The most important lesson that I have learned as a music attorney is that I am conducting the business of music.To put it another way, “all that glitters is not bling”. Many clients who have had initial meetings with me have spoken to me about their dreams of achieving fame, fortune, adoration and awards by “blowin up” on the music scene either as an artist or producer, or CEO of a successful label or production company. This was very nice to hear. However, in the midst of these dreams, I have rarely heard statements concerning the fact that many in the music industry have not blown up, or more importantly, statements showing a greater awareness of the business side of the music industry. Because of this reaction, I have made it a point to emphasize to my clients that in order to be successful in the often treacherous waters of the music industry, it is critical to “handle your business” and understand that the deals you make and sign in the music industry can mean the difference between “blowin up” and feeling like you will throw up! Knowledge is power in the music industry, and signing the “quick deal” without understanding the legal consequences has killed the dreams of many aspiring artists and entrepreneurs who wanted to become the next Biggie Smalls, Alicia Keys, P.Diddy or Master P.
Peace and Blessings,
Deron Tucker, Esq.