The Brooks Pierce law firm is excited to sponsor the 2017 DIY Musician Conference, taking place August 25-27 in the Music City!
Brooks Pierce’s entertainment lawyers Coe W. Ramsey and Thomas Varnum will be available throughout the Conference to discuss legal issues for musicians, songwriters, producers, managers, and others in the music industry. Learn more about our entertainment law practice here and check out our music and entertainment law blog – DJCounsel.com.
Please be sure to visit Coe and Thomas in the Exhibit Hall to receive a complimentary copy of our Musician’s Legal Handbook. Our Musician’s Legal Handbook provides an overview of the law applicable to artists, musicians, and others in the music business, and includes a free “work-for-hire” sample form agreement.
Coe and Thomas will also be available throughout the Conference for private consultations, as described below.
We look forward to meeting you!
Private Legal Consultations
During the Conference, we will be offering private legal consultations from a menu of consultation services.
- Do you need a band partnership agreement? A producer agreement? A song collaboration agreement (i.e., split sheet)? A management agreement?
- Do you have questions about protecting your band’s name?
- Do you need help registering the copyrights for your songs?
- Do you already have an agreement you’d like a lawyer to review? Are you in a dispute with another member of your band?
Schedule a time to consult with us about your legal needs during the Conference. Consultations from the menu below are offered to Conference attendees at deeply discounted rates.
Each private consultation will be scheduled for a 30-minute period. Where applicable and as indicated in the menu descriptions below, the consultation will include a custom document/agreement, which will be provided after the consultation. You may sign up for more than 1 consultation.
All consultations are subject to appropriate conflict checks. If you think you might be interested in a private consultation, please sign up now so that we can run appropriate conflict searches in advance of the Conference. Brooks Pierce must ensure that we don’t have a conflict in representing you during the consultation. You can change your mind later—there is no obligation.
Menu of Legal Consultation Services Available for 2017 DIY Musician Conference Attendees
- Band Agreement - Early bird rate $245; Conference rate $295: Are you in a band? Do you have a written agreement among the band members? Do you know who owns the band’s music? Do you know who owns the band name? If you don’t have a written agreement among your band members, the answers to these questions are about as clear as mud and likely not what you think they are. In fact, you and your band members may be in a “general partnership” under the law. During the consultation, we will discuss common legal issues and options that band members should address. After the consultation, we will provide a custom Band Agreement for your band. The pricing for this consultation is limited to bands with up to 4 band members—for bands with more than 4 members, there is an additional fee of $35 per additional member. This consultation requires band members to waive conflicts among each other in connection with the consultation. This consultation is also intended for bands that are not ready to form a limited liability company (LLC) or corporation. If you are interested in forming a LLC or a corporation for your band, or if you have a LLC or corporation but don’t have an operating agreement or shareholder agreement among the band members, contact us for more information and to schedule a meeting with us at the Conference.
- Song Agreement / Split Sheet / Collaboration Agreement - Early bird rate $195; Conference rate $245: Even if you are not in a band, you likely collaborate with others in writing and recording music. Did you know that without a written agreement, the default rules under the law may not be what you expect? During the consultation, we will discuss the legal issues and options when you are collaborating with others to make music. After the consultation, we will provide a custom Song Agreement for you to use for your collaborations.
- Producer Agreement - Early bird rate $245; Conference rate $295: Are you are producer? Are you hiring someone to produce, mix, and/or master your recording? Did you know that absent a written agreement, a producer may have a legal authorship and ownership interest in the copyright for the recorded master? Or even an ownership interest in part of the copyright in the underlying song? And that even if such ownership interests are intended, without a written agreement the extent of such interests are nearly impossible to determine? Or that without a written agreement, a producer has no express right to receive credit as a producer? Do you know how producer royalties are calculated? Whether you are a producer or a band hiring a producer, this relationship should be documented. During the consultation we will review these and other common legal issues that arise in production relationships, and after the consultation we will provide you with a custom Producer Agreement specific to your situation—whether you are a producer, or an artist working with a producer.
- Side Musician Agreement - Early bird rate $195; Conference rate $245: Do you hire musicians to perform with you? Do you think they are “work-for-hire” employees just because you pay them after every show? Did you know that absent a written agreement, a side musician could be deemed a general partner in your band, have an ownership interest in your music, or have an ownership interest in your band name? During the consultation we will discuss your relationship with the musicians with whom you perform and the various legal issues you should consider. After the consultation, we will provide you with a customized Side Musician Agreement for your use in engaging side musicians.
- Management Agreement - Early bird rate $245; Conference rate $295: Whether you are a manager, or an artist working with a manager, do you “have it in writing”? While “handshake” management arrangements are not necessarily uncommon in this business, disputes can and do quickly arise between artists and their managers. Is a management commission based on gross or net earnings? Does the artist expect the manager to book shows? Does the commission apply to modeling and acting roles? Does the manager’s commission apply to income earned after the term of the management agreement? Does the artist have to reimburse the manager for all expenses the manager incurs, even if the artist is not generating any income? During the consultation, we will discuss these and other legal issues to consider in a management relationship, and after the consultation we will provide you with a custom Management Agreement specific to your situation—whether you are a manager, or an artist working with a manager.
- Copyright Registration - Early bird rate $245; Conference rate $295 (Includes U.S. Copyright Office Filing Fee): Protect your songs and recordings by filing a registration with the U.S. Copyright Office. If someone infringes your music, you can’t file a lawsuit if don’t register your copyright. Timely registration also creates strong evidence of the validity of your copyright, and may allow you to recover statutory damages and attorney’s fees in an infringement lawsuit. Also, your song is not legally entitled to statutory mechanical royalties if it is not registered with the Copyright Office. During this consultation, we will discuss your music catalog and registration options. After the consultation, we will register your song(s) and/or recordings with the Copyright Office. The pricing for this consultation is limited to 1 registration for a compilation/album/EP of up to 10 commonly-owned songs/recordings. If you are interested in additional registrations, contact us for more information and to schedule a meeting with us at the Conference.
- Band Name - Trademark Consultation - Early bird rate $195; Conference rate $245: Is your band name protected? Is someone else using a similar band name? Who actually owns your band’s name? Can a former member of your band use the band’s name? During this consultation, we will review these and other issues relating to trademark rights in your band name. We will discuss with you the benefits of registering a federal trademark for your band name, and we will provide an overview of the federal registration process. The pricing for this consultation does not include the actual filing of a trademark registration due to government filing fees and on-going work often required during the registration process. If you are interested in having us file a federal registration for you, contact us for more information and to schedule a meeting with us at the Conference.
- General Consultation - Early bird rate $195; Conference rate $245: Do you already have a contract you’d like us to review? Thinking about signing a record deal or a publishing deal? Are you in a dispute with a former collaborator? Do you have other legal questions you’d like to discuss with an entertainment attorney? During this consultation, our time is yours to discuss anything you’d like!
Complete the form below to sign up, and again, we look forward to seeing you at the Conference!