Performers need to protect both their short-term interests
and long-term career goals through sound planning and consideration of basic business, contract, and intellectual property
principles. Aspiring artists need to be careful when signing contracts. Initial artist contracts are typically one-sided and
unfair - locking up-and-coming artists into exclusive contracts that can last for decades, as well as create a situation
where these individuals or groups are exploited and taken advantage of for their entire careers.
We provide comprehensive legal services that include assistance with copyright protection and licensing,
recording, distribution and publishing agreements, advertising and promotional issues, and if necessary, litigation
before state and
federal courts and administrative agencies. We
are located in Encino, and Beverly Hills California, conveniently close to the entertainment communities of Los Angeles County.
Attorney Alan Abergel is an avid music fan, acoustic and electric
guitar player, drummer, and a home studio owner, and so has a great appreciation for musicians. In
addition to having a law degree, Mr. Abergel is also a graduate of Towson University, Maryland’s
mass communications/radio broadcasting program, in which Mr. Abergel took many audio and production techniques courses.
Mr. Abergel’s law school thesis explored the issue of Copyright Termination Rights In The “Loanout” Corporation’s Context. Mr. Abergel is a member of National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP), the California Copyright Conference (CCC), and The Recording Academy (GRAMMY).
We provide the following legal services to musicians and music industry companies:
Artist partnership, investor,
and shareholder or member agreements
- Brand name protection, trademarks, and service marks
- Registering copyrights for content
- General music business
and music law advice
- Agent / manager / publicist / producer representation agreements
- Recording agreements
- Contract negotiations involving songwriters, musicians,
bands, producers, and other parties
- Management agreements
- Publishing agreements
- Music industry litigation
before state and federal courts and administrative agencies.
of partnerships, LLCs, and corporations for band members, record labels, music studios, publishing companies, talent agencies,
music marketing & PR companies, and all other music business ventures.
- Outside general counsel to do it yourself and indie musicians and music industry entrepreneurs.
- Outside general counsel to music industry companies, including legal services concerning business law, intellectual property, licensing, contracts,
real estate/zoning/construction, bankruptcy, and litigation.
- Purchase, sale, and merger of music industry businesses.
of borrowers and lenders in lending transactions secured by music catalogues and copyright assets.
Probate litigation concerning decedents’ estates containing music catalogs
and copyright assets.
Bankruptcy petitions and litigation concerning estates containing music catalogs and other
Zoning and land use matters concerning the music industry such as, zoning of recoding studios,
rehearsal studios, musical instrument stores, and music lessons’ businesses.
Real estate matters concerning the music
industry such as, commercial leases, purchase and sale of commercial properties, and real estate litigation.
We rarely shop demos to record or publishing companies. Mr. Abergel is a fan of bands and artists such as The Smiths, Soundgarden, The Pixies, Yes, and early Kate Bush, and guitar players such as, Johnny Marr, Kim Thayil, Steve Howe, and John McGeoch. So, if you are as good a musician as the musicians mentioned above,
(not necessarily in the same genre) we may consider shopping your demo on contingency.
Here is a great music business article written by the legendary Smiths guitar player and songwriter,
Johnny Marr, titled, “The outsiders: Misfits and mavericks who make music magical.”
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