There certainly is no lack of passion, says Gold, but a scarcity of administrators knowledgeable about the legal aspects of creating and running these kinds of entities is a major problem for artists and arts organizations today. This realization, together with an interest and experience in tax, benefits, and entertainment law, prompted Gold to decide on pursuing a career in law. “After working with major metropolitan arts organizations including the New York Philharmonic and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and receiving an M.A. in performing arts administration at New York University, Rutgers School of Law–Newark seemed the logical next step in developing a foundation from which to launch a career in arts-related law and business.”
David S. Gold
A student of William Blossom of the New York Philharmonic, Gold has been a principal member of many metropolitan-area and collegiate symphony and chamber music groups. In 2003, inspired by the loss of his mother, he and his father founded the New York Metropolitan Symphony “Music with a Cause,” whose performances support a variety of charitable causes. When time permits, he still sits in with jazz, cocktail, and musical theatre groups. Last September, Gold and his double bass were in the orchestra pit for the New Jersey Law Journal’s staging of Bye Bye Birdie, an all-lawyer production to benefit New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. He had also interned with NJVLA the summer following his first year at Rutgers.
Asked why he chose the double bass, Gold offers this simple explanation: “To a 10-year-old boy, the largest instrument in the room is always going to be the most appealing.” But Gold’s decision was as much tactical as visceral. Growing up, he was exposed by his father to musical styles ranging from classical to jazz and doo-wop. As such, he was careful to choose an instrument that would not limit his participation to any one group, whether a symphony orchestra, jazz ensemble, or rock band. “The double bass allowed me to choose my own path in the world of musical performance,” he adds.
Music of the Romantic period, when composers first expanded the role of the double bass beyond the “classical” custom of simply doubling the cello score, is his favorite to perform. “Brahms, whose father was a bass player, and Beethoven, who maintained a relationship with prominent double bass player Domenico Dragonetti, are two composers who stand out in my mind as revolutionizing the double bass repertoire by creating an independent, and significantly more challenging, role for the instrument.”
At Rutgers Law School, Gold has been a Nathan Baker Mock Trial Competition winner, a Myron S. Harkavy Scholar for excellence in trial advocacy, a Saul A. Wittes Scholar, and publication editor of the Women’s Rights Law Reporter. He served as 2008-2009 president of the Student Bar Association, deciding to run for the office because “a student’s role should not be limited to the pursuit of academic excellence in the classroom, but should extend to the entire institutional structure though the application of one’s skills and resources for the betterment of one’s fellow students, the reputation of the institution, and those who may choose to attend the institution in the future.” As a transfer from the part-time to the full-time program, Gold also felt he would bring a valuable perspective to the position. Committed to expanding the school’s role in the community, he organized a Rutgers School of Law–Newark team for the 2009 Relay for Life sponsored by the American Cancer Society, an organization for which he has often done volunteer work.
“One of the best student papers I have ever received,” says NYSBA Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal editor about Gold’s article “Is There Any Way Home? A History and Analysis of the Legal Issues Surrounding the Repatriation of Artwork Displaced During the Holocaust.”
Elissa D. Hecker, Esq., editor of the EASL Journal, has described Gold’s paper as “one of the best student papers I have ever received.” The paper, she adds, “was an in-depth, well-written, and humanizing account of repatriated art from the Holocaust. It was unusual in that David seamlessly incorporated history with the legal aspects of the issues.”
Gold hopes to combine his background in arts performance, arts management, and the law to develop a practice focusing on legal issues faced by individual artists and arts organizations. After graduation, in addition to practicing in the litigation department at Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, P.A., he plans to continue his work with NJVLA as well as consulting on arts-related legal issues.