Paul Sanderson | SongStudio Songwriting Workshop

Paul Sanderson

Past Mentors

Paul Sanderson

Paul is committed to the practice of law as a profession, not just as a business. He is co-founder of ALAS (Artists’ Legal Advice Services), Canada’s first summary advice legal service which offers free legal advice for artists of all disciplines and is a director of ALAC (Artists and Lawyers for the Advancement of Creativity) which oversees the operation of ALAS.

Paul has counseled clients including major music publishers, large independent record companies and gold and platinum recording artists in all aspects of the music business. He has worked on domestic and international licensing and distribution contracts in such countries as the United States, Japan, Germany, South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, United Kingdom and Taiwan.

He sits on the board of the Toronto Blues Society and has served as an advisory board member for the Music Gallery and the Humber College Music Program. Paul sat on the board of directors for the Scarborough Arts Council when it was known as Arts Scarborough.

He was a member of the Canadian executive committee of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers and has been a member of and acted as co-ordinator of the legal executive committee for Canadian Music Week.

He has appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Taxation of Artists, made submissions to the Macauley Commission concerning arts and public education and prepared a major legal opinion for the Ontario Arts Council on film and video censorship.

He served as a volunteer adjudicator for the Scarborough Arts Council songwriting competition in its inaugural year, the Japanese Dream Audition 2006 and for the TTC Subway Musicians Auditions since 2002.

Paul is also a skilled musician (, award winning photographer, and a published poet (seraphimeditions) (leagueofcanadianpoets). His personal portfolio can be viewed at