Education: Law Degree from Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, CA.
Undergraduate degree BS from Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.
Experience: Worked in legal and business affairs at Rhino Records and
Priority Records and head of business affairs/CFO for JWP-USA/BMG Records.
Talent scout for Sire Records.
Worked at major management company Tim Neece Management where we represented
Bruce Hornsby, the Posies, Rickie Lee Jones, Charlie Sexton, the Origin, Leon
Russell, Grapes of Wrath, Big Star, Martha Davis, etc. Through our own management
company (Starkravin') managed J/RCA recording artist happyendings.
Musicians Institute instructor.
Los Angeles College of Music instructor.
Music Business Expert Witness.
License: To practice before all courts in the State of California and the
US District Courts.
Publications: Over 200 published articles on the music business in magazines, books and blogs
including, Alternative Press, Audities, Amplifier, Rock City News, Music Scene, Discoveries,
Night Moves, Factor X,
Synth Music Network, Shred, Diamond Hard, Los Angeles Lawyer, MIDEM 2001, Billboard
Encyclopedia of Record Producers, Audities Pop Encyclopedia, songwriteruniverse.com,
JPFolks.com, thelamusicscene.com, indie-connections.com, "Million Dollar Mistakes",
"The Music Powers", "It All Begins With the Music", "One Answers to 50 Questions on the Music Business", "The Musicians Handbook", "Business Basics for Musicians", "Indies Guide to Music Licensing".
Entertainment Expert Contributor to: Rolling Stone, NPR
Press: Frequent contributor/interviewee on/to radio/television and in print and online
Articles: Click benmclane.blogspot.com for music business articles written by Ben McLane.
Speaker: Frequent speaker at numerous music and entertainment/media conferences worldwide, including SXSW, NAMM, Folk Music Summit, Vegas Music Summit, Folk Alliance, You Bloom.
Awards: 1995 and 2006 Los Angeles Music Awards "Attorney of the Year"; 2004 Pepperdine Center for
Entrepreneurship and Technology Law Excellence In Entrepreneurship and Entertainment Law Award; Gold and
Platinum records for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy; Platinum record award for Dixie Chicks;
Gold record award for Tracy Byrd; Platinum record award for soundtrack to "Above the
Rim"; Gold record award for Sparkle; Gold record award for 311; Gold record award
for Guns n' Roses; Platinum record award for Afroman; Gold record award for the
soundtrack to "Swingers"; Platinum record award for Cher; Gold record award for Mya; Platinum
record award for Eagles; Gold record award for Khia; Gold record award for Anita Baker;
Gold record award for the soundtrack to "That's So Raven"; Gold record award for
Alicia Keys; Platinum record award for Mary J Blige; Platinum record award for 50 cent;
Gold record award for Nine Inch Nails; Platinum record award for Keyshia Cole;
Gold record award for Sean Kingston; Platinum record award for Jay Z, Gold record award for "Glee" soundtrack; Gold record for Selena Gomez.
Notable Projects: Participated in numerous and diverse projects involving, but not
limited to, legendary artists such as Weezer, Fifty Cent, Doors, Puff Daddy, No Doubt,
Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones, Tony Iommi, Bonnie Raitt, Cher, Eagles, J Lo, Phish, Roots,
Shaggy, Yellowcard, Vladamir Horowitz, Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams, Ben Harper, Guns & Roses,
Jeff Beck, Flaming Lips, Sixpence None The Richer, Eva Cassidy, Rooney, Dashboard Confessional,
Black Eyed Peas, Dixie Chicks, Beau Brummels, Beatles, Bobby Caldwell, Martina McBride,
Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Frank Zappa, Brewer & Shipley, Badfinger, Gloria Estefan, U2,
Pearl Jam, Richie Valens, Bon Jovi, Diane Warren, Dio, Faith Hill, Madonna, Tim McGraw,
Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Little Steven, Kurtis Blow, Big Star, Gap Band, Big Daddy Kane,
Tu Pac, Wilson-Phillips, Alice Cooper, Yanni, Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow, Motorhead,
Dr John, Thelonius Monk, Mary J. Blige, Anita Baker, Naughty By Nature, Ying Yang Twins,
Melissa Manchester, Chicago, Heart, The Bronx, Nancy Sinatra, Christina Milian, Boyz II Men,
Dr Dre, Knack, Jay Z, Frankie Avalon, Hank Ballard, Little Anthony, Nine Inch Nails,
Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Bob Rock, Howard Benson, Henry Stone, Lifehouse, Carson Daly,
Randy Jackson (of American Idol), System of A Down, Rihanna, Goldfinger, Elvis, Daddy
Yankee, Nina Simone, Peabo Bryson, Patrice Rushen, Buckethead, Frank Sinatra, Enrique Iglesias,
Max Martin, Eddie Money, Iggy Pop, Lil Jon, Josh Groban, Steve Rifkin, Jackie DeShannon, Robbie
Nevil, Santana, Paul Oakenfold, Gene Simmons, Warped Tour, Brad Pitt, Hanson,
Menudo, Bay City Rollers, Joel Dorn, Donovan, Sonic Youth, Sweet, Lee Scratch Perry, Lionel
Hampton, Sun Records, Rock Band Videogame, American Idol, Gossip Girl, Don
Gilmore, Tom Jones, Fall Out Boy, Rupert Holmes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sublime, MTV, Katy Perry,
David Foster, DeLeo Brothers (Stone Temple Pilots), Gram Parsons, John Doe, Maria McKee,
Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Richard Thompson, John Feldman, Woodstock (40th Anniversary),
Vanilla Ice, Hiromi, Miley Cyrus, NWA, Ice Cube, Secondhand Serenade, Andrew WK, Death Row,
Demi Lovato, Snoop Dogg, Adam Lambert, John Waite, Britney Spears, Jonas Bros., Kool and the Gang,
Cirque du Soleil, Foreigner, Billy Idol, Ozzy Osbourne, Willie Nelson, Michael Jackson, R Kelly,
Evanescence, Red One, The Band Perry, The Winans, The Runaways, J Cole, The Voice, Emotions, Steven Adler (of Guns & Roses), Wiz Khalifa, American Idol, The Voice and X Factor contestants, Bay City Rollers, Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods, Lupe Fiasco, Animals, Sevendust, Badfinger, David Lynch, Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Hudson, Backstreet Boys, Frank Ocean, Buck Cherry, Lil' Wayne, Michael Bolton, Swollen Members, Grateful Dead, Janet Jackson, YG, Tupac, Vice, Judy Collins, Stephen Stills, Migos, Blink 182, Big Sean, Jake Paul.