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WHEN DOES A SINGER NEED A SOLICITOR?

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WHEN DOES A SINGER NEED A SOLICITOR?

When does a singer need a solicitor? As you as a musician become more successful you may find yourself thinking ‘when do I need a solicitor?’ There are many times during your career you may need a solicitor to help you with your music career. In essence if an agreement is offered to you get it checked out before signing. Below are some stages when you’ll need to seek legal advice! Make sure the solicitor is a music industry specialist and ideally comes recommended.

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Before signing your agreement

Firstly if you’ve started writing songs, if this is a collaboration with other writers this is when you may need a solicitor. A solicitor will be able to help you decide who owns the copyright, who gets what percentage of royalties and who owns the stage name.

Having said that with song writing PRS and MCPS give guidelines based around splitting the song ownership this may cut as 50% melody and 50% written lyrics. If of course one or more have written and contributed to the melody and lyrics you will have to pro rota the percentages. It would perhaps be a lot cheaper to agree these guidelines and percentages without the need for a solicitor, as it will save money but where agreement cannot be made the solicitor will be able to advise and draft agreements. Just be aware technically you will need a different solicitor for each party i.e. everyone who contributed to the song  otherwise this could be a conflict of interests and of course this will double or treble the solicitor fees.

WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO HAVE A SOLICITOR AS A SINGER?

Before signing a publisher

You’ve start writing songs and when presented with a publishing agreement. This is the time to contact a solicitor. You’ll be looking for a publisher to help you find the best deal for your songs. A solicitor will help sift through the deal and see whether it’s appropriate to the songs you are writing.

Before signing a manager

You won’t need a manager until you’ve established yourself well in the music industry, but when that happens it’s likely you’ll be approached by a few management companies all at once. As soon as you get an offer, get a solicitor! There have been times when not having a solicitor read over the contract has left an act poor even after they’ve left the manager. Be cautious and don’t rush into things just because you’re excited about the opportunity.

Before signing a record deal

You’ve been approached by a record label, the label wants you to sign a deal and has offered their solicitor to work with the label and your act on the deal. Don’t agree to this, get your own solicitor! The chances are that solicitor wants what’s best for them rather than what’s best for you. Your solicitor will have your best interest in mind.

WHEN DOES A SINGER NEED A SOLICITOR?

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