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How Important Is It That Your Manager Is “Famous?”

The following article has been reprinted with permission from True Talent PR: There are only a handful of “famous” managers – like Guy Oseary (who manages Madonna) or Paul McGuinness (who manages U2) or Irving Azoff who famously managed the Eagles as well as many other superstars (Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey), mainly AFTER they were […]

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eSports Sponsorship Agreements

Below are a few important provisions in eSports sponsorship agreements.  These provisions should typically be included in this type of contract. Exclusivity Teams and organizations usually want to have multiple sponsors, so exclusivity provisions must be worded carefully.  Sponsees should try to categorize the sponsorship narrowly so that they may offer exclusive sponsorship in a […]

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Option And Attachment Contracts

A producer may acquire rights in various types of underlying works by either “optioning” a work or becoming “attached” to it.  An option agreement will allow a producer to control a work and do things such as raise financing or enter into a distribution agreement.  Conversely, attachment agreements will not grant a producer any rights […]

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Important Legal Tips For Musicians

History has proven that many musicians are not the most savvy business people.  We’ve all heard the stories about the musicians who had a hit song but are now broke due to the fact that they signed a bad deal early in their career.  While it may be hard to resist signing the first deal […]

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Understanding Trademark Licensing Agreements

There are many reasons why you should explore the possibility of licensing your trademark if the opportunity to do so arises.  While different types of fee arrangements can be agreed on, trademark licensing fees will typically involve either flat fees or royalty payments.  In flat fee arrangements, the licensee will pay a set value in […]

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Artist Management Contracts: Five Key Terms

Five essential terms of an artist management agreement are briefly discussed below.  An artist management contract is highly negotiable and all artists should be weary of signing one without fully understanding them beforehand: Services With respect to including the precise services being provided by a manager, all of their specific duties are not typically listed […]

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Music Producer Contracts: An Overview

Usually, a producer is paid by the number of master recordings completed, by the hour, or with a flat fee. They will likely ask for a royalty from the sale of the record as well. These issues must be agreed upon ahead of time and put into a written contract. The producer’s flat fee will […]

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Music Sampling: An Overview

The process of “sampling” is frequently used by music producers in the music industry. However, sampling of a copyrighted song without permission from the owner is still illegal. If you use samples in your music, you must obtain legal permission to use it. This process is known as sample clearance. If you fail to get […]

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360 Music Agreements: An Overview

In almost all 360 deals, a music artist should be paid a monetary advance ranging from a small figure to millions of dollars. All or part of this advance could be applied against numerous sources of income derived from the artist’s efforts. With focus moving to how different revenue streams will be shared, the manner […]

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Film Distribution Deals: What You Need To Know

Here are a few topics that should be addressed in a distribution agreement between a producer and film distributor: Payment.  If there is an advance or a minimum guarantee, it will likely be paid in installments based on milestone events. When the milestones are within the distributor’s control, the producer should insist on an outside […]

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