The Four Most Important Agreements in the Recording & Music Publishing Industries

Production Date: January 07, 2016 Practice Areas: Sports & Entertainment Law Estimated Length: 3668 minutes


$ 59 Sports & Entertainment Law In Stock

Contracts are essential to the music business. Over the years four “standard” forms of agreement have emerged that apply to relationships between the principal players in the business, that is, artists, songwriters, and producers on the talent side, and managers, record companies and music publishers on the business side. These contracts are an artist’s recording agreement with a record company, the management contract between a manager and talent, a producer contract with a label or with an artist at the direction of a label, and a music publishing agreement with a writer.


Countless hours are spent negotiating monies payable under the agreements and the details of other terms, but the basic legal and business relationships between these parties are largely defined by and generally fall within the parameters of the standard form agreements.


Generally there are two kinds of standard agreements – one pro talent and the other favoring the manager, record company or publisher as the case may be. In this seminar, entertainment law attorney and returning Lawline Faculty Member Steven Gordon joins music lawyer Bob Celestin to discuss the standard terms of these contracts and the best positions, regarding each key term, for talent and the best position for the other side to better prepare you to represent talent or the manager, label or publisher as the case may be.


Learning Objectives: 

I.     Gain an overview of the most important agreements in the music business

II.    Identify the main deal points and legal issues in those agreements

III.   Grasp the new choices and methods of distribution in the record business

IV.   Know how to best represent your clients in the music business

V.   Identify the major sources of income from music recordings and songs and how those monies are paid and to whom


Paul A.
Colorado Springs, CO

Interesting presentation from very knowledgeable and experienced practicioners

Julie T.
Captain Co0k, HI

informative and interesting

Rhonda R.
Memphis, TN

An interesting presentation with good explanations of the history of the recording business. Both of the attorneys are excellent.

Andrew S.
Far Hills, NJ

Good program.

Steven R.
Western Springs, IL

Very Informative

Anita O.
Los Angeles, CA

Very informative, and really enjoyed them together as presenters.

David N.
Burbank, CA

Covered a lot of ground well.

Larry S.

Very interesting & well done.

Frank R.
Houston, TX

Very good. My son is becoming a musician's manager. This will help him understand.

arthur f.
Omak, WA

interesting...4 contracts discussed. talent shares monies with everybody. lots of contracts and accounting.

Kathryn S.
San Francisco, CA

great job!!

Robert L.
San Antonio, TX


tim r.
Seattle, WA

Both speakers seemed to express genuine enthusiasm for the subject matter.

Erika A.
Berkeley, CA

Steve Gordon's presentation was top notch. Appreciate having the issues laid out and clearly explained.

Daphne Marie C.
Houston, TX

Great info!

Michael B.
Chicago, IL

This was an excellent course. Could they do a follow on american idol, glee and other talent shows?

Julie C.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Wow, so much info! Might need to watch this again after studying the PowerPoint.

Thuy-Linh N.
Dallas, TX

The two speakers were very effective distributing the information.

Alan L.
Marshall, TX

Liked the practical examples and comments.

omar e.
Chicago, IL

Excellent primer for any attorney desiring to enter industry. I like panel-type discussion.

Nicholas D.
Scottsdale, AZ

Very interesting and informative but subject is too voluminous and complex for one hour program

Bruce N.
Lehi, UT

Very interesting, thanks

Mark V.

Excellent presentation. Good primer on the business.

Ana M. M.
New York, NY

Excellent presentations!

Phil S.
Houston, TX

Very informative for the uninitiated.

Lee H.
Arlinghton heights, IL

Pretty complex contracts and percentages and income etc. You had better know what you're doing if you represent an upcoming artist!!!

Jordan H.
Aurora, IL

I really enjoyed the cross conversational format. Both presenters we very well organinized and knowledgeable.

Meri G.
Bend, OR

Really really good program

Shara L.
Los Angeles, CA

Very informative. Especially appreciated precise examples that included numbers.

William H.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Very knowledgable instructors

Jason M.
Brooklyn, NY

Very good

Henry S. S.
Rochester, NY

Very interesting and informative.

JoAnn S.
Floral Park, NY

This course was very informative and I would highly recommend.

Dane R.
Hanover, PA

Highly technical and precise presentation.

Dennis G.

Interesting facet of contracts

Susan G.

Terrific presentation for my beginner level.

Mark C.
Forest Hills, NY


Saneda W.
Lexington, KY

Excellent course

Croton on Hudson, NY

This is an excellent primer on this area of entertainment law. Very useful techniques and suggestions.

Keith B.
Valley Stream, NY

It's great

Elaine D.
Edmonton, AL

Interesting topic. would be interested in more!