Studios, provide educational resources to artists, music business professionals, students, and others who are looking to expand their skills and knowledge.

The Spring 2024 Professional Development Series program focuses on Entertainment Law, which is a dynamic area of law that draws upon intellectual property, contracts, and labor law.

Our presenters for this day-long seminar have decades of experience in various aspects of entertainment law. Following an introduction to the scope and breadth of entertainment law, the presenters will spotlight critical copyright issues and highlight important trademark concerns. The seminar will also feature elements of a songwriter/artist contract and elements of an entertainment contract for performance. A simulated negotiation will conclude the seminar.

Registration fee for the Entertainment Law Seminar is $99, which includes all sessions and tours of the studio facilities and Capricorn Museum.

The seminar is limited to 80 registrants, so be sure to register today!

The Speakers

Rush Hicks

Rush Hicks

Nashville, Tennessee

No one gets far in the music business without a smart music business attorney, and Rush Hicks has served that role for four decades. A graduate of Mercer Law, Rush operates his law practice in Nashville and has made recording and publishing deals for artists including Kelsea Ballerini, Alan Jackson, Paul Overstreet and more.
Tim Griggs

Tim Griggs

Macon, Georgia

Tim Griggs is an entertainment attorney, educator, and writer/researcher. The Atlanta native began his legal career in Los Angeles and eventually made the move to Nashville before retiring in his home state of Georgia. As an attorney, Griggs represented Grammy Winners, number one songwriters and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers. He taught music industry courses at three different universities. His research has been utilized in several law books and he has been a contributing writer for over a dozen books on entertainment law and popular music.
Vernon Strickland

Vernon Strickland

Newnan, Georgia

Vernon M. Strickland is an accomplished professional with a background in engineering and law. He assists artists, athletes and entertainment companies with contract drafting, creative rights protection and dispute resolution. A former NFL player and Mercer Law graduate, Vernon actively contributes to community development through his involvement in various organizations and has been recognized for his leadership and professional achievements.
Cheshire Rigler

Cheshire Rigler

Nashville, Tennessee

Cheshire Rigler is an entertainment and intellectual property attorney at The Law Firm of J. Rush Hicks, based in Nashville. His legal practice focuses on entertainment, copyright, trademark, patent and business law. Over his career, Cheshire has worked with and advised numerous high-profile and starting artists, musicians, writers, labels, publishers, sponsors, designers, and other creatives, helping them to acquire, draft, and negotiate music industry deals.

The Schedule

8:30 a.m.

Doors open

9 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions by Karen Sneddon, Professor of Law and Dean, Mercer Law School, and Dr. Gary Gerber, Professor and Dean, Townsend School of Music, Mercer University

9:15 a.m.

SESSION 1: What is Entertainment Law? (Rush Hicks and Vernon Strickland)

10 a.m.

SESSION 2: Intellectual Property/Copyright (Tim Griggs)

11 a.m.

SESSION 3: Elements of a Songwriter/Artist Contract for Recording (Cheshire Rigler)



1 p.m.

SESSION 4: Elements of an Entertainment Contract for Performance (Rush Hicks)

2 p.m.

SESSION 5: Trademark Law (Tim Griggs)

3 p.m.

SESSION 6: Simulation of Negotiation for an Artist Recording Contract (Rush Hicks and Cheshire Rigler)

4 p.m.

Closing Remarks

The Venue

Mercer Music at Capricorn

536 Martin Luther King Blvd
Macon, Georgia 31201


Mercer Music at Capricorn is a multi-purpose music venue in downtown Macon whose mission is to leverage Macon’s music heritage to create Macon’s music future.