need help with record contract

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by rudedogg, Sep 14, 2005.

  1. rudedogg

    rudedogg Guest

    hi everyone,

    we are in the process of negotiating a record contract with an independent record label, and i had a question. we are looking for an entertainment lawyer, and im not sure how much i should be looking to spend. does anyone know what a typical rate for a lawyer in this field should cost, and if you give an hourly rate, how much time can we expect him to bill us for.


  2. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Distinguished Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
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    I last time I worked with an Entertainment Lawyer was about 15 years ago and at that time he was charging $200 per hour. Rates vary depending on the qualifications of the lawyer, who his normal clients are and where he or she is doing business. If you pick a big name lawyer expect to pay big bucks. As to how much billable time you will incure it depends on how extensive your legal needs are. Most large ciites have a lawyer referral service and you could call them for advice. Make sure that the lawyer you pick is someone you can trust and work with and someone who is familiar with the types of legal services you need from them. The last entertainment lawyer I worked with was more into copyright and product protection than general entertainment but for the purposes I was using him for he was GREAT!

    Best of luck and let us know how things turn out.
  3. Dr_Willie_OBGYN

    Dr_Willie_OBGYN Active Member

    Aug 24, 2005
    Pacific Palisades, CA
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    I know a dude named Ben McLane in LA who was $200 / hour the last time I checked. He specializes in contracts and bands.

    A lot of lawyers try to get you to agree to a percentage, but that might not be in your best interest if it's a small record deal. Also if they're in it for a percentage then there is a conflict of interest. They need to get you signed to get paid, even though it might not be a crappy record deal situation.

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