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Nobody wants to hire a lawyer but usually there comes a time when you need one. We give some key general legal resources.

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Limelight helps legally clear cover songs

Location: NY
Limelight (www.songclearance.com) is the simplest way to clear cover songs.  Artists and bands can secure the mechanical licenses for their physical, digital and ringtone releases.  Designed by musicians for musicians. 


Location: New York, 10023
ASCAP is a membership association of more than 370,000 U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP protects the rights of its members by licensing and distributing royalties for the non-dramatic public performances of their copyrighted works. There is a one time fee of $35 to join.  

Music Biz Academy – Legal Advice

Music law advice

Why and how to get a music lawyer

Location: New York City, NY 10003
Offers general information as to why you need a music lawyer and how to find one.


"Make sure you have a band agreement in place among the band members before you start playing and recording "

"It's a good idea to look at buying commercial insurance for the whole band while touring "

"If you are about to tour you may need to get liability insurance for your band as more and more venues are requiring this to protect the venue. Make sure you ask the venue you are playing if you need liability insurance to play their venue. "

"To protect your band make sure you have a written contract between you and the venue that booked you about all the particulars of the show including date, guarantees, do you need liability insurance on your band, and any other particulars you negotiate. "

"The going royalty rate for recording and selling a cover song is 9 cents for every pressed CD. "

"Any band or solo artist that is performing music to make money is involved in the music business. An artist must behave like a business in order to increase the chances of surviving and succeeding. Hence, the artist must decide what form of business to operate under. Basically, the three choices are: (1) sole proprietorship, (2) partnership, or (3) corporation. www.benmclane.com"

"Whenever two people sit down to write a song together, they create a "joint work" and both of the writers own the song. Therefore, it is advisable that the writers enter into a collaboration agreement which sets forth how the profits should be split if it is intended that the split be anything which deviates from a 50/50 ratio. www.benmclane.com"

"The professional name that an artist performs under is a valuable commodity to both the artist and to any record company that releases the artist. Both the artist and the record company should be concerned that the name is protected, and that the rights in the name are reserved and understood. www.benmclane.com"