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.
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
Interesting presentation from very knowledgeable and experienced practicioners
informative and interesting
An interesting presentation with good explanations of the history of the recording business. Both of the attorneys are excellent.
Very informative, and really enjoyed them together as presenters.
Covered a lot of ground well.
Very interesting & well done.
Very good. My son is becoming a musician's manager. This will help him understand.
interesting...4 contracts discussed. talent shares monies with everybody. lots of contracts and accounting.
Both speakers seemed to express genuine enthusiasm for the subject matter.
Steve Gordon's presentation was top notch. Appreciate having the issues laid out and clearly explained.
This was an excellent course. Could they do a follow on american idol, glee and other talent shows?
Wow, so much info! Might need to watch this again after studying the PowerPoint.
The two speakers were very effective distributing the information.
Liked the practical examples and comments.
Excellent primer for any attorney desiring to enter industry. I like panel-type discussion.
Very interesting and informative but subject is too voluminous and complex for one hour program
Very interesting, thanks
Excellent presentation. Good primer on the business.
Very informative for the uninitiated.
Pretty complex contracts and percentages and income etc. You had better know what you're doing if you represent an upcoming artist!!!
I really enjoyed the cross conversational format. Both presenters we very well organinized and knowledgeable.
Really really good program
Very informative. Especially appreciated precise examples that included numbers.
Very knowledgable instructors
Very interesting and informative.
This course was very informative and I would highly recommend.
Highly technical and precise presentation.
Interesting facet of contracts
Terrific presentation for my beginner level.
This is an excellent primer on this area of entertainment law. Very useful techniques and suggestions.
Interesting topic. would be interested in more!