Music Touring Law



Traditionally, musicians could rely on royalties from music publishing and sound recordings to make a living. Touring was primarily an effort to generate support for the purchase of new recordings by their fans. With the decline in the sales of recorded music, touring has become a primary source of revenue for musicians.

Whether a musical performance takes place at a small club or during a worldwide tour, certain considerations remain constant: booking a venue, dealing with promoters, transportation, accounting, insurance, force majeure, security, sponsorships, and merchandising. Students learn about these various aspects of touring.

Students become familiar with the types of agreements that are used in connection with touring, as well as the negotiable provisions of those contracts. Los Angeles is home to the largest music touring promoters, such as Live Nation and AEG, as well as large talent agencies, such as United Talent Agency and William Morris Endeavor, that are active in packaging music tours.

This course provides students with the training needed to make them viable candidates for attorney positions in those companies or for working on the talent side for touring musicians.

Prerequisite: Copyright Law (538 or 538A).