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Erin M. Jacobson - Music and Entertainment Attorney, Los Angeles, CA

Erin M. Jacobson is is an experienced deal negotiator and a seasoned advisor of intellectual property rights who protects artists, songwriters, music publishers, and other music professionals. Her clients include Grammy and Emmy Award winners, independent artists and companies, and distinguished legacy catalogues, as her knowledge of both classic music and current industry practices places her in a unique position to protect and revitalize older catalogues. She handles all types of music industry agreements, with an emphasis on music publishing. In addition to being named a Super Lawyers Rising Star and one of the Top Women Attorneys in Southern California, Ms. Jacobson is a frequent author and speaker, and has been featured in publications, including Billboard and Forbes. She also is on the Board of Directors for both the California Copyright Conference (CCC) and the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP).

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Edgar Allan Poets on Billboard’s Top 10!

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On April 11, 2013, my client Edgar Allan Poets entered Billboard’s Next Big Sound chart at #10.   This chart features “the fastest accelerating artists during the
past week across all major social music sites, statistically predicted to achieve future success, as measured by Next Big Sound.”
Here the link:
http://www.billboard.com/charts/next-big-sound-25

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How to Protect Your Music and Avoid Legal Pitfalls

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I recently had the privilege of being interviewed for My Music Masterclass about how musicians can protect their music, avoid some common legal pitfalls, and more.  The video is available for a temporary stream or permanent download HERE.

My Music Masterclass is a fantastic website where users can view exclusive masterclass sessions with the top touring musicians and industry professionals.  (Registration required and there is a small fee for the streams and downloads.)

You can view a preview of the full video below.  This video is packed with a lot of information and I hope it helps artists to further understand and take control of their careers.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me so I can help you to protect your music and grow your career.

Stream or download the full video here!

This preview video is also available on YouTube – please like, comment, and share it!  (Subscribe to my YouTube channel here.)

The information contained in this video and any linked resource is intended to provide general information and does not constitute legal advice by Erin M. Jacobson, Esq. or My Music Masterclass. The content is not guaranteed to be correct, complete, or up-to-date. This video is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship between you and Erin M. Jacobson, Esq. and you should not act or rely on any information in this video without seeking the advice of an attorney.   YOUR USE OF THIS INFORMATION IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. YOU ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY AND RISK OF LOSS RESULTING FROM THE USE OF THIS INFORMATION. ERIN M. JACOBSON, ESQ. AND/OR MY MUSIC MASTERCLASS WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RELATING TO THE USE OF THIS INFORMATION.

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Edgar Allan Poets ranks #4 in Top LA Artists

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My client, Edgar Allan Poets, currently ranks very highly in the Alt Rock genre of Deli Magazine’s Top LA Bands.  EAP ranks #4 for web buzz, just below Queens of the Stone Age and The Mars Volta.  The band also ranks #47 in overall popularity for all LA bands listed.

Edgar Allan Poets are really on the rise, generating a significant buzz after only being in LA a short time.  Keep watching for more from these up-and-comers and say you were a fan before they were superstars!

Get EAP’s new single, Crow Girl, out now!

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Gershwin Heirs Sue Warner Music

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In breaking news today, George Gershwin’s heirs are suing Warner Music for $15 million.  According to the article, the Gershwin estate conducted an audit of Warner in 2007 and found fault with Warner’s licensing and registration practices in regards to the Gershwin catalog.  The full article gives an example from the suit complaint as to how various commissions were taken off the top by foreign agents.

These types of issues come up often.  A good attorney will know to build certain precautions into the contract language to limit many of these commissions and make sure you have adequate audit rights.  Audits are expensive, but they can often be worth it by revealing accounting discrepancies and getting artists the money they are due.

If you are considering signing a contract involving payments and royalties, make sure you have a music or entertainment attorney review it carefully and keep tabs on the companies!  Contact me if you need assistance with a matter like this.

 

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Client Update: Edgar Allan Poets release new single “Crow Girl”

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Client Edgar Allan Poets has just released a new single entitled “Crow Girl.”  You can preview the song at EAP’s website and buy the song on iTunes.

“Crow Girl” has a beautiful, haunting melody.  The music features soft and hard rock elements, with lush orchestration emphasizing the song’s swelling emotions.  Chris’ lead vocals also lend a really unique sound to this already fantastic song.

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