California Music Lawyer.   California intellectual property lawyer.

Performers need to protect both their short-term interests and long-term career goals through sound planning and consideration of basic business, contract, and intellectual property principles.   Aspiring artists need to be careful when signing contracts.   Initial artist contracts are typically one-sided and unfair – locking up-and-coming artists into exclusive contracts that can last for decades, as well as create a situation where these individuals or groups are exploited and taken advantage of for their entire careers.

We provide comprehensive legal services that include assistance with copyright protection and licensing, recording, distribution and publishing agreements, advertising, promotional issues, and court litigation defense.

Attorney Alan Abergel is an avid music fan, acoustic and electric guitar player, drummer, home studio owner, and so has a great appreciation for musicians.   In addition to having a law degree, Mr. Abergel is also a graduate of Towson University,  Maryland’s mass communications/radio broadcasting program, in which Mr. Abergel took many audio and production techniques courses.

We provide the following legal services to musicians and music industry companies:

    • Entertainment and intellectual property law litigation defense (including copyright, trademark, trade secret, right of publicity, contracts, and commercial litigation).
    • Artist partnership, investor, and shareholder or member agreements
    • Brand name protection, trademarks, and service marks registration.
    • Copyright registration
    • General music business and music law advice
    • Agent / manager / publicist / producer representation agreements
    • Recording agreements
    • Contract negotiations involving songwriters, musicians, bands, producers, and other parties
    • Licensing
    • Management agreements
    • Publishing agreements
    • Formation of partnerships, LLCs, and corporations for band members, record labels, music studios, publishing companies, talent agencies, music marketing & PR companies, and all other music business ventures.
    • Purchase, sale, and merger of music industry businesses.
    • Representation of borrowers and lenders in lending transactions secured by music catalogues and copyright assets.
    • Zoning and land use matters concerning the music industry such as, zoning of recording studios, rehearsal studios, musical instrument stores, and music lessons’ businesses.
    • Real estate matters concerning the music industry such as, commercial leases, purchase and sale of commercial properties.
    • Representation in capital raising transactions in compliance with securities laws.
    • We do not shop demos to record or publishing companies.


Please call a Texas music lawyer to discuss your legal music industry needs.