A lot of bands think that unless they are signing with a record label there's really no reason to have an attorney. If you're waiting for that big record deal you might be waiting a while. In today's digital streaming world there just aren't many artists being signed to labels.
How can an entertainment/music lawyer help out?
You might consider a consultation if:
- You need to formalize your band agreement (band agreements were discussed in an earlier post)
- You need to register your trademarks (band logo, band name) or copyrights (songs, recordings)
- You need help affiliating with BMI, ASCAP, SESAC, or Sound Exchange - these are performance rights organizations (PRO) which assists in the collection and distribution of royalties
- Someone else is using your band name
- Someone is using your song without your permission
- You perform at weddings and need a performance contract
- You have a band member quit or fired and you need an exit/termination agreement
- You are the co-writer on a song and you want the ability to exploit (use) the song