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The Enterprising Musician’s Legal Toolkit

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The Enterprising Musician’s Legal Toolkit by David R. Williams

Paperback; 296 pages

Copyright 2020

The Enterprising Musician’s Legal Toolkit is a guide for navigating the foundational decisions to effectively launch and successfully operate a creative enterprise. Using accessible language, the book demystifies business and legal jargon and empowers entrepreneurial musicians through step-by-step instructions. Expanding upon The Enterprising Musician’s Guide to Performer Contracts, the author addresses:

  • For-profit legal structures including sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations
  • Alternative business models such as nonprofit organizations and newer, hybrid structures (B Corps, L3Cs, and Social Purpose Corporations)
  • Compliance matters
  • How to protect your interests in artistic collaborations
  • Music licensing income streams
  • Copyright basics including steps for federal registration

The book also contains annotated samples of commonly-used music industry contracts including independent contractor agreements, non-disclosure (confidentiality) agreements, commission agreements, releases, and more.

David R. Williams, founding principal of Enterprising Artist Consulting, is a former professional musician with a doctorate in music and in law. An active guest lecturer, he has delivered talks on music industry law at Yale University, Tanglewood, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, among others. He is a faculty member at the College of Performing Arts at The New School in New York City.

Table of Contents:

Part I: Getting Started (Chapter 1—Choosing the Business Structure That’s Right for You)

Part II: Traditional For-Profit Legal Structures (Chapter 2—Sole Proprietorships; Chapter 3—Partnerships;
Chapter 4—Limited Liability Companies; Chapter 5—Corporations)

Part III: Nonprofit and Hybrid Legal Structures (Chapter 6—Nonprofit Organizations; Chapter 7—Hybrid Business Models)

Part IV: Compliance Topics (Chapter 8—Startup Compliance; Chapter 9—Help Wanted: Employees or Independent Contractors?)

Part V: Protecting Your Business and Protecting Yourself (Chapter 10—Collaborating with Others; Chapter 11—Understanding Copyright; Chapter 12—Music Licensing Basics; Chapter 13—Other Contracts Useful for Musicians)

Appendix A: Business Structures Comparison Chart
Appendix B: Copyright Quiz Analysis
Appendix C: Quick Reference Music Licensing Chart


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