Legal advice 103: Music Rights, clearance and funding tips

MUSIC & POWER… (“Hey how-about Music Power Brokers”)
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Got an e-mail from an Actor-Singer (highlight the word “singer”) who asked, “Why I don’t like singers & composers” with my response being “Huh?”.

Then I got, besides posting her song for me to listen to, what she desired was for me to give her a list of Deal-Makers in the music biz….who also are crossing over into TV & Movies.

I thought for a moment about the Simon Cowells, the Berry Gordys, the Paul McCartneys, the Jay Zs, the Hip-Hop moguls, even the “A&R” departments of labels and then I realized, once again, it is the attorneys that do the deals.

Once again “Its those attorneys”.

Phoned some friends and got a list of the top 5 entertainment attorneys for the MUSIC BIZ.

Here’s the list. The “Music Power Brokers”.

These are the Super-Super Heavyweights!

Want to be a Mega-Star, want to get Music Bucks for Movie Money Deals, need Investors, need Media Partners…..

Now, it’s up to you.

“You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make ’em drink”

1. DON PASSMAN
WHY: Wrote the book, the industry bible, “ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MUSIC BIZ”, In 90s negotiated two of the biggest label deals with R.E.M. and Janet Jackson
LAW FIRM: “Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown”
CONTACT: 132 S Rodeo Dr, #306, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
TEL: 310-777-4800

2. JOHN BRANCA
WHY: Collects Ferraris, Oversees Michael Jackson estate, consulting with SONY-EMI $2.2 Billion deal, reps 25-30 Rock & roll hall of fame artists from Santana, to Beach Boys, to Bee Gees to Rolling Stones
LAW FIRM: “Ziffren Brittenham”
CONTACT: 1801 Century Park West, #7, LA, CA 90067
TEL: 310-777-4800

3. JOEL KATZ
WHY: Reps music awards show “Grammys” & “CMA” awards and numerous legends like James Brown & Willie Nelson. Law firm is Atlanta based with 1,500 attorneys and 70+ in music biz. Must be some Music Legal Beagle who will help ya.
LAW FIRM: “Greenburg Traurig”
CONTACT: 1840 Century Park East, #1900, LA, CA 90067
TEL: 310-586-7700

Hope this helps all you Musicians, Singers, Composers, Arrangers and any of you that want to partner with a singer (hot reality idea), license a song or two or hire a mega-star singer to cross-over to acting. Prince tried. Sting tried. Streisand tried….

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