Monica Corton is the founder and CEO of Go to Eleven Entertainment/Go to Eleven Royalty Fund, a newly found female led music company that is focused on servicing female songwriters, artists and producers through its music publishing, artists services and production divisions. Go to Eleven promotes old school songwriter/artist development, maintains forensic and state of the art music licensing and collection services, and has the 21st century know how in marketing and branding that provides a fully crafted, service oriented culture for helping creators reach their greatest potential.
Monica Corton is also the President of Monica Corton Consulting, a full service music consulting company that focuses on music publishing, copyright, licensing, master licensing, royalties and business strategy.
Prior to starting Monica Corton Consulting, Ms. Corton was the Senior Executive Vice President of Creative Affairs and Licensing at Next Decade Entertainment, Inc. Her responsibilities included 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. Next Decade’s prestigious publishing clients included the music from the band Boston’s first album, Harry Belafonte, Sammy Hagar, the Estate of Milton Gabler, Gaucho/Sandbox Music (70s R&B catalog with lots of rap and hip hop sampled songs), the Double Ak-shun catalog (Millie Jackson), Eric Lindell (singer/songwriter from New Orleans), the Estate of Jay Gorney (“Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”, “You’re My Thrill”), trance/dance writer Jan Johnston (hits with Tiesto, Paul van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold), Lucy and Carly Simon, Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich (lyricist/composer of the Broadway musicals EVER AFTER, DEAR EDWINA and JUNIE B JONES) , Noah Aronson (foremost Jewish music composer), BETTY (the band), Bob McGrath (from Sesame Street) and the Estate of Vic Mizzy (“Addams Family Theme” and “Green Acres Theme). In addition, she served 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 entitled Gleason. Other credits include Music Supervisor for the Off-Broadway production, Bunny Bunny, a play based on the relationship of the playwright, Alan Zweibel, and Gilda Radner during their tenure as writer and performer 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 2016, she was a guest speaker for the New York State Bar Association’s, Entertainment and Sports Law Section and spoke on a panel about 100% Licensing and the fight with the Department of Justice on changing the consent decrees that govern ASCAP and BMI. 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.