Got an Entertainment Law Attorney?
by Christopher Knab - Fourfront
Media & Music - August 2011
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The business of getting signed to any deal in the music business has
always had the involvement of
entertainment law attorneys.
No jokes will be inserted here,
because any relationship between a musician, a record label, a
publisher, a merchandiser etc. will come down to two attorneys hashing
out the contract for the musician and the respective companies. When all
is said in done with the 'courting' process, the musician is never
present during the actual negotiations.
The musician's attorney
and the music company's attorney meet, talk over the phone, and
fax/email their offers and counter-offers amongst themselves.
fact serves to remind you that choosing a reputable, ethical, well
respected attorney with lots of deal-making experience within the music
industry is an absolute necessity for any serious musician who wishes to
fight the good fight in the legal arena.
You may not need an
attorney right now, but you should find out what lawyers are available
to you in your area. A good place to start your research is talking to
some local bands/musicians, and asking who they use and what their
experience with them was like.
Trust only those lawyers that have a reputation of being trustworthy.
Christopher Knab is an independent music business consultant based in Seattle, Washington. He
is available for private consultations on promoting and marketing independent music, and can be reached by email at: email@example.com
Chris Knab's new book, 'Music Is Your Business'
is available NOW from the Music Biz Academy bookstore.
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