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Houston and Dallas Music Lawyers

Your talent deserves top-tier protection. Our specialty at Rodgers Selvera PLLC is empowering artists, producers, and distribution companies with robust legal support in the music industry.

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How We Can Help With Music Industry Law

The world of music is as melodious as it is complex. At Rodgers Selvera PLLC, we harmonize the legal intricacies of the music industry with the passions of artists, producers, and businesses. Whether you’re a budding artist or an established record label, rest assured your musical journey will be in key, safeguarded by a team that understands the rhythm of the music business.

Music Industry Law Practice Areas

  • Artist Representation
  • Copyright Registration
  • Licensing Negotiations
  • Royalty Collection
  • Record Label Agreements
  • Music Publishing Rights
  • Touring & Performance Contracts
  • Digital Distribution Deals
  • Sample Clearance
  • Producer Agreements
  • Band Partnership Agreements
  • Trademark for Bands/Artists
  • Dispute Mediation
  • Intellectual Property Protection
  • Management and Agency Agreements

Understanding Music Industry Law

The music industry, a vibrant tapestry of artists, songwriters, record labels, and music publishers, thrives on a complex set of legal frameworks and agreements. At its foundation, music licensing ensures that artists are compensated when their work is used, be it in movies, commercials, or streaming platforms. 

Music artists often enter into recording contracts with labels, necessitating careful negotiation to protect their rights and royalties. As the industry evolves, songwriters and artists increasingly grapple with how their music is showcased and distributed. Navigating the relationships between labels and publishers — each vying for a stake — requires deep knowledge of entertainment law. 

With a myriad of legal issues from copyright protections to contractual clauses, seeking expert legal advice is imperative for everyone in the music industry, ensuring their creative works are legally secure and monetized effectively.

Why Should You Work With Rodgers Selvera?

Riding the dynamic waves of the music industry demands more than just talent — it requires strategic legal guidance that’s in tune with your artistry. At Rodgers Selvera, PLLC, we resonate with your musical aspirations and work in harmony with your vision. Whether you’re charting a new album or negotiating a distribution deal, we amplify your voice in every legal note.

The journey from studio to stage and  from lyrics to legacy, is exhilarating but filled with legal cadences that need an experienced guide. Let’s fine-tune your path to success. Reach out to our Houston office, and let’s orchestrate a consultation tailored to your unique rhythm and aspirations and make sure that you’re positioned for success.


Music Law Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why use a music industry lawyer when negotiating recording contracts?

Navigating the world of recording contracts is challenging, with many clauses that may not be immediately clear to those unfamiliar with the music business. A music industry lawyer provides invaluable legal advice, ensuring that artists and songwriters are adequately protected and compensated. They understand the dynamics between music companies, labels, and publishers and can negotiate terms that benefit the artist while considering the interests of record labels and music publishers.

2. Can Rodgers Selvera PLLC help music artists protect their publishing catalog?

Protecting your publishing catalog is paramount for both established and upcoming music artists and songwriters. Rodgers Selvera PLLC’s expertise in entertainment law and the music industry ensures that your catalog’s rights are properly secured. From music licensing agreements to navigating the intricacies of PROs and publishing companies and ensuring that songwriters receive their due royalties, our firm provides comprehensive legal support for your intellectual and financial interests in this crucial aspect of the music business.

3. What legal issues arise between artists, record labels, and music publishers?

The music industry is rife with potential legal issues that can arise between artists, labels, and publishers. Common challenges include disputes over royalties, disagreements on recording contracts, copyright infringements, and complications related to music licensing. Furthermore, as the music business evolves with digital platforms, new issues around streaming rights and digital distribution emerge. Having a seasoned music industry lawyer provides artists with the necessary legal advice to navigate these challenges, ensuring fair treatment and compliance with industry standards.

4. Can an independent artist benefit from legal advice?

Independent artists, while having more control over their work, also face unique challenges in the music industry. When dealing with music companies, labels, and publishers, it’s vital to understand the terms being presented and their long-term implications. Legal advice from a firm like Rodgers Selvera PLLC ensures that independent artists aren’t taken advantage of and that they maintain control over their music, from music licensing rights to the details of recording contracts. Our attorneys empower artists by providing clarity and guidance, allowing them to make informed decisions in their music careers.

5. Do you assist songwriters in negotiating with publishing companies?

Songwriters are the backbone of the music industry, creating the content that fuels music companies and artists alike. Rodgers Selvera PLLC provides tailored legal advice to songwriters, ensuring that their rights are recognized and respected by publishing companies and record labels. From understanding royalty structures to negotiating agreements that protect the songwriter’s interests, our team’s expertise ensures that these creators are equipped to navigate the complex world of labels and publishers, guaranteeing they receive the recognition and compensation they deserve.


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