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Music and Entertainment Law

If you are a musician or musical group, actor, filmmaker, writer, artist, entertainer, or small entertainment company, you have unique problems and concerns that require knowledge of industry practices and terms.

Offering Music and Entertainment Law Services

Creating music, film, literature, or art and performing those creations is very personal. You want to protect that creativity and market and sell your work in the most effective way possible. At Carter & Tani, Attorneys at Law, we are committed to protecting your interests in your creativity and advocating on your behalf. The contract negotiations, intellectual property protection, and business transactions necessary to afford you a sustainable career as an artist and performer require the legal skills that our firm can provide. Contact Carter & Tani, Attorneys at Law if you are artist interested in protecting your creations. We will help you take the necessary precautions to protect your creations and grow your career.

Representing Music and Entertainment Clients with Contract Negotiations

Whether you are an individual, a performance group, or a small entertainment company, you will enter into contracts, either drafted by you or another party. We can assist you in contract drafting, contract review and negotiation, and due diligence planning, in order to protect your rights. We can help draft and review numerous agreements, including:

  • Publishing Agreements
  • Recording Agreements
  • Talent Representation Agreements
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Personal Management Agreements
  • Business Management Agreements
  • Music Licensing Agreements
  • Sponsorship Agreements
  • Endorsement Agreements

Intellectual Property Registration, Licensing, and Protection for Music and Entertainment Clients

Trademarks

Your fans and clients may associate your name or the name of your band, performance group or small entertainment company with words, logos, taglines and the colors and sounds associated with them. There is a lot of value in this association, and you will want to protect that value. Contact us for trademark registration, licensing, and protection.

Copyrights

As artists, the music you compose, words you write, or art you conceptualize is personal and a reflection of hard work. There is value in your creations and you will want to protect that value. Contact us for copyright registration, licensing, and protection.

Trade Secrets

As a small entertainment company, artist or musician, you will have client lists and processes that you will want protected. We offer comprehensive services, including:

  • Creating a Trade Secrets protection program
  • Identifying Trade Secrets
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Noncompetition Agreements

Our lawyers are detail-oriented and thorough in assisting bands, performance groups, and small entertainment companies with the complexities of protecting your trademarks, copyrightable material, trade secrets and other intellectual property.

Handling General Business Needs for Music and Entertainment Clients

As a musician or musical group, actor, filmmaker, writer, artist, entertainer, or small entertainment company, you will face some similar issues that all small businesses face. In addition to the issues listed above, we can help address other important legal issues, including:

  • Business Formation (e.g. LLCs or Corporations)
  • Business Transactions
  • Business Governance (e.g. Operating Agreements or Partnership Agreements)
  • Commercial Lease (e.g. Vehicle Leases or Space Leases)

Our lawyers are detail-oriented and thorough in assisting small businesses with the complexities of business formation, transactions, and governance in the music and entertainment industry.

Contact Us for Music and Entertainment Law Services

We will work diligently to protect your best interests while you create relationships with record companies, publishing companies, talent agents, personal managers, and business managers. Attorney Alissa Carter Verson's understanding of the music industry, based on undergraduate and Master's degrees in music business and relevant industry internships will help you in navigating through the legal complexities you may face.