5 Things to Look for in a Music Producer Agreement

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So, you’ve found the perfect producer for your upcoming recording project. Great news. Now the producer sends over a 10-page contract full of legalese regarding record royalties, songwriting splits, SoundExchange revenues, producer advances and more. Before you enter the studio, here are some key points to look for and understand: 1) Who Owns the Masters? First and foremost, you should … Read More

Why Every Band Needs a Band Agreement

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A Band Agreement is likely the most important agreement you can sign in a band. I say this based on my years as both an entertainment lawyer and a band member. It costs relatively little, and could save you thousands upon thousands of dollars (and a great deal of headache) years down the road. Yet most bands do not think about … Read More

How to Legally Post Cover Songs to YouTube

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YouTube is full of cover songs. From indie artists to toddlers to superstars, some of the most viewed videos on the Internet happen to be of cover songs. In the past week, I’ve been listening to and watching a ton of cover songs of the man himself, Leonard Cohen. [Fun fact: both Cohen’s and Jeff Buckley’s recordings of ‘Hallelujah’ were flops upon … Read More

Should Your Band Trademark Your Band Name?

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    Is it worthwhile for musicians to obtain a band trademark? When you think of bands like The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Metallica, the Ramones, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Aerosmith, KISS, and Iron Maiden, their logos and brands are immediately identifiable and familiar. These brands also happen to be worth millions. The trademark of a band name or logo serves to … Read More

Should Musicians Give Their Producer Songwriting Credit?

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A very common question I get asked by my musician friends and clients is whether they should give their producer songwriting credit on songs they’ve produced. This question brings up a key distinction to be drawn between the Songwriting Copyright and the Sound Recording Copyright. Record Points vs. Songwriting Points Rather than give their producer songwriting points, recording artists would traditionally give their producer … Read More

Arena Shows with Judas Priest!!

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We just got off stage at the Brandt Centre in Regina opening for Judas Priest, and it was one of the best shows of our career!! Rob Halford came to our dressing room before the set and introduced himself, and knew our names (!) and a bit about the band. What an honour, and what a true gem of a … Read More