Some have dreams of breaking into the music industry as an R&B entertainer or rap artist. Rarely are these dreams coupled with the knowing and/or negotiating the business side of it all.
Remember what happened to female talented group TLC (pictured above), who claimed that their music producer Perri “Pebbles” Reed had them sign a one-sided contract? The ladies claimed that they signed a management agreement with Reed, which not only gave her ownership of their name but an unfair percentage of their earnings.
It was also reported that TLC was not provided a copy of their original contract, they utilized the same attorneys and accountants as Pebbles when negotiating their contracts and ultimately had to pay her $3 Million Dollars ($1 Million per TLC letter) in order to obtain ownership of the TLC name. This was a lesson of them (TLC) not knowing the business, which played out in the public’s eye. This is why it is imperative that every entertainer or professional public figure have solid legal representation.
My guest tonight, Entertainment Attorney, Kendall Minter, provides just that…information about music industry contracts, business developments and issues, plus recent legislation affecting the music industry.
Kendall A. Minter, Esq. (pictured here) is a professional counselor and has been practicing entertainment law for over 35 years and TLC could’ve reached out to him.
He has a diverse, global clientele where he provides legal counseling and presentation to artist, actors, producers, managers, song-writers, executives, investors, agents, playwrights, independent music labels, professional boxers, politicians, film-makers and radio announcers.
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