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We work with professionals, companies, entrepreneurs and non-profits who want to raise awareness that develops relationships for their business. Unlike traditional marketing, public relations or development companies, our firm specializes in communicating the value to influence action through a unique balance of positioning, relationship marketing, strategic and event-related fundraising, special events, sponsorship, partnerships and cultural marketing techniques. We work with small companies as their only marketing team and we work with larger companies that have existing marketing teams. We know the right people - civic, social, entertainment, philanthropic, technology, financial, hospitality and media influencers - and we make sure they know you.

We work with professionals, companies, entrepreneurs and non-profits who want to raise awareness that develops relationships for their business. Unlike traditional marketing, public relations or development companies, our firm specializes in communicating the value to influence action through a unique balance of positioning, relationship marketing, strategic and event-related fundraising, special events, sponsorship, partnerships and cultural marketing techniques. We work with small companies as their only marketing team and we work with larger companies that have existing marketing teams. We know the right people - civic, social, entertainment, philanthropic, technology, financial, hospitality and media influencers - and we make sure they know you.

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"Cyclists, including Tomaka, love Grady, which has one of the busiest Level 1 trauma centers in the country. Atlanta’s c...
06/09/2019

"Cyclists, including Tomaka, love Grady, which has one of the busiest Level 1 trauma centers in the country. Atlanta’s cycling community demonstrated that love a year ago, joining forces to launch the first VeloCity charity ride, raising $300,000 for Grady, the largest hospital in the state of Georgia and the most significant public hospital in Atlanta."
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Thanks, Atlanta Business Chronicle for sharing! "Grady Health Foundation hosted a reception on April 2 to preview its se...
06/09/2019

Thanks, Atlanta Business Chronicle for sharing! "Grady Health Foundation hosted a reception on April 2 to preview its second annual VeloCity Atlanta cycling fundraiser that's scheduled for May 4 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium."

The event includes multiple rides of various distances. All rides start and end at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in downtown...
06/09/2019
Kicking it into high gear

The event includes multiple rides of various distances. All rides start and end at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta.

There are rides of 100 miles, 62 miles and 25 miles, and there is also a 5.8-mile “city ride” on blocked-off streets downtown. (You can see the routes at velocityatlanta.com.) All rides are supported by “SAG” wagons, and offer rest breaks, hydration and portable toilets.

At the end of the road is an all-day festival back at the stadium’s Home Depot Backyard, with a kids zone, food, adult beverages and live music from the ATL Collective.

In addition to the outdoor rides, there will be indoor cycling classes at the Home Depot Backyard.

“There are two big goals to it,” said Joselyn Baker, president of the Grady Health Foundation, which is the fundraising arm of the nonprofit hospital. “One is to create a new opportunity for financial support and community engagement with Grady. But also to celebrate the city and bring a new major sporting event to Atlanta. We are hoping it becomes a part of the sports fabric of the city over time.”

Thanks, AJC & Bo Emerson for sharing!

https://www.ajc.com/events/kicking-into-high-gear/UG31ivDGiLvoKxjhDY1ftN/

Organizers of VeloCity, a May 4 cycling fundraiser in Atlanta to benefit Grady Memorial, hope to draw 1,500-2,000 participants

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06/08/2019

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FRENCH CONNECTION -- In a Q&A at Midem , power lawyer Joel Katz interviewed global music ambassador Efe Ogbeni for a ses...
06/08/2019

FRENCH CONNECTION -- In a Q&A at Midem , power lawyer Joel Katz interviewed global music ambassador Efe Ogbeni for a session on "The Impact of African Culture & Music Around the World."

Ogbeni, manager to global giants Davido and Tiwa Savage, may be more qualified than anyone to discuss the future of African music in the streaming landscape. And dig those bold red socks.

Joel, meanwhile, went boldly sockless.

Stay tuned for more hard-hitting coverage from Cannes."

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http://m.hitsdailydouble.com/news&id=316698&title=FRENCH-CONNECTION

Thanks Billboard & #melindanewman for sharing with your readers!"Joel Katz is widely known as one of the top attorneys i...
06/08/2019

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"Joel Katz is widely known as one of the top attorneys in the entertainment industry. As it turns out, the founding chairman of the global entertainment and media practice at Greenberg Traurig also officiates weddings -- including marrying Sandbox Entertainment founder Jason Owen and his husband, Sam Easley. "I do a great wedding," says Katz. "Believe me, you'd cry."

It's a wonder that Katz, who starts his day at 5:30 a.m., has time to handle nuptials, given that he represents many of the top executives in the music business, as well as The Recording Academy, Antonio "L.A." Reid's Hitco, the Chinese conglomerate Alibaba and the Michael Jackson estate, for which he is co-general counsel. In 2018, he took 47 trips, roughly 25 percent of them out of the country, and brokered a 10-year, $250 million deal with Univision for the Latin Recording Academy. He continues to serve as chairman of the board for the T.J. Martell Foundation and, in one of the most talked-about deals of 2018, negotiated longtime client Jon Platt's deal to exit Warner/Chappell Music to become chairman/CEO at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, a role Platt will assume on April 2.

The Atlanta-based Katz, 74, grew up in the Bronx, but headed south to attend the University of Tennessee Law School on a scholarship while working nights at a Holiday Inn. (The law library at UT now bears his name.) The divorced father of two settled in Atlanta, but makes frequent trips to Nashville, Los Angeles and New York. He spoke to Billboard about his recent successes, the record industry's return to prosperity and his future plans.

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https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8498657/joel-katz-interview-greenberg-traurig-photos

Thanks, HITSDailyDouble for sharing this with your readers!!"Strangely enough,” Katz noted, “my first client in my whole...
06/08/2019

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"Strangely enough,” Katz noted, “my first client in my whole career as a lawyer was James Brown, who I represented off-and-on for about 40 years until he died. Securing him as a client was a story of insanity and silliness, but he and I became very close friends. He always used to tell people, ‘I started Joel Katz off. I was his first client.’”

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"Chairman of the T.J. Martell Foundation National Board of Trustees Joel Katz of Greenberg Taurig, opened the night by r...
06/08/2019
HITS Daily Double : Rumor Mill - T.J. MARTELL HONORS UMG'S HARLESTON

"Chairman of the T.J. Martell Foundation National Board of Trustees Joel Katz of Greenberg Taurig, opened the night by reminding guests about the critical mission of the Foundation, which has raised more $280m for research."

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http://m.hitsdailydouble.com/news&id=313847

From left, honoree Jeffrey Harleston, UMG’s Michele Anthony and Celine Joshua and New York Honors Gala host Bill Bellamy huddle for a good cause, hoping against hope that this photo...

Thanks @billboard for including!!JOEL KATZ, 74Founding chairman, global entertainment and media practice; founding membe...
06/08/2019
Revealed: Billboard's 2018 Top Music Lawyers Led By Universal's Jeffrey Harleston

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JOEL KATZ, 74
Founding chairman, global entertainment and media practice; founding member of the Atlanta office; Greenberg Traurig; University of Tennessee College of Law

Katz (right) with George Strait in 2017.

After female senior executives in the music industry charged that The Recording Academy was “woefully out of touch” in how it dealt with gender issues, among other concerns, Katz aided efforts to establish the academy’s task force to address diversity and female inclusion in the music business -- and the academy’s subsequent search for a new president/CEO to succeed Neil Portnow. Rosenbloum and Katz also helped The Latin Record Academy secure a new, 10-year TV contract with Univision, reportedly valued at over $250 million.

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https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/magazine-feature/8480478/billboard-2018-top-music-lawyers-list

Through licensing, lobbying and litigating, these 93 attorneys’ moves drive the music industry, led by the top counsel at the largest global music company, who declares: “We’re in a new world.”

Thanks @billboard for sharing!!"The music industry is very charitable," says attorney Joel Katz, who was named chairman ...
06/08/2019
October's City of Hope and TJ Martell Events See Fundraising Climb As Music Industry Booms

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"The music industry is very charitable," says attorney Joel Katz, who was named chairman of the foundation after the 2016 death of longtime client Martell."

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https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8480807/city-hope-tj-martell-events-fundraising-music-industry-boom

On Oct. 11 in Santa Monica, Calif., City of Hope honored outgoing Warner/Chappell Music chairman/CEO Jon Platt with its Spirit of Life Award. With help from Beyoncé, who performed, and Jay-Z, who presented Platt with his award, the evening raised $6.1 million for the world-renowned Duarte, Calif.-b...

Thanks @hitsdailydouble for sharing with your readers!!Wednesday, February 27, 2019A TASTE OF RAINMAKERS: JOEL KATZAfter...
06/08/2019
HITS Daily Double : Rumor Mill - A TASTE OF RAINMAKERS: JOEL KATZ

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

A TASTE OF RAINMAKERS: JOEL KATZ

After graduating from New York City’s Hunter College with an economics degree in 1966, Queens native Katz arrived in Knoxville and began working toward a law degree at the University of Tennessee. In order to help with his college expenses, he got a part-time job in the college library and a fulltime job as a night clerk at a nearby Holiday Inn, working from 6pm till 6am, six days a week. That meant he was only getting a couple hours sleep, and he frequently arrived late for his first class, the study of contracts.

His professor, Joel told an interviewer from UT’s Tennessee Lawmagazine in 2016, “was a very prim and proper military guy, and he had a rule that if you were late three times, you got an automatic F.” After his third tardiness, the prof asked him about the cause of his lateness, and Joel told him about the all-night hotel job. “He said to me, ‘You’re not going to get an F in my class, son. You want to be a lawyer more than anybody else in this damn law school. You’re going to be a great lawyer, so I’m not going to flunk you out.’”

Three years later, sporting a law degree and a full head of hair, Katz headed to Atlanta, simultaneously taking jobs at HUD, then-brand-new Georgia State University and a small law firm before hanging out his own shingle, renting a one-room office and sharing a secretary with three other lawyers. “I opened my office with no clients,” he recalled. “The first week, there were no calls. The second week, no calls except from my wife. The third week, no calls.” On the fourth week, he got a call from the banker of a prominent Georgian, putting his career in motion.

“Strangely enough,” Katz noted, “my first client in my whole career as a lawyer was James Brown, who I represented off-and-on for about 40 years until he died. Securing him as a client was a story of insanity and silliness, but he and I became very close friends. He always used to tell people, ‘I started Joel Katz off. I was his first client.’”

Katz’s first job for Brown was negotiating a record deal with PolyGram in 1971. “He said he wanted a $5 million advance against royalties, he wanted a jet plane and he wanted to own the master recordings and the publishing rights,” Katz explained. “I went through the list with the [PolyGram lawyer], and he looks at me and says, ‘Are you completely out of your mind? This is the stupidest, craziest, most egregious list of things I’ve ever heard in my career.’ I knew at that moment why Mr. Brown—I always called him that, never James—had hired me: because no lawyer who knew anything about this business would ever go in and ask for the things he wanted.”

They negotiated nonetheless and agreed on the terms of a deal. “We got use of a plane and less than $5 million, but it was in the millions,” Katz told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “That was a lot of money back then. James was amazed.

“At the end of the press conference announcing that the record company had just signed James, he said, ‘I want to thank my lawyer from Atlanta, Joel Katz, who is the best lawyer in the entertainment business and just did one of the best contracts that has ever been done in the business.’ Afterward, he gave me an envelope with $50,000. It was three times more than I had ever made in a year. I’m thinking this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.

“Three days after the press conference, I got a call from Austin, Texas, from a guy wanting to know if I was the ‘Godfather of Soul’s lawyer.’ It was Willie Nelson, and he wanted me to represent him. I’m thinking, wow! I went to meet with him and he introduced me in one night to George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. Willie said to them, ‘This guy is going to be your lawyer.’”

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http://m.hitsdailydouble.com/news&id=315427

After graduating from New York City’s Hunter College with an economics degree in 1966, Queens native Katz arrived in Knoxville and began working toward a law degree at the University of...

Thanks @billboard for sharing!JOEL KATZ, 74Founding chairman of the global entertainment and media practice, Greenberg T...
06/08/2019
No. 52: Joel Katz | Power 100

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JOEL KATZ, 74

Founding chairman of the global entertainment and media practice, Greenberg Traurig
RAISED $2 MILLION IN ONE NIGHT: Highlights from the A-list entertainment lawyer's year included brokering a deal valued at upwards of $250 million for the Latin Grammys to remain on Univision through 2028, negotiating Jon Platt's move to Sony/ATV (see cover story, page 66) and helping to set up the capital structure for Hitco Entertainment, the music/content company recently formed by ex-Epic Records chief Antonio "L.A." Reid and music-business veteran Charles Goldstuck. Katz, who chairs the T.J. Martell Foundation, also helped set a fundraising record for the cancer research nonprofit: over $2 million in one night.
FORGET POWER SUITS, HE WEARS POWER... "Sport jackets, T-shirts and jeans -- to make people comfortable so they'll speak openly."

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https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8496972/no-52-joel-katz-power-100

BUSINESS No. 52: Joel Katz | Power 100 2/7/2019 by Billboard Staff FACEBOOK TWITTER EMAIL ME JOEL KATZ, 74Founding chairman of the global entertainment and media practice, Greenberg TraurigRAISED $2 MILLION IN ONE NIGHT: Highlights from the A-list entertainment lawyer's year included brokering a dea...

Thanks @billboard for sharing!!"Joel Katz is widely known as one of the top attorneys in the entertainment industry. As ...
06/08/2019
A-List Lawyer Joel Katz Talks James Brown, Negotiating for Jon Platt and Why Labels Are Adding Moral Clauses for Execs

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"Joel Katz is widely known as one of the top attorneys in the entertainment industry. As it turns out, the founding chairman of the global entertainment and media practice at Greenberg Traurig also officiates weddings -- including marrying Sandbox Entertainment founder Jason Owen and his husband, Sam Easley. "I do a great wedding," says Katz. "Believe me, you'd cry."

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https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8498657/joel-katz-interview-greenberg-traurig-photos

The veteran attorney reflects on working with James Brown, negotiating for Jon Platt and the future of the music biz.

"UMG topper Sir Lucian Grainge and associates celebrate the inking of Nigerian superstar singer/songwriter Tiwa Savage, ...
06/08/2019
HITS Daily Double : Rumor Mill - WHAT TIME IS IT IN LAGOS?

"UMG topper Sir Lucian Grainge and associates celebrate the inking of Nigerian superstar singer/songwriter Tiwa Savage, one of Africa’s most popular artists and a presence not only in music but also film, TV, fashion and philanthropy. “You know,” offered super-attorney Joel Katz, “this wondrous occasion brings to mind an old Yoruba saying, ‘nigbawo ni awọn ounjẹ ipanu yoo wa?’ I think those words resonate today more than ever.” Seen just before hitting the corporate dispensary and then roller-blading down to the marina are (back, l-r)Greenberg Traurig’s Katz, UMG South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa MD Sipho Diamini, Stealth Management/Regime Music Societe’s Efe Ogbeni, UMG EVP, Market Development Adam Granite, Stealth Management’s Vannessa Amadi-Ogbonna and (front, l-r) Grainge and Savage.

The Lagos-born Savage won a scholarship to the Berklee School of Music, earned plaudits from MTVand shared the stage at Nelson Mandela’s centenary celebration with stars like Beyoncé, Ed Sheeranand Chris Martin (who picked her for the event). She also made a splash at Jay-Z’s Made in America fest. The signing is a further illustration of UMG’s ever-widening global reach and approach to A&R. Her projects will be overseen by Ogbeni and Amadi-Ogbonna.

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http://m.hitsdailydouble.com/news&id=316260

UMG topper Sir Lucian Grainge and associates celebrate the inking of Nigerian superstar singer/songwriter Tiwa Savage, one of Africa’s most popular artists and a presence not only in music...

Thanks @billboard for sharing!JOEL KATZ, 75Founding chairman, Global Entertainment and Media Practice; Founding sharehol...
06/08/2019
Billboard's 2019 Country Power Players List Revealed

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JOEL KATZ, 75
Founding chairman, Global Entertainment and Media Practice; Founding shareholder, Atlanta Office; Greenberg Traurig

"Chairman of the T.J. Martell Foundation and longtime counsel to Willie Nelson, George Strait, Little Big Town, Faith Hill and many more, Katz has negotiated contracts for nearly every label chief and artist manager in Nashville and recently renewed the partnership deal between Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings and Jason Owen’s Sandbox Entertainment."

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https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/country/8513506/billboard-country-power-players-list-2019

As the genre’s brightest stars expand their sound and attract a growing global audience, the 100 industry leaders on Billboard’s fifth annual Country Power Players list celebrate the past year’s $1.34 billion earnings in sales, streaming and touring.

In a Q&A at Midem, power lawyer Joel Katz interviewed global music ambassador Efe Ogbeni for a session on "The Impact of...
06/08/2019
HITS Daily Double : Rumor Mill - FRENCH CONNECTION

In a Q&A at Midem, power lawyer Joel Katz interviewed global music ambassador Efe Ogbeni for a session on "The Impact of African Culture & Music Around the World."

Ogbeni, manager to global giants Davido and Tiwa Savage, may be more qualified than anyone to discuss the future of African music in the streaming landscape. And dig those bold red socks.

Joel, meanwhile, went boldly sockless.

http://m.hitsdailydouble.com/news&id=316698&title=FRENCH-CONNECTION

In a Q&A at Midem, power lawyer Joel Katz interviewed global music ambassador Efe Ogbeni for a session on

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