Over 25 Years of Licensing Hits
We are more than just a music publisher. We’re experts with years of experience and knowledge about music and licensing. Our approach is hands-on and service oriented. We work with clients closely to make sure their copyrights are not only protected and properly exploited, but that opportunities for growth and development are identified and that we are involved with the newest companies and people for licensing opportunities.
Over the years we have represented many important catalogs. We also look for exciting new talent all the time, and our roster of songwriters and catalogs is growing constantly.
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Stu Cantor is the President of Next Decade Entertainment, Inc., which he founded in 1989. Mr. Cantor was formerly President of Buttermilk Sky Associates, Inc. where he oversaw all global publishing activities relating to a 3,000 song catalog as well as the publishing catalogs of Orion Pictures, Orion Pictures Television, and the Judy Collins music publishing companies. Read more »
Current Next Decade clients include Pure Songs a catalog that contains classic hits by the band Boston (“More Than A Feeling”), Harry Belafonte, The Estate of Vic Mizzy (creator of the theme songs and musical cues for the “Addams Family” and “Green Acres” television shows), the Estate of Milton Gabler (“Danke Schoen” and “L.O.V.E”), Lucy Simon and the Estate of Jay Gorney (“Brother Can You Spare A Dime?”). In addition, he represents publishing catalogs which include compositions written and/or recorded by Santana, Bob Marley, Joe Simon, Millie Jackson and Carly Simon.
Mr. Cantor spent many years as Music Supervisor for motion pictures, television and Broadway. He has been awarded Platinum Albums for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Woman In Red, Annie, Ghostbusters and The Big Chill and Gold albums for Against All Odds and Beat Street. Broadway credits include Freak starring John Leguizamo and Bunny, Bunny based on the Alan Zweibel book of the same name.
Mr. Cantor is an officer and member of The Board of Governors of the N.Y. Friars Club.
Monica Corton is Senior Executive Vice President of Creative Affairs and Licensing at Next Decade Entertainment, Inc. Her responsibilities include all creative exploitation of Next Decade’s works, searching for and signing new talent, negotiating, drafting and licensing all works published and administered by the company as well as overseeing the distribution of royalties. Read more »
Next Decade’s prestigious publishing clients include the music from the band Boston’s first two albums, Harry Belafonte, the Estate of Milton Gabler, Gaucho/Sandbox Music (70s R&B catalog), Eric Lindell (singer/songwriter from New Orleans), the Estate of Jay Gorney, trance/dance writer Jan Johnston (hits with Tiesto, Paul van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold), Lucy and Carly Simon, Bob McGrath (from Sesame Street) and Vic Mizzy (“Addams Family Theme” and “Green Acres Theme”). In addition, she serves as a music supervisor for Next Decade’s various film, television and Broadway projects.
Since joining Next Decade in 1991, she has been involved in the supervision of Golden Harvest Films’, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III and was the Assistant Music Supervisor for Warner Bros.’ Grumpier Old Men. In addition, she was Music Supervisor for Paramount Pictures’ The Odd Couple II starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. She served as the Music Supervisor for the Broadway play One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest starring Gary Sinise and the Broadway play Freak starring John Leguizamo. Ms. Corton was a Music Consultant to Warner Bros. for the motion picture release of The Replacements starring Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman. She was the music supervisor for the CBS television motion picture Off-Broadway production, Bunny Bunny, a play based on the relationship of the playwright, Alan Zweibel, and Gilda Radner during their tenure as writers and performers on Saturday Night Live.
Ms. Corton is an active member of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. In 2005 and 2006, she was the national chairperson for Copyright Awareness Week (CAW), an event sponsored by the Copyright Society to advance the understanding of copyright to American students in public schools and colleges. Under her leadership, CAW promoted a national radio PSA campaign with artists including 3 Doors Down, Deborah Allen, Gavin DeGraw, John Legend, Mary Mary, Martina McBride, Paul Overstreet, Leslie Satcher, Sir Mix-A-Lot and the Ying Yang Twins. She created alliances for CAW with the Motion Picture Association of America, the Business Software Alliance, the Entertainment Software Association and the Film Foundation, as well as other copyright related organizations for their participation in CAW and their contribution of curricula materials to the project. In addition, she wrote and created curricula materials which were promoted to teachers through CAW’s teacher partners which included MENC—The National Association for Music Education, NAEA— The National Art Education Association, NCTE— The National Council of Teachers of English and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
In 2014, she organized and spoke on a panel entitled “The Nuts and Bolts of Music Publishing” for the Copyright Society of the USA. In 2013, Ms. Corton was a guest speaker at the Cutting Edge Music Conference in New Orleans for two panels “Royalty Collection and Litigation in the Digital Realm” and “Reversion Issues Update”. In 2011, Ms. Corton was a guest speaker on a panel entitled “The NMPA Late Fee Settlement: How is it really working?” for the Association of Independent Music Publishers in New York which covered the issues surrounding the implementation and execution of this controversial music publishing settlement.
In 2010, Ms. Corton was a guest speaker on a panel entitled “Royalties and Rip-offs” at the New York Copyright Society which covered the current status of ringtone licensing. In addition, she was a guest speaker at the New Orleans, Cutting Edge Music Business Conference where she spoke on two panels including “The Anatomy of a Song” and “Thinking Outside the Box”. In 2008, she spoke on a panel on “Licensing Practices” which was presented at the Copyright Society summer meeting. In 2005, Ms. Corton was a guest speaker at the International Intellectual Property Conference at Fordham Law School as well as guest speaker for the recipients of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Her other speaking engagements have included panelist for the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.’s “Internet Licensing” forum. She was a guest lecturer for the New York Java Users Group and a guest lecturer for the Music Management Program at the Hartt School of Music/University of Hartford Career Day.
From 2007 through 2013, Ms. Corton served as Vice President to the United States board of ELEM, Youth in Distress, a group whose efforts support some twenty-five programs throughout Israel to advance issues for young people and give social support as well as job training in a variety of multi-cultural programs. From 2008 through 2012, she served on the Planning Committee for The Global Roundtable, a group that fosters civil society relationships between New Yorkers and diplomats from all over the world who serve at the United Nations and various consulates in New York City.
Ms. Corton is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford and holds a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. While at Hartt she obtained certification from the Kodaly Musical Training Institute. Ms. Corton has studied flute with John Wion and Bert Lucarelli and has given classical and jazz concerts and master classes throughout the East coast.
Tim Sweeney is the Director of Licensing and Copyright at Next Decade Entertainment. In this capacity, he negotiates fees, drafts quotes and licenses, processes royalties and assists in creative exploitation for Next Decade’s numerous catalogs including the prolific works of Harry Belafonte, Jay Gorney, Vic Mizzy, Boston and many others. Read more »
Prior to coming to Next Decade Entertainment, Mr. Sweeney managed and licensed the catalogs of Robert Johnson, Sammy Cahn, Richie Sambora, Chris Ledoux and many other writers during his tenure at MPCA Music, LLC.
Mr. Sweeney is a 2009 graduate of Berklee College of Music where he majored in Professional Music with a concentration in guitar and music business. He has been actively recording and performing in the New York City Music scene since his teen years.