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Music Law: How to Run Your Band’s Business Reviews

Music Law: How to Run Your Band’s Business

If you belong to a band and love the art of your job, but sing the blues when it comes to the business, you need Music Law. Composed by musician and lawyer Richard Stim, the book explains how to:

* book performances
* choose a name and protect its use
* copyright song lyrics
* establish legal ownership of songs
* sample legally
* sign contracts
* write a band partnership agreement
* sell CDs, tapes and other recordings
* and much more

Music Law provides all the legal information and practical advice musicians need. This edition includes a new chapter on everything a band needs to go online, covering website development, band domain names, webcasting and streaming audio, selling music online and more.

All the legal forms and agreements musicians need are included, as tear-outs and on CD-ROM.Some musicians recoil at the thought that their band is a business. They believe that their music is their art, and don’t want to sully it with commerce. That’s all well and good–but wouldn’t you give up your day job if you had the chance? Music Law can help you see your band as a business and turn it into a successful one. Musician and attorney Richard Stim has filled this useful book with helpful advice on solving disputes between band members, dealing with lawyers, managers, and record companies, and even the increasingly important matter of sample clearance. The advice is extremely thorough; for example, the chapter on band names includes information on researching your band’s name to ensure it isn’t already in use, what happens if two bands have the same name, and even how to register your band’s name and logo. Because he advises getting all agreements in writing, Stim has provided dozens of sample agreement forms, both as blank hard copies in the book and as templates on the enclosed disk. Throughout the book, Stim provides important legal advice, all translated from stilted legalese into simple English. Both big and little names get into these difficulties sometimes; the book is peppered with cautionary tales of real musicians and their legal squabbles. Music Law can help you avoid such pitfalls and get your band’s business running smoothly–so you might be able to quit that day job, after all. –C.B. Delaney

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State of the Record Industry to Be Discussed During SXSW Legal Panels; Lommen Abdo Firm Helps Drive Legal Stars and New Bands to Annual Austin Summit


    Sponsored again in part by the entertainment department of the Minneapolis-Manhattan law firm of Lommen, Abdo, Cole, King & Stageberg, P.A., the legal panels this year will explore heated topics such as:

— What is the Future of Record Companies and Artist Deals?

— Is Technology Leading the Music Business Around By the Nose?

— Are 360 Deals Justified?

— Music Law Ethics – Really?

Support for the program is also provided by the GRAMMY(R) Foundation, Entertainment Law Initiative, the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and The Recording Academy’s GRAMMYs(R) on the Hill. The CLE Program is being organized by Program Director Nels Jacobson of the Troy, Michigan firm Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C., and Lommen Abdo Vice President, Ken Abdo, Panels Coordinator. Jacobson notes that “the SXSW CLE program is a natural extension of the original purpose of the conference — to showcase as much great music as possible, while providing substantive, cutting- edge industry information and an opportunity to conduct serious business.”

Abdo explains that, “With declining CD sales and the ongoing evolution of digital entertainment media and devices, the panels press the hot button issues that are igniting the music industry: Music makers, executives, reporters and fans will get substantial insights into the shape of industry through attending these discussions. Furthermore, with two days, eight panels and 20 expert music lawyers, the CLE panels have become a major part of the conference panel programming and very well attended. Any registrants — not just lawyers — are welcome to attend without additional charge. The room always holds an interesting collection of music-types from artists to executives, from suits to sweatshirts.”

Another Lommen Abdo colleague, Paul Bezilla, will be moderating the panel about the fairness of so-called “360-Deals” — a new record business model in which a label takes a percentage of artist revenue other than on the sale of the recordings, including merchandising, touring and publishing. Lommen Abdo partner, Dan Satorius, a leading attorney in the independent film world, will address contract and union issues earlier in the week on March 9 during the SXSW Film Festival, from 1-2 p.m. And Abdo and Bob Donnelly will explore the boundaries of proactively representing developing bands in their tag-team music law ethics panel.

“Ultimately SXSW is a music festival,” Abdo continues. “Lommen Abdo celebrates live performance, sponsors stages, and invites everyone to see the talented musicians we represent who will be showcasing around town during SXSW. While we represent artists worldwide, these are the ones chosen as true rising stars. We are also proud to represent legendary recording artist Johnny Rivers (The “Secret Agent Man”) who will be a featured interview during the conference on March 13.

Lommen Abdo Showcase artists include:

— Ruby Jane Smith (Mississippi / Texas), a 13 year-old fiddler and a fast-rising star in the landscape of country and bluegrass-Americana music who is also a featured performer in the stage show “A Ride with Bob” fronted by Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel).

— 17-year-old singer-songwriter Maren Morris (Arlington TX), whom Maverick Magazine (UK) said “…conjures Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Natalie Maines” while the Fort Worth Weekly called her “…a tiny hurricane of blue-eyed soul…”

— The Melismatics Precise power pop punk rockers from Minneapolis (

For more information — or to interview Ken Abdo or his colleagues about any issues raised during or after the SXSW event — please contact Martin Keller, Media Savant Communications Co., 612-729-8585,

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