Biography

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A skilled, third generation attorney, Joyce Sydnee Dollinger has around twenty years of experience counseling companies and individuals in the music, events and entertainment media industries in a broad range of transactions. Ms. Dollinger works collaboratively with her clients to maximize return on investment, protect their intellectual property, and generate more revenue from their media assets. She is well-versed in recorded music, music publishing, copyright law, licensing and clearances, merchandising, technology and digital media, and has advised companies, from start-ups to media conglomerates, in these areas. Ever the champion of her clients, Joyce has come to be recognized as a creative problem solver with strong ethics and a generous spirit.

Currently, Ms. Dollinger, a solo practitioner, is currently working with the law firms of Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP and Marc Jacobson, P.C. providing counsel in various areas such as copyright terminations, music publishing, minor contract court approvals, film production, DMCA take down notices and other music and business agreements.

Prior to working with those law firms, Ms. Dollinger worked “of counsel” for fifteen years the AV-rated law practice of Dollinger, Gonski and Grossman providing transactional legal and business consulting services to a myriad array of independent artists, music producers, vocal coaches, booking and management companies and clients such as: Airgo Music, Barry Katz Entertainment, Cyber PR, Dreampatron, The Jammys, Relix Magazine, Whitesmith Entertainment and Zuketunes.

Before entering private practice, Ms. Dollinger enjoyed a successful legal and business career in music. She has worked for major and independent record labels, music publishers and for music and media businesses, where she spearheaded contract administration, managed and cleared intellectual property assets and drafted and negotiated artist and business contracts. These companies include: Arista, BMG Special Products, Island, Motown, Palm Pictures, RykoDisc and Sony Entertainment.

Some career highlights include: assisting on the Grammy nominated Comedy Album, “Happy. And A Lot”, performed by comedian Jay Mohr; reclaiming ownership of music masters for a recording artist by negotiating with a record label; and clearing music rights for (i) the historical Women’s March on Washington Rally on 1/22/2017, (ii) “Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Rock Club”, a documentary based on the iconic music and social activist venue in NYC and (iii) The Jammys, an innovative improvisational music awards show and concert that featured unusual, once-in-a-lifetime cross-genre artist collaborations.

Her experiences in other facets of the music industry give her a panoramic perspective of the business itself. As an entrepreneur, Ms. Dollinger was the creator and co-founder of the concert promotion company that launched Camplified, a first of its kind, age-appropriate, VIP rock concert to captive markets of tweens and teens at summer camps. In addition, she was vice president and in-house counsel for a talent management firm representing recording artists, songwriters and producers and even launched her own record label. Additionally, with a passion for combining music, environmentalism and philanthropy, she works with Wear Your Music, a company that collects and recycles used guitar strings into bracelets for sale and contributes part of its profits to a charity of the musicians’ choice.

Music and law have always intertwined for this multi-faceted attorney. Ms. Dollinger began her journey as a high school intern at Rolling Stone magazine and continued exploring the business while attending Bucknell University, where she produced an outdoor rock concert featuring the Indigo Girls. She also found time to intern at NBC in media relations and the ABC morning show “Good Morning America”. At University of Miami School of Law, Ms. Dollinger worked in the Miami City Attorney’s Office and served as research editor for an international law journal.

Throughout her career, Joyce’s motto has been “Counseling with Head, Heart & Soul”. She takes a personal stake in her professional transactions. “I want the best for my clients. I’m passionate about their work. I bring logic and order to the creative mind so that my clients can focus on sharing their gifts.” A blend of knowledge, loyalty, and integrity drives her practice and she likens her process “to marathon running versus sprinting”. Joyce asserts a sense of accomplishment regarding her effort. “I feel great about the work I do because I’m helping people protect their lives, build their dreams, and get their goals off the ground.”

Enriching her occupational endeavors is her impressive extracurricular and service based industry resume within the entertainment field, and, refreshingly, outside the practice of law. Since 1998, Ms. Dollinger has been affiliated with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The Grammy Awards). She serves on the Executive Committee of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law (EASL) Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) as Co-Chair of Membership and Record Music and helps organize its Annual Music Business and Law Conference, and is a twice-elected Board Member of the New York Chapter of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP). Additionally, she served for four years as the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program Co-Chair and Program Director of an all-day CLE Music Business Law Seminar, originally created and presented by her and her law firm, and later produced and presented by the EASL Section of the NYSBA and the CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival. For two years, Ms. Dollinger was the Sponsorship Chair at the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries. She also served as director of business affairs for Powerhouse Group Inc./Inner Circle which was a conglomerate of young executives from various major record labels providing business networking and social events for music industry taste makers.

Further, Joyce is a frequent guest speaker on topics surrounding copyright and music licensing, careers and artist management. Speaking engagements include: the Practicing Law Institute, NYSBA, New York City Bar, Law School Admission Council and the former annual CMJ Music Marathon. Ms. Dollinger is a former contributing writer for Vocal Mag, Music Dish and the Indie Music Newsletter.

Joyce received her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami and a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Relations and Russian from Bucknell University. She is admitted to practice law in New York and Florida.

Reflecting on the rewards of her work, Joyce says: “Seeing a client start a project and then complete it is the best feeling. I am happy as long as I make my clients happy and protect their creations. I am my clients’ true supporter, cheerleader, their best advocate.”


Some Production Credits:

Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Nightclub (associate producer)
Best of the Jammys, Volume Two (associate producer)
Best of the Jammys, Volume One (associate producer)
Jammys Live: From the Theater at Madison Square Garden (MSG TV – series) (associate producer)