Cheryl L. Slay, J.D.
Cheryl L. Slay is an Entertainment and Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney and Assistant Professor of Music Business at Belmont University, where she teaches copyright law, entertainment contracts, and the Business of Jazz. Prior to transitioning to academia, Ms. Slay launched an entertainment and IP law firm with a particular focus on developing creative business and legal solutions for arts and entertainment professionals. She has over 12 years of experience in representing independent & emerging filmmakers, novelists, record companies, musicians, technology companies, visual artists, and other arts, technology and business professionals. Combining her arts focus with 17 years of experience in managing and advising public sector programs, she developed a progressive law practice to provide clients with cutting-edge counsel on changes in the entertainment industry and trends in IP law and policy. A frequent presenter, writer and researcher, Ms. Slay is author of Music Copyright Law, a book written to provide in-depth coverage of copyright fundamentals as they apply to the music industry. She is a contributing author of Trademark Infringement Remedies, a practitioner-based book on the fundamentals of trademark law, and has authored numerous articles on matters ranging from strategies for success in the music industry, to funding film projects. She speaks extensively on arts and IP matters, including television appearances and as a presenter for numerous organizations, universities and conferences. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law, a Master of Public Administration from Atlanta University, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, and completed the Harvard Law School Program of Continuing Education for Lawyers in International and Comparative Intellectual Property. She pioneered the first continuing legal education program for entertainment law for the Maryland Bar and was selected as a Maryland Bar Foundation Fellow, an honor awarded to two percent of the Maryland Bar membership, has served on the board of directors for Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and is an alumna of the 2010 class of Leadership Music. Ms. Slay is also a vocalist with over 25 years of performance experience. Additional information is available at www.slaylaw.com.