Nicole George-Middleton, Esq.
ASCAP Rhythm & Soul/Urban Membership
New York City
The opportunity to merge a satisfying career with one’s personal interests is the definition of success for many of us, including entertainment lawyer Nicole George-Middleton. George-Middleton is a lawyer by trade and a music lover at heart who is combining her experience and enthusiasm to make the best of both worlds. Vice president of the Rhythm & Soul/Urban Membership division of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), she oversees and manages her department’s daily operations. She applies her knowledge of intellectual property law and the rights of music creators to serve and support those who come under her domain of rhythm and soul.
ASCAP is a membership association of more than 420,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. Its members include creative legends such as Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson and Chaka Khan; contemporary talents like Beyoncé, Drake and Ne-Yo; and behind-the-scenes music writers and producers such as Kerry “Krucial” Brothers and Stargate. “We play an important role in developing our members’ careers,” says George-Middleton. “We protect their rights, make sure they get paid fairly for performances of their music, and we provide the best career tools and services possible to meet their evolving needs,” she adds.
George-Middleton earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and decided to pursue a career in the music business while earning her law degree from Brooklyn Law School. After graduating from Brooklyn Law School, she practiced entertainment law for five years with the Middleton Law Group, and then became director of business and legal affairs for Jive Records. She joined ASCAP in 2008. Named one of Billboard magazine’s “Top 40 Women in Music in 2011,” George-Middleton is grateful to her husband for “giving me my first official job in the entertainment industry,” and adds “my biggest triumph is the birth of my two children.”