Category Archives: Business/Legal

Entertainment Lawyer? I Can’t Afford That…Can I?

Having a good lawyer is not a luxury reserved for the musical elite…or any other elite, for that matter.  You might think you don’t really need a lawyer because you and/or your band are just small potatoes compared to power acts like U2 and the Black Eyed Peas…

…you’d be wrong.   Read the rest of this entry


Songwriters and Publishers Get Royalties…What About Performers?

Oops!  I made a slight mistake.  In paragraph 2, the new performance royalties include satellite radio, cable TV radio stations AND certain types of internet broadcasts.  Sorry about the missing info…by all means, continue reading. 🙂

Performance royalties for sound recordings…this is a fairly new concept here in the United States, even though this type of royalty has been in place in Europe just as long as standard performance royalties (the ones collected in the U.S. by standard performing rights organizations or PROs such as ASCAP and BMI).  Yeah, we can be a little slow sometimes.  In 1995, the Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act (DPRA) was passed and we started to catch up a little.   Read the rest of this entry

Indie Musicians and Bands…Don’t Miss Sync Up 2011!

Jazz Fest is almost upon us and that also brings the Sync Up Conference.  The conference is put on by the Jazz Fest Foundation and takes place each Friday and Saturday morning during Jazz Fest at the New Orleans Museum of Art.  It’s FREE to attend, BUT you have to register in advance because seating is limited.  If you won’t be in NOLA, they’ll also be streaming the panels live on the web via Liveset.  They have great panel discussions and you’ll learn an awful lot.  Don’t miss it…at this price, you can’t go wrong.

To learn more and/or register, click here.