Entertainment

Entertainment

The entertainment industry is evolving at a rapid pace, creating unique challenges for musicians, businesses, and creatives of all kind. At the same time, there are unprecedented opportunities within the current digital landscape to create, package, and distribute content to consumers with ease.

Whether you are a performer, songwriter, producer, record label, music publisher, manager, theatre, social media influencer, or TV/film producer, we are here to guide you through this complex and dynamic terrain, ensuring you avoid pitfalls and make solid business decisions now to maximize revenue streams and create opportunities for the future.

Contract Drafting and Review

We are experienced in drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts within the entertainment industry, with a focus on music. Specifically, we draft and review contracts such as:

  • Recording and Licensing Agreements
  • Music Publishing Agreements
  • Management Agreements
  • Performance Engagement Agreements
  • Producer and Beat Agreements/Licenses
  • Production Agreements
  • Mixer Agreements
  • Sponsorship and Endorsement Agreements
  • Band Partnership Agreements
  • Co-writer / Collaboration Agreements
  • Composer Agreements
  • Side Artist Agreements
  • Joint Venture and Partnership Agreements

Business Advisory and Corporate Law Services

We provide general business advisory and corporate law services to creatives and businesses within the entertainment industry. This includes:

  • Incorporations and advice related to business structures
  • Trademark filings
  • Counsel related to copyrights and revenue streams
  • Advice related to licensing requirements and tariffs
  • Acquisition and clearance of intellectual property
  • IP enforcement and dispute resolution
  • Tax

Education

Knowledge is power. We are passionate about educating creatives and businesses within the entertainment industry, and are always eager to share our knowledge and experience at legal information sessions, guest lectures, conferences and private events. We are frequent presenters at industry events across the country on emerging issues in music law, copyrights, recording/publishing, and considerations when running a business in the entertainment industry.

Articles & Insights

Presented With a Music Contract? Ask Yourself These Five Questions

Being presented with a contract in the music industry, whether a big deal or small, can be both exciting and anxiety inducing. There are many different types of deals you might see throughout your career in the music business, such as management, recording, distribution, publishing, etc. These contracts can be long, complex, and filled with annoyingly dense legalese. However, when presented with a music contract, take a deep breath, and start by asking yourself the following 5 questions, which will help you assess the contract at the early stages (although not a replacement to having a music lawyer review in detail!).

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Sound Recording Copyright Vs. Musical Work Copyright

Subject to granting an assignment of copyright/license to a music publisher or record label, the author of the musical work (i.e. songwriter) will generally be the owner of the musical work copyright, while the performer of the song on the record and/or producer will generally be the owner of the sound recording copyright (referred to as the “maker” under the Copyright Act).

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