Simon Rosen, Esq. has been practicing entertainment law in Philadelphia for over 32 years. He has represented major industry artists, managers, producers, and record companies such as David Krebs, well known manager of AeroSmith, Scorpions, Ted Nugent, and ZZ Top.
Simon has also represented legendary manager and record industry mogul Jon Zeala who managed and broke Metallica, Anthrax, and other hard rock metal acts. Simon has also represented the former artist manager who broke Britney Spears, R&B Diva Regina Belle (“A Whole New World” from Disney’s Alladin movie- won Grammy® for song of the year), and legendary R&B Artist John Stephens, now known as John Legend- nominated for 8 Grammy® Awards.
From early childhood through age 58 (born Sept. 5, 1958, same birthday as Raquel Welch), Simon Rosen has possessed a love, devotion, passion, respect and understanding of music, and of people who comprise the “music business”. His respect for not only the “stars”, but the human backline- musicians, vocalists, producers, engineers, arrangers, writers, publishers, promoters, publicists, etc. – has been his motivating force for 33+ years. Rep’ing A-list talent is great, but 99% of the industry is comprised of the backline.
Rosen’s late father and grandfather were musical performers. Simon began studying classical piano in his early childhood, and his abilities shifted towards popular music during his college years. In 1983, fresh out of law school at age 24, he joined Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. At age 25, he commenced representing such luminaries as legendary rock n roll manager David Krebs of Contemporary Communications (Aerosmith, The Scorpions, et al.). Rosen has continued to strive to protect and advance the rights of those in the music community.
His artist client roster has been as diverse as the music world itself- including pop, R&B, rock n roll, jazz, blues, goth, gospel and classical. Rosen is as comfortable being involved in the careers of the likes of John Legend, Cassidy, Britney Spears, Pink, Aerosmith, Brashere Gray/Yazz (rapper “Hakeem” on “Empire”)… as he is trying to break the youngblood 14 year old rapper in a local park. Whether working on a new joint with CeeLo Green, booking afterparty gigs for Pink, prodding Vernon Reid (Living Colour) to name his favorite guitarists (Michael Hedges, for one, handling the division of the greatest heavy metal catalogue in the world (Jon and Marsha Zazula’s Megaforce Records/MR Distribution -(Metallica, Anthrax, Ministry, etc.), battle rap virtuoso Cassidy, jazz guitarist Jimmy Bruno (Concord Records), R&B diva Regina Belle Hernandez (Cuatro Cuarenta), Phila. Gospel Music Seminars, gospel great Shawn McLemore, The Delfonics, Ray Charles- Rosen thrives on the pulse of the music business.
Rosen specifically chose to reside and raise his family in Philadelphia, outside the higher pressure cookers of NYC and Los Angeles. Easier to chill, and easier to avoid being swallowed up by the business.
Attorney Rosen reviews and negotiates entertainment-related agreements on a regular basis-music, television, film, media. It is not uncommon to play a dual role as “de facto” personal manager. He regularly counsels record labels, investors, recording studios, producers, promoters, agents, venues, publishers, songwriters, engineers, arrangers, screenwriters, and filmmakers.
His professional associations have included membership in the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Songwriters Guild of America, B.M.I., Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and legal counsel for S.P.A.R.S. (Society for Producers and Recording Studios).
In the 1990’s, Rosen authored a column in the seminal bi-weekly rap and hip-hop music tip sheet, “IMPACT”, entitled: “LEGAL CORNER: SIMON SEZ”, providing a mix of legal and practical advice and wit. IMPACT paved the way for those genres.
Rosen has lectured across the United States on a wide range of music business topics, including entertainment law, setting up your own record company, publishing, urban music, production deals, joint venture label deals, putting on your own CD, and management contracts. He taught Copyrights In The Music Business as an Adjunct Professor at Drexel University, and has lectured on drafting entertainment contracts at Rutgers School of Law and elsewhere.
In addition to his law practice, Rosen moderates a monthly NYC gig called, The New Pro Shop, which had been moderated for more than 30 years by the late great music titan Ann Ruckert. Ann passed away in October 2014 and Rosen has been fortunate enough to lead a pack of crazy talented songwriters in a monthly networking and support group workshop. The New Pro Shop is an offshoot of the Songwriters Guild of America, a songwriters’ rights organization founded in the 1930’s by Irving Berlin and the top composers of that era. That candle still flickers. Rosen is also in pre-production of his own reality television show.
Simon’s efforts in the music industry are in memory and honor of his parents, Bernard and Rita Rosen. Bernie Rosen was a gifted singer, performer, and Emcee, and his mother made and amazing couple. Much props to Simon’s wife, Kim- who has put up with the 24/6 lifestyle of endless studio sessions, late night calls from frazzled artists, showcases and teleconferences, etc.; also Simon’s two wonderful sons, Ryan and Micheal. Kim is a noted special events producer, Ryan is a composer who just formed Harmonizor Music Publishing, dedicated to soundtracks and licensing, and Micheal is pursuing his dream as a physicist/scientist.
Simon strives to remind everyone that music is, indeed, the universal language, and it relentlessly makes us happier, healthier, and better human beings.