Greg Seneff, Sr.
Greg Seneff has spent a lifetime involved in music. From his family’s roots in Barbershop singing, to long participation in church & school choirs, to singing and playing drums for garage rock and contemporary Christian bands, to mentoring Bluegrass artists, Greg is steeped in music of all kinds.
Greg took his passion for music and the creative process and pursued work in the industry as a booking agent, band roadie (Petra), radio DJ (WKWC college; WXLN-FM, WFIA-AM Louisville, KY), music buyer for a retail store (Berean Christian), video & audio producer (Asbury Theological Seminary, & various shows and video projects), music columnist, and concert promoter. When he realized that his passion included helping those in creative roles, he went to law school with the sole intent to pursue a career in entertainment law.
Greg first entered the private practice law but was sought out by the president of Benson Music Group and hired as that company’s “Director of Legal Affairs.” Greg served in that capacity for over 4 years though the sale of its parent company Music Entertainment Group to then the world’s largest distributor of music, Zomba. Subsequently, Greg was approached again to serve as “Director of Business Affairs” at EMI Christian Music Group (now Capitol Christian Music Group). He has also served as General Counsel for The Gospel Music Association and The Christian Music Trade Association, as a board member with Touchstone Youth Resource Services, as an advisory board member to Christian Activities Magazine, and as a member of the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame Committee.
Greg has taught as an adjunct instructor at the Delta Music Institute at Delta State University, at Middle Tennessee State University’s Recording Industry program, as a guest speaker at Belmont University, and as a seminar presenter at numerous music conferences. He revels in opportunities to assist artists, music writers and musicians learn more about the business and legal side of the music industry and how to avoid pitfalls commonly experienced by so many of them. Events Greg has participated in include: Gospel Music Week, Academy of Gospel Music Arts regional events, Music in the Rockies, the Southern Gospel Music Guild Conference, the Nashville New Music Conference, the Midwest Entertainment Industry Conference, the West Virginia Music Conference, the CIA conference, Independent Music Conference, the Millennium Music Conference, the Write About Jesus Conference, the International Bluegrass Music Association annual conference, and is a regular speaker at Indie Connect events.
Greg drafts, reviews, and negotiates contracts and licenses (recording, production, music publishing, management, booking agent, mechanical, synchronization, book publishing, film/video documents, book contracts, literary agent agreements, video talent agreements, and others), assists in the registration of copyrights, trademarks, and service marks, and engages in litigation for the enforcement of contracts, defense of contract breach claims, royalty and fee collections, fraud, infringement, and other actions related to entertainment law fields and small businesses.
Greg is the producer of MusicBiz™ Vol.1, an educational project for artists and songwriters that contains 13 hours of audio information and approximately 400 pages of information. The subjects include record contracts, publishing contracts, band partnership agreements, forming a corporation or Limited Liability Company, booking and management issues, copyright, trademark, and rights of publicity issues, finances for small businesses, how to pitch demo recordings, and much more. Included are 8 interviews with artists, songwriters, a record producer, a booking agent, an artist manager, a Vice President of A&R, and nationally recognized financial counselor, Dave Ramsey.
Greg often writes columns and contributes responses to music discussion boards on issues of music business and law. Greg is host and co-producer of the podcast Artist Insider™. He is currently planning the launch of his own audiobook publishing venture. He also is active with Gideons International and Project Appleseed.