Lawyer — draws up and reviews an artist’s contracts. He ensures you earn and collect income from monetizing your music. He can also help you trademark your name. A lawyer usually charges either an hourly rate or a percentage of the deal (5% or so). 

 An artist should hire a lawyer in the following cases: 

 — If your copyright is infringed; 

 — In case signing a record deal, especially with a major label; 

 — In case signing a publishing deal. Publishing agreements are among the most complex, and most artists simply don’t understand what they are signing; 

 — In case signing a management deal; 

 — If an artist wants to get out of a record or publishing deal; 

 — If a band has multiple members and key points need to be discussed and documented onshore; 

 — In case trademarking your name.

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