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

MONTCLAIR, N.J. – Steve Gordon is an entertainment attorney specializing in music, television, film and video, and has assisted countless artists in navigating the legal aspects of the music business. His new book, The 11 Contracts, is an in-depth guide to contracts that new and emerging artists are most likely to encounter, all paired with professional commentary. 

This no-nonsense book follows a refreshingly simple format: Gordon presents a sample agreement and then breaks down the nuances of both the legal and business sides of the arrangement.

Contracts 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

This book is not only for artists and other creators but for managers, indie labels, music business students, attorneys, and anyone who would like a leg up in negotiating the best possible deal.

Online access to the following videos is included with the purchase of The 11 Contracts:

  • Steve Gordon on music clearances and licensing
  • Steve Gordon and attorney Bob Celestin analyzing management, artist, publishing and producer agreements, and the art of hiring a music attorney

Future videos will feature Mark Offenbach of Redlight Management and Austin Rice of Atlantic Records speaking about the role of artist management and record companies in the music business today.

About the Author:

Steve Gordon is an entertainment attorney with over 20 years of experience. He served as an attorney at a law firm representing Atlantic and Elektra Records, as in-house counsel for a Hollywood movie studio, and served as Director of Business Affairs for Sony Music for more than 10 years. He currently manages his own law firm in Manhattan. As an educator, Gordon is the recipient of two Fulbright Scholarships and has taught courses on music law and business at Tel Aviv University in Israel and Bocconi University in Milan, Italy and is a graduate of New York University School of Law.

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Format: Hardcover Media Online

Page Count: 220

Dimensions: 7.5 X 9.25 inches

ISBN: 9781495076701