Music

Legal Protection and Career Guidance

For artists like you, music is a form of expression, an art. For others in the music industry, however, it’s a highly competitive business. So it is unsurprising that artists, musicians, writers, and performers often find themselves on opposite sides from producers, music labels, distributors, promoters, and the rest of the recording industry. Quite simply, your needs and their needs are different….and it is important that your rights are protected so that you aren’t taken advantage of.  If that wasn’t enough, the radically changed nature of the music business presents its own challenges and opportunities.  Piracy is up. Sales are down.  Music is becoming a streaming business and royalties are slim.  On the other hand, there are many more options for developing your musical career.  The major entertainment companies are not the only game in town anymore.  With more options come more decisions, and those decisions are ever more important.

Kelley Law Group takes a long-term view of your career, making recommendations with foresight and planning for a bright future. Our services include guidance for such complex issues as:

  • Copyright and song split resolution
  • Digital rights management/New media technology
  • Producer agreements
  • Recording agreements
  • Management agreements
  • Appearance obligations
  • Music Publishing agreements
  • Touring
  • Merchandising
  • Licensing
  • Marketing
  • Dispute resolution

We can also assist you with special considerations such as audits, royalty tracking and much more. We’re here to help you – so if you have questions – just ask us.

Legal Protection for Music Companies

In addition to helping individuals in music, we also provide services to small and mid-size companies that have built their business around music, such as independent music publishers and record labels, production companies, and management companies.

Services include:

  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Licensing
  • Complex Transaction Negotiations
  • Content Acquisition
  • New Media Technology and Licensing
  • Intellectual Property Protection and Business Strategy
  • Employment Agreements