Kurt Dahl: The Music Lawyer

If you take your career in the music industry seriously and want honest, expert legal advice to take it to the next level, you’ve come to the right place.

With extensive involvement in the music industry as both a musician and an entertainment lawyer, I am able to share my unique experience and knowledge with you in order to make the absolute most of your career in the music business.

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I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some of the most talented and successful musicians, managers, record labels, publishing companies, and agents in the country, both big and small.

As a musician, I’ve toured North America frequently with my band One Bad Son, scored four top 10 singles, released 9 albums with various artists, and have worked closely with major industry players like 604 Records, The Agency Group, Frontside Group, Strut Entertainment, and manager Pierre Tremblay.

As a lawyer, I was an Associate at D’Eith and Company Entertainment Law for three years, providing comprehensive legal advice to a wide array of music clients throughout Canada and the US. I joined the team of experts at Murphy and Company in 2013, and have expanded my practice to include all aspects of the entertainment industry, with a focus on music, film, television, and technology.

As an academic, in 2009 I successfully defended my Master of Laws (LL.M.) thesis on the future of the music industry, and how musicians will continue to earn a living in the digital age. The entire thesis is available for free under the “Resources” page. I also obtained my Juris Doctorate (J.D.) and Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm) degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. I am currently a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan.

As a board member, I served on the Board of Directors for SaskMusic for 4 years before moving to Vancouver, working with fellow musicians to help them obtain grant funding, deal with legal issues, and effectively develop their careers. I was excited that the SaskMusic members re-elected me to the Board in 2015.

As a writer, my articles on the music industry have been published by Canadian Musician, DRUM! Magazine, SOCAN and dozens of other industry publications.

Music is my life, and the music industry is what I know. I look forward to sharing that knowledge with you, and making the most of your career.