Do’s and Don’t’s

Nothing is Free! Record companies can make the once ordinary and everyday person morph into the next America’s Most Loved, Most Beautiful, or Most Sexy Person of the Year. Artists should know that record labels do not shell out money for wardrobe, stylists, dentists, plastic surgeons and etc. at no cost. You should consider these […]

Put It In Writing Many of my entertainment clients seem to want to be more than artists, they also have a desire to be attorneys. Ok maybe not, but it seems that they may want to, because I repeatedly see people who have drafted their own legal documents or they have made an oral agreement […]

The Public Domain: Royalty Free Music At some point every song we have heard will fall into the public domain and be free for anyone to use. What is the public domain? This is an imaginary lace where music goes that is not protected by copyright. As I have stated in a previous are from […]

Do’s and Don’ts: Trademarks “Register Now, Don’t Wait!” The quickest way to identify someone’s product is by their logo or their packaging design. This is why it is important for companies to protect their marks and identifiers by registering their marks. Companies spend millions of dollars on making their products unique. They understand that it […]

Joint Works: Who Owns What??? Let’s start with the basics. Joint works are works that have been created by the joint efforts of two or more people. At the time of the creation of the work there was the intent that either creator wanted to merge their work with another person. When you have joint […]

“I Want It All: 360 Deals” Well I know this article is very late, blame it on me getting ready for the hip-hop weekend events and my last two very busy weeks at work. This week I want to talk about a topic that many of you like to inquire about or are so excited […]

“Branding Your Business, Branding Yourself” The first thing you notice when you are in an unfamiliar town are the places you have seen a million times: the McDonalds or the neighborhood Wal-mart. These companies have established a brand for their business. A brand that sells their products and the brand helps you distinguish their products […]

We have already discussed building the right team in a previous article, but I think we should get a little more in depth on at least one team member… the Personal Manager or “PM.” Next to your personal assistant, this team member is likely the one you see or talk to on a daily basis. […]

DEAL or NO DEAL: What you should look for in your record deal? I am sure you have watched or at least heard of the hit show “Deal or No Deal” hosted by Howie Mandel. The contestants take risks when choosing which case to open as they compete for monetary prizes. Once you sign your […]

BUILDING A SOLID FOUNDATION You wouldn’t build your home upon sand, gravel or water without the proper foundation. We all know the affects of building upon unsolid ground, the structure will eventually tumble down. Just as you hire a contractor to make sure each dimension of your home’s foundation is sound, so that your family […]

Do’s and Don’ts: DRAFTING THE RIGHT TEAM Many of you have messaged me and asked about what qualities you should look for when choosing a manager and other professionals that you may need during the course of your career. First, I think you need to understand their purpose and for the purposes of this legal […]

I THINK THAT SOUNDS FAMILIAR??? Sampling Music 101 Have you ever been riding in your car and a new song comes on the radio and you think to yourself, “Where have I heard this before?” Even when you just can’t put your finger on it, there’s something about that song that’s clearly familiar. It may […]

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