The 11 Contracts That Every Artist, Songwriter, and Producer Should Know

Series: Book
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Format: Hardcover Media Online
Author: Steve Gordon

Most people regard legal contracts with an inherent suspicion. Having heard scores of horror stories, we in the music business, whether artists, songwriters, producers, or management, are especially cautious – perhaps even paranoid – of any binding agreement, and with good reason. If you could better understand the most common – and important – documents in the game, wouldn't you? Steve Gordon, an entertainment attorney with over twenty years of experience in the industry, is making just such an offer with his latest book, The 11 Contracts That Every Artist, Songwriter, and Producer Should Know.

The 11 Contracts is an in-depth guide intended to assist any aspirant wary of navigating the music biz or struggling to interpret its insular jargon. This no-nonsense book follows a refreshingly simple format: Gordon presents a sample agreement, then breaks down the nuances of both the legal and business sides of the arrangement. Subjects covered include:

• Management Agreements

• Production Company and New Artist

• Indie Label Deals

• Sync Licenses

• Producer Agreements

• Music Publishing Deals

• Composer Agreements

• Live Performance Contracts

• Music Video Production Contracts

• Band Agreements

Business Actions Artists Can Take Without an Attorney

• Investment Agreements

Every purchase also includes access to a library of streaming and downloadable video content touching on music clearances and licensing, management, artist, publishing, and producer agreements, the art of hiring a music attorney, the role of artist management and record companies in the music business today, and more. Ensure that you will never find yourself stuck on the wrong side of a bad deal – pick up your copy of The 11 Contracts today!

$50.00 (US)
Inventory #HL 00198752
ISBN: 9781495076701
UPC: 888680649067
Width: 7.5"
Length: 9.25"
314 pages


“I've read with interest what you've written. I think you have a lot of worthwhile things to say and I would recommend to the audience that they continue to listen to what you say and read what you write.” – Irving Azoff, Manager and Industry Mogul

“This is a must-have book for any professional in the music industry, especially entrepreneurs, music creators, and those working with music creators (artists, writers, producers). It could cost you thousands of dollars in legal fees to draw up any one of these contracts and here they are, all in one book! This is an amazing resource to have on hand from one of New York's most experienced and reputable entertainment attorneys.” – Linda Lorence Critelli, President of the NYC Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS)

“Steve Gordon is a man who not only understands the music industry as a whole but understands the musicians themselves. His book is invaluable to anyone wanting insight into this world.” – Spike Wilner, CEO SmallsLIVE, pianist

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