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The music industry is continually changing and adapting to new technologies as it moves from analogue to both digital and live. As a firm we have been and continue to be at the forefront of this evolution.

Our team has extensive and in depth knowledge and experience of the music industry.  Members of our team have worked in record labels, publishing companies, radio stations, live event production companies and music and talent agencies.

We act for the whole spectrum of the industry from labels, publishers and PROs, promoters, event organisers and agents to digital platforms, streaming services and MCNs. We advise start-ups and some of the world’s largest players in the industry.  We also  advise a range of industry organisations and associations on current and future challenges to the industry

On the talent side we represent both upcoming and established artists, song writers, producers and rights owners on all related legal and business affairs.  

Our work in the industry includes:Lewis Silkin Media & Entertainment Music

  • advising on digital strategies (and their implementation)
  • “traditional” deals such as label deals, production, recording and publishing/song writing
  • physical/digital distribution
  • joint ventures
  • catalogue acquisitions
  • all issues in relation to live performances (tours and one off events)
  • global broadcast
  • sponsorship
  • merchandising

We also advise on a range of disputes including copyright ownership and infringement and disputes between former members on trade mark issues.

We conduct due diligence and audits for copyright owners (and parties seeking to lend to or acquire those rights) in order to identify assets and track global royalty income flows.  We can analyse these results and assist in ensuring future accurate reporting and distribution of royalty income.

For those looking to use music within their business we devise cost effective and efficient strategies for clearing rights in music and artist’s rights in performance whether in advertising, live events, theatre or broadcasting.

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Nigel Dewar Gibb has written an article for Music & Copyright, a fortnightly research service covering global copyright and legal issues affecting the music industry.

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