Serona Elton

Assoc. Professor

Phone:
(305) 284-9856
Address:
Frost North Studio Wing 5499 San Amaro Dr
Room 107
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

 
About

About Me

Quote

I am so passionate about teaching because I know that I am helping to shape the future leaders of the music business, who will find innovative ways to expand upon the connection between the musician, the music, and the listener, while ensuring that the cultural and commercial value of music is preserved.

Biography

Serona Elton, Esq., has extensive experience as a music industry professional and educator, and is currently an associate professor, Chair of the Music Media and Industry Department, and Director of the Music Business & Entertainment Industries Program at the University of Miami FROST School of Music. 

Her music industry career began while she was still in college, when she held positions in music journalism and music video/radio promotion, although her passion for and interest in the industry began in middle school.  She earned her Master’s of Music in Music Media and Industry from the Frost School of Music, and while pursuing her degree, she helped found one of the earliest student-run record labels, ‘Cane Records.  She then went to work for EMI Recorded Music, North America where she held a number of positions involved with managing content and contractual information, as well as royalty processing. In her last position at EMI, as Vice President, Mechanical Licensing and Repertoire Data Services, she played a key role in preparing EMI’s recordings for inclusion in the newly launched iTunes store. She was also very active in a number of industry initiatives focused on information standards, representing EMI on committees regarding the International Standard Recording Code (ISRC), Sound Recording Database (SRBD) and Music Industry Integrated Identifier Project (MI3P), the latter of which lead to the forming of Digital Data Exchange (DDEX), a leading force today in the digital distribution of music. While at EMI, Ms. Elton also earned a law degree at Brooklyn Law School.

Since leaving EMI, Ms. Elton has become the quintessential pracademic.  Ever since joining the faculty of the Frost School, she has been very active as an educator, a scholar, and a practitioner in the music industry.  She has implemented numerous curricular advancements, overseen a number of 'Cane Records projects, and spearheaded a new J.D./M.M. joint degree between the Frost School of Music and the UM School of Law. Ms. Elton is also a published author whose articles have appeared in the Journal of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association, the Florida Bar Journal, and Billboard Magazine, among others. She has served as President of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA), and on the Recording Academy, Florida Chapter, Board of Governors.  She is currently a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and serves as Co-Chair of the Miami Chapter, and serves on the Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Executive Council.

Ms. Elton has worked closely with major music companies, such as Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group, and most recently, with Warner Music Group, focused on practices involving rights management, licensing, royalty processing, and information management.  She is frequently asked to speak about topics such as music industry education, music licensing, and music copyright law at music industry and law conferences around the US and abroad.
Career

Honors & Acknowledgements

Professional Experience


Career Highlights

  • Vice President, Mechanical Licensing and Repertoire Data Services at EMI
    • Played a key role in preparing the company’s recordings for inclusion in the newly launched iTunes store.
    • Active in a number of industry initiatives focused on information standards, representing EMI on committees regarding the International Standard Recording Code (ISRC), Sound Recording Database (SRBD) and Music Industry Integrated Identifier Project (MI3P), which led to Digital Data Exchange (DDEX)
  • Law degree from the Brooklyn Law School 

Honors, Awards & Competitions

  • President of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA), and on the Recording Academy, Florida Chapter, Board of Governors
  • Trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and Co-Chair of the Miami Chapter.
    • Serves on the Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Executive Council

Articles and Publications

For a more comprehensive list of past and current positions, as well as links to published articles, visit Ms. Elton’s LinkedIn page at https://www.linkedin.com/in/serona.