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The Musician's Legal Companion

The Musician's Legal Companion

ISBN 13: 9781598635072

ISBN 10: 1598635077

Author: Michael A. Aczon

Pages: 224

Published: 03/06/2008

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Don’t sign a recording contract before reading this book! The Musician’s Legal Companion, Second Edition gets to the core of the legal issues you need to know about, in clear, straightforward language. Here you’ll find easy-to-comprehend explanations of the four main contracts used in the music business: recording artist, songwriter, artist management, and performance. You’ll also discover how to make the relationship with your current or future attorney more fruitful and cost-effective. This new edition includes expanded coverage of topics such as the use of independent producers, 360° agreements, distribution and marketing agreements, how radio and other media fit into an artist’s career, film and television agreements, digital distribution, name and likeness agreements, merchandising agreements, and much, much more. With more than 25 years in the music business as a lawyer, educator, and writer, interacting with many musicians both personally and professionally, Michael A. Aczon shares the many lessons he’s learned and takes you on a journey to a better legal understanding of the entertainment industry and your music career.
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  • Provides the least intimidating and best overview/introduction tProvides the least intimidating and best overview/introduction to music law available. o Music Law available.
  • Explains concepts and provides essential legal advice in a conversational and easy-to-understand tone
  • The principles and subject matter of the book assume no legal/business experience at all, yet intermediate and advanced readers can still benefit from the book due to use of hypotheticals, provocative questions, and explanation of "new music industry" models.
  • The new edition includes expanded discussions of topics such as the use of independent producers, distribution and marketing agreements, how radio and other media fits into an artist's career, film and television agreements, digital distribution, "name and likeness" agreements, merchandising agreements, and much more.
Author Bio
Michael A. Aczon
Michael A. Aczon has practiced entertainment law and managed artists since 1983. Michael has written on the business of music for Guitar Player and Electronic Musician magazines. He was a contributing writer to the book The Independent Working Musician by Mary Cosola. He is a music industry studies faculty member at two colleges in California and lectures throughout the country on the entertainment industry. Michael lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Table of Contents
PART ONE: Pre-Production

Chapter 1: How To Use This Book
Chapter 2: A Legal Primer

PART TWO: The Four Agreements

Chapter 3: Songwriting and Music Publishing Agreements
Chapter 4: Recording Artist Agreements
Chapter 5: Artist-Management Agreements
Chapter 6: Performance Agreements

PART THREE: Business as Usual

Chapter 7: Business Entities
Chapter 8: Other People's Money
Chapter 9: Dispute Resolution

PART FOUR: Side Deals

Chapter 10: Declaration of Independents: A Self-Release Checklist
Chapter 11: Distribution and Promotions Agreements
Chapter 12: Care and Feeding of Your Entertainment Lawyer

EPILOGUE: Lessons Learned