Now for something a little different…
Besides running Law2sm, I have a private practice focused on intellectual property in art, music, and entertainment. I enjoy working with creative clients in these industries and helping them reach their dreams. It also allows me to run a periodic pro bono music law clinic at Nuci’s Space in Athens (http://www.nuci.org/). Our last one was held on February 24, 2012 as part of the Protect Athens Music program.
So I was very honored to receive a request to speak at the First Bro. Edmond Patterson Gospel Music Festival (http://www.pattersonfest.com/) on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the New Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA. I gave two presentations for musicians on “Protecting Your Music & Your Brand: The Legal Stuff Musicians Need to Know.” Although the focus was on the gospel genre, many of the principles I spoke about can be applied to any music genre.
The session covered copyrights and royalties, band formation, trademark and brand protection, publishing and recording agreements, 360 deals, agent/manager relationships, and different licensing opportunities in the new digital environment. For a great article on 360 deals click here: http://wjlta.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/thinking-outside-the-record-360-degree-deals-in-the-music-industry/.
One reference I shared with the attendees was a piece compiled by the Future of Music Coalition (http://futureofmusic.org/) entitled “42 Different Ways That Artists Can earn Money”. You can find a copy of the article here: http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2012/120215fortytwo.
Attendees, who were Gospel musicians and songwriters at various stages in their careers, left with a lot of valuable information and the knowledge that having an entertainment attorney in your corner is a good thing.
To request a copy of the handout send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Request for GospelFest Handout” in the subject line.