Don’t Get Screwed Over : 3 Scenarios Where a Handshake Deal Isn’t Enough

Musicians often ask me when they need to “get it in writing” as opposed to just having a verbal agreement or handshake deal. The real answer to that question is that you should always get agreements in writing, but there are three frequently occurring scenarios where it’s essential. Doing so will provide you with much …

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Are You Sure You Own Your Masters?

What are Masters? Throughout the music business, master recordings or “masters” are typically regarded as to as the original or official recording of a performance fixed in a tangible medium like tape, ProTools file, or even mp3, from which copies can be made. Masters are usually recorded in a recording …

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Key Clauses in Management Agreements Part 3: Sunset Commissions

By:  Erin M. Jacobson, Esq. Last time I discussed commissions in management agreements, but what may be a surprise is that management agreements often also have another kind of commission involved – one that remains after the term of the agreement is long over and the manager and artist are no …

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Key Clauses in Management Agreements Part 2: Commissions

In a recent article I explained the term of a management agreement, and in this article I’ll discuss management commissions; arguably the other most important clause of a management agreement. The commission is the amount of money the artist will pay the manager under the contract. This is usually done as …

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Key Clauses in Management Agreements Part 1: Term

The artist-manager relationship is one of the most important relationships in an artist’s career. The manager has to “get” the artist and the artist’s artistic vision, but also needs to have the knowledge on how to translate that vision into something that will generate mass appeal and profits. The manager …

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Contract Language Explained: “In all media now known or hereafter devised”

By:  Erin M. Jacobson, Esq. It’s possible that you have seen or heard of the contract phrase “in all media now known or hereafter devised” or some similar variation. In music contracts, this language is usually used to define in what media your music can be used.  This phrase allows a …

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Musicians: If You Haven’t Registered With These 4 Services, You’re Missing Out on Your Money

There are several potential musician income streams that you’ll unfortunately never see if you don’t set yourself up to collect them. More established musicians have the same responsibility, but often have representatives taking care of these procedures for them, whereas independent musicians have to oversee royalty collection themselves. This means …

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