Dr. Matthew O'Brien

Associate Professor

Dr. Matthew O'Brien
615-898-5017
Room 202, John Bragg Media and Entertainment Building (BRAGG)
MTSU Box 21, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • J.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison (1984)
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison (1980)

Areas of Expertise

Survey of the Recording Industry
Copyright Law
Music Publishing
Artist Management
Legal Problems in the Recording Industry
The A&R Function

Biography

Matthew O’Brien, associate professor, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School. While in law school, Matt was associate editor of the University of Wisconsin Law Review.

Before coming to MTSU, Matt was vice president of business and legal affairs for Miramar Productions in Seattle, Washington, where he was responsible for overseeing the operations of a BMG distributed record label, a pub...

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Matthew O’Brien, associate professor, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School. While in law school, Matt was associate editor of the University of Wisconsin Law Review.

Before coming to MTSU, Matt was vice president of business and legal affairs for Miramar Productions in Seattle, Washington, where he was responsible for overseeing the operations of a BMG distributed record label, a publishing company and a video and film production company. Prior to that, he worked in the business and legal affairs department for Narada Productions, a record company now owned by Virgin/EMI. After graduating from law school, he worked for the prestigious Chicago firm of Sidley & Austin as an associate in the marketing/entertainment division.

Matt has remained active in the recording industry as a consultant with wide-ranging clients from artists to songwriters to entertainment companies. He is also a member of many academic groups, has written numerous articles for academic and industry publications and has appeared at seminars and panels around the world as an authority on the music business.

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