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

by Steve Gordon

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  • Steve Gordon on music clearances and licensing
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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 

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!

Publisher: Hal Leonard

Format: Hardcover Media Online

Page Count: 314

Dimensions: 7.5 X 9.25 inches

ISBN: 9781495076701

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