Erin M. Jacobson, Esq. speaking at 2017 Taxi Road Rally

IAR Owner and Founder, Erin M. Jacobson, Esq. will be speaking at the 2017 Taxi Road Rally, November 3-4, 2017! Here is her schedule: Friday, November 3, 2017 from 2:45-4:15 pm / La Guardia Room (Mezzanine Level / 2nd Floor) Don’t Get Screwed! How to Protect Yourself as an Independent Musician with Erin …

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The Most Common Types of Music Publishing Agreements Explained!

All music starts with a composition, which is one of the reasons why I love the area of music publishing. Despite the low streaming rates, there is still a lot of activity and money to be made on the publishing side of music. Whether you are a writer signing with …

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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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Who gets a Writing Percentage?

If you write your own music, you may want to ask yourself:  are you giving away a writing percentage to people who didn’t write with you? The common practice of giving people a songwriting percentage who didn’t contribute to a song is becoming even more frequent in the music business. …

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Don’t Give Songwriting Credit to People That Didn’t Earn It (Why You Need a Split Sheet)

A Songwriter Split Agreement is one of the most important agreements for any musician sharing songwriting credit with others. A Songwriter Split Agreement will allow you to clearly indicate the percentage each co-writer owns of a composition.  This protects your interest in the composition and also reduces any confusion or arguments regarding …

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