Item description for The Professional Musician's Legal Companion by Michael Aczon Esq....
Do you find the legal aspects of the music business daunting? Are you seeking recording contracts or other business relationships, but you have financial concerns over the costs of attorneys? Have you, like many musicians, had a bad experience or bad impression of entertainment attorneys? If you're ready to address these issues and embrace the responsibility of your career, let this guide be your legal companion. By taking the time to become well informed and prepared, you'll be able to work better with an attorney to suit your style and specific needs. In an effort to get to the core of the legal issues without confusing you, this book is very straightforward. You'll get an introduction to all the legal subjects you should know and how to deal with attorneys. You'll gain an understanding of the four main contracts used in the music business-- recording artist, songwriter, artist management, and performance-- which are explained in simple, easy-to-comprehend terms. Furthermore, you'll get guidance on how to make the experience with your current attorney, or future attorney, more fruitful, and more time- and cost-effective. With more than 20 years in this business, interacting with many musicians both personally and professionally, Michael A. Aczon shares the many lessons he's learned and takes you on a journey to a better legal understanding of the entertainment industry and your music career.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 7.2" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date May 17, 2005
ISBN 1932929010 ISBN13 9781932929010 UPC 073999082883
Reviews - What do customers think about The Professional Musician's Legal Companion?
Excellent Nov 7, 2007
Michael Aczon is an amazing resource for all musicians and music business individuals. I have had the pleasure of talking with him about the business as well as reading his book. Each time I've had a question, I've checked the book to find my answer. The most useful information for me was the chapter discussing the difference between publishing/mechanicals/royalties. There is always a gray area for me surrounding exactly where the checks come from. This clarification was enough for me to give the book a thumbs up!
A Book that respects and empowers the reader! Sep 7, 2007
I think the genius of Michael Aczon's book is that he neither gives nor tries to give us all the answers--he helps us to consider, raise, and articulate for ourselves the essential questions of our particular situations as professionals in a complicated industry. He provides the perfect starting point to enter into informed business relationships. In my experience hearing him speak and teach, this runs consistent with the straight-shooting and compassionate way he walks through the world. He generously empowers others with information, and he encourages them to be responsible and accountable for meaningful decisions that will impact their careers. The Legal Companion seems like his able emissary in the world, doing just that. I have found it entirely helpful, relevant, and useful in my own work.
If you are looking for a book as a one-stop answer guide for all the complex legal questions surrounding a career in music, you might be disappointed. That is not the author's intent, nor his philosophy. (It is debatable whether any single volume can do such a thing.) But if you are looking for a text written clearly that respects your intelligence and your values as an artist and businessperson, the Legal Companion will provide you with a solid foundation for making decisions about the business of your art. I highly recommend this book.
The Professional Musician's Legal Companion Aug 4, 2007
"Michael Aczon's 'Legal Companion' is an absolute necessity for anyone with the slightest interest in the music industry. Having had first hand experience in dealing with music industry legal issues, Aczon's guide is confirmation that all musicians (even professionals) should be vigilant concerning the 'business of music'. Ya gotta get this book!"
An excellent book! Jul 14, 2007
This book is a practical, user-friendly guide through the maze of legal topics that confront so many working musicians. Michael Aczon makes complicated legal issues seem a lot less intimdating, and much easier to navigate. I wish I'd had this book when I was first starting out, and will definitely make use of it in the future - very highly recommended!
Fantastic Music Law Book Jun 23, 2007
This book is a must have for those in the music industry. It seperates itself from other music law texts with its clear, consise, and thorough examination of the music business. As a manager of a rock band I have relied on The Professional Musician's Legal Companion to help guide me through the music industry... which at times feels like a jungle. Aczon's engaging writing allows valuable legal details to be easily remembered at times when I need them most.