Join Richard Stim for an in-depth discussion in this video Hiring a lawyer, part of Music Law: Managing a Band's Business.
- At some point,…your band may need an attorney's advice,…and the best way to locate one…is through referrals from other bands, or musicians.…It is also possible to locate, interview,…and hire a music attorney through a lawyer referral service.…For example, California Lawyers for the Arts…runs a referral service that specializes…in entertainment and patent attorneys.…The Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts,…VLA in New York City, vlany.org,…also maintains a national directory…of various organizations offering legal assistance…for musicians.…
In addition, there are numerous online legal directories…such as Avvo and Justia…that offer online referrals.…Keep in mind that a referral service…cannot guarantee the quality of the attorney's services.…Interview the attorney to determine…if he or she has the experience necessary…to handle your task.…Find out information about fees,…and if you decide to retain the attorney,…make sure your fee agreement is with the band partnership,…not an individual member.…
This reduces the chances of a conflict of interest,…
It starts with what it means to be the manager of a band, and what types of business structures are available for bands. Once you've decided on a business structure, you can create a band partnership agreement that covers voting rights, postbreakup scenarios, new members, and terms for resolving disputes. Richard also exposes potential sources of disputes, like ownership of the band name, songs, equipment, and recordings. He includes advice on negotiating solid band contracts and managing financial basics: taxes, income, cash flow, and bookkeeping. Finally, he'll address how to protect your work, including your copyrights, band name, and songs, and explains how to find a lawyer—and save money on attorney fees.
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- Putting together a band partnership agreement
- Working out ownership disputes
- Limiting band liability
- Protecting your copyrights and band name
- Hiring a lawyer