Broadway Veteran Fearlessly Confronts Mega Music Industry Exploiters

We are reminded of the phenomenon of cultural appropriation in deliberately unexposed copyright and royalty infringements cases ranging from the iconic Bert Williams (1898), Isaac Hayes, Sam and Dave, Billy Strayhorn, Bill Withers, Tracy Chapman, The Isley Brothers, Little Richard, Michael Jackson, J. C. Johnson, Duke Ellington, to the more recently infamous multi-million dollar cases of Marvin Gaye, Martha and The Vandellas, Chuck Berry, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Prince, and numerous other Rhythm and Blues artists such as Ruth Brown, Bo Diddley, and Buddy Guy.”

Denying Black musicians their royalties has a history emerging out of slavery BMG Review of Historic Catalog Finds Black Artists Paid Lower Royalty Rates at Four Labels BMG’s review found four of its acquisitions paid Black artists below the level of non-Black acts on those respective labels.

So just who are these fearsome “Big Boys” involved in this current heretofore obscured “David and Goliath” confrontation? Among the well armed gangs of super powerful corporate exploiters seeking to crush Chapman Roberts are:

(1) the American Multinational Technology company self referred to as “one of the most influential economic and cultural forces in the world” and is one of world’s most valuable brands.

(2) The independent world leader in the development acquisition and management of recorded music,

(3) the largest publishing and licensing agent of Broadway theatrical and movie music in the world,and

(4) the world’s number one multi-billion dollar music publishing company namely: (Broadway Royalty) Rodgers & Hammerstein Holding., Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, Concord Theatrical Corp., Mike Stoller, the estate of Jerome Leiber a/k/a the Jerome L. Leiber 1997 Family Trust, Leiber & Stoller Productions, Inc., Broadway Asia, Inc., SONY/ATV Music Publishing, HBO, and “The Colossal,” Jeff Bezos’ Amazon.

According to Chapman Roberts, “Collectively, these crooks have knowingly, willfully, repeatedly, and deliberately deprived me of rightful compensation of substantial royalties owed and name credit for contributions to hundreds of unauthorized theatrical productions and tens of thousands of video, film, television, and internet streaming usages worldwide for well over 2 decades”.

Chapman Roberts is filing these egregious breach of contract actions seeking compensatory relief from the myriad damages foisted upon him in order to expose the Broadway and music industry’s pattern of flagrantly unlawful acts against him and others who have been maliciously robbed, cheated of inherited wealth, stripped of their family’s identity as valuable artistic contributors to cultural society and maligned as frauds, troublemakers, and mere attention seeking money grubbers because they dare to defy the odds and risk the unrelentingly standard harsh reprisals against them and their heirs for seeking full and undiscounted recompense from what Roberts calls “nothing less than a legally protected Cabal of thieving, unjustly enriched, parasitic, privileged, talentless, inherently entitled,socially, and politically shielded, artistically depraved, musically illiterate, cunning custom suited gangsters thinly disguised as managers, agents, promoters, producers,and publishers as though they are some variety of culturally relevant endangered species”.

In a most recent stunning development a collective appeal by the pompously confident music moguls to have Roberts’ precedent setting case against them dismissed was soundly denied by The New York State Supreme Court. As a result, ferocious culpability infighting has broken out among the offending defendants themselves and certain highly successful Broadway producers who initially participated in and handsomely benefitted from a multitude of larcenous infringements with arrogant impunity are suddenly skirmishing to alert their legal teams to gird up their strategies in preparation for the ravages of the inevitable embarrassing subpoenas, mob style betrayals, finger pointing and litigious back stabbings as cleverly arranged, orchestrated and hereby publicized by the highly gifted Chapman Roberts.

You see, what the “Big Boys” failed to realize when they went after Chapman Roberts is that he is much more aware of what goes on under the tables and backstages of the Broadway and music industries than their usual targets. He is a highly experienced and resilient black artist with a superbly cutting edge blend of talent, intelligence, keen vision, self confidence, persistence, savvy and boldness.

This is very evident in every show he has been involved with, including the historic Black Stars of the Great White Way, which he directed, conducted, arranged, and co-produced with Norm Lewis. Co-hosts of the inspiring, educational, exciting and entertaining celebration at Carnegie Hall were Cicely Tyson, Phylicia Rashad, and Chita Rivera and Ben Vereen. Another black cultural giant, the late Ernie McClintock, stated that “Serious black artists have the goal of stimulating an awareness of the black experience and to express it through theatre which illuminates that experience.” Maestro Chapman Roberts is a master at doing just that.

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