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Get Your Foot Off Your Own Neck: Better Networking to Avoid Getting Scammed!


Professor Tonya Butler, J.D., LL.M. is Chair of Music Business/Management at Berklee College of Music. She the first woman, and the first person of color, to lead the department in its 30-year history. A seasoned veteran of the music industry, Professor Butler has more than 14 years of expertise as an entertainment attorney and record label executive, as well as 16 years of experience running music business programs and teaching classes in entertainment law. She has a Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law and a Master of Laws in Entertainment and Media from Southwestern University School of Law, with an international component from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, England.

Professor Butler is an award-winning motivational speaker, Toastmaster and author of the self-published career guide, “The Music Business is Corrupt or Maybe You Just Can’t Sing?”, a book about how to take responsibility for your struggling career. She also hosts a bi-weekly podcast called the B.O.M.B. (Business of Music Bootcamp) Podcast, which highlights the business and legal aspects of the music industry using high-profile cases and celebrity disputes.


Professor Butler understands your desire for fame and fortune, but wants you to know that selling your soul to the highest bidder is not your only option. You always have a choice.  Before you can make an informed decision about who to work with, you need someone to educate and empower you on how to recognize, embrace and assert your power. 

 This session is all about how to keep from getting scammed, especially during this age of Covid, when people are desperately in search of ways to make a living with their music.

Open to students and alumni only.