Trey Rick, Esq. is an Oklahoma City-based entertainment and music attorney. Outside of his practice, he has taught courses in music publishing, music marketing, and artist development at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) where he served as the Assistant Director and the head of the music business department.
Prior to his employment at the University, Trey was an associate at Shrum & Associates, a Nashville-based entertainment and music law firm, where he worked on a variety of music copyright-related issues; analyzed entertainment-related contracts for clients; and performed royalty collection services for performing rights organization, SESAC. Also, Trey founded Third Curve Music & Media Management, a full-service artist management, development, and consulting company where he worked with the likes of Grammy-nominated music producer Scott Bomar and chart-topping rock band Aranda (Wind-up Records) among others.
He runs ClearYourSample.com, a music sample clearance service that has secured licenses from record labels and music publishers including Sony BMG, Paramount Pictures, Gusto Records, EMI, Mr. Bongo, Arc Music and ABKCO Music.
Trey received his bachelor of arts degree from Millsaps College and his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law. In law school, he focused his studies on entertainment law, intellectual property law, and business transactions law. Trey completed coursework in copyrights, trademarks and unfair competition, sports law, immigration law, and cyberspace law. While in law school, he worked at Malaco Music Group, known as "The Last Soul Company," in the Copyrights & Royalties department where he learned about the record label and music publishing business. Most notably, Malaco is the music publisher of classic songs like "Old Time Rock & Roll" and "Torn Between Two Lovers." On the label side, Malaco released legendary recordings like "Mr. Big Stuff" and "Ring My Bell." Also, Trey worked as an intern on the New Media team at Broadcast Music Incorporated ("BMI") in Nashville, TN under the leadership of Richard Conlon, SVP of Corporate Strategy, Communications & New Media. At BMI, Trey got hands-on experience analyzing and classifying various types of digital music uses by online music platforms and the licensing implications associated with such uses. In addition, he worked as a legal intern for New Orleans-based arts and entertainment attorney, Suzette Toledano, at her entertainment law firm above the House of Blues.
He was music supervisor on the cutting-edge 15-episode MTV series "$5 Cover" -- created by Craig Brewer (writer/director of "Hustle & Flow" and "Black Snake Moan") -- performing music licensing, negotiations, and music supervision. MTV New Media released "webisodes" of the series during the winter of 2008, and MTV Network aired the television series during the spring of 2009.
Trey is a voting member of theNational Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (Producers & Engineers Wing). He spends his nights supporting the local live music scene and producing music in his home recording studio.
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Trey Rick, Esq., Attorney at Law | Oklahoma City, OK | 405.633.2261