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Professional Musician's Legal Companion

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ISBN-10: 1932929010

ISBN-13: 9781932929010

Edition: 2005

Authors: Michael Aczon

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Avoid the legal pratfalls musicians often fall into when navigating the rough waters of the music industry. Attorney Michael Aczon delivers common-sense understanding to his readers by explaining what to sign, what not to sign, what common music and other entertainment contract language means (in plain English) and when to seek the advice of a qualified music industry attorney. Whether you are new to the music business, or an experienced professional, The Musician's Legal Companion will teach you something you don't know, confirm what you do and help you avoid legal headaches so you can concentrate on your music (business!).
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning
Publication date: 5/17/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

How to Use This Book
A Legal Primer
Personal Rights
Property Rights
Trademark and Copyright
The Four Agreements
Recording Artist Agreements
What Is Included in the Catalog?
Who Owns What?
Administration Rights
Songwriting Commitment
Advances and Recoupments
Varations on a Theme: The Timing of Your Publishing Deal
Reversions, Revisions, and Restrictions
Artist Agreements
Background Material
Exclusive versus Non-Exclusive
Contract or Lockdown?
Creative Control
Promotional Commitments
Royalties and Advances
Recoupable Costs
Royalties Revisited
Alternatives: Independent Record Companies
Alternatives: Production Agreements
Alternatives: Development Deals
Artist-Management Agreements
Paying the Piper
Industry Promotion
The Exit Plan
Performance Agreements
Scope of Performance
Where and When?
Passing the Hat
Travel and Accommodations
Contract Riders
Liability to Your Audience
No-Show Penalties
Side Musicians
Other Personnel
Business As Usual
Business Entities
Going It Alone
Partnerships: All for One, One for All
Corporations and Limited Liability Companies
Joint Ventures
Non-Profit Corporations
Get It in Writing
Other People's Money
The Five Financial Fallacies
Characterizing the Cash
Dispute Resolution
Assess the Damage
Small Claims Court
Heading Off Trouble
Side Deals
Declaration of Independents: A Self-Release Checklist
Artist Agreements
Consignment Agreements
Consulting Agreements
Copyright Filings
Courtesy Letters
Distribution Agreements
Manufacturing and Printing Agreements
Master Licenses for Compilations
Mechanical Licenses
Money Agreements
Musician/Vocalist/Model Releases
Music Publishing
Performing Rights Society Notification
Producer Agreements
Promotion Agreements
Publicity Campaign Agreements
Studio Agreements
The Price of Freedom
Care and Feeding of Your Entertainment Lawyer
Lawyer Shopping
Specialties within a Specialty
Epilogue: Lessons Learned
Surround Yourself with Talent
The Artist Is Your Access
Don't Wear Out Your Welcome
Prepare Yourself Before Jumping into the Industry
Keep Learning and Then Teach What You've Learned by Example
Take Some Chances
Your Chosen Family Is Everything