Know What’s Binding You Legally & Make a Great Deal in the Music Biz

Entertainment lawyer and author of The Future of The Music Business releases new guide for artists, songwriters, and producers outlining the legality side of the music biz

11ContractsEntertainment lawyer, Steve Gordon, has worked with various artists aiding in learning and handling the legal side of the music business. With his new book release, The 11 Contracts That Every Artist, Songwriter, and Producer Should Know, he provides a detailed guide for songwriters and producers to be equipped with the knowledge of understanding contractual agreements. In addition, Gordon is helping these music biz professionals in negotiating music deals that will work for them and not against.

In this guide, Gordon provides an actual contract as an example, breaking down each element for the reader to fully comprehend the legal and business aspects of the agreement. The 11 Contracts covers various styles of contracts and deals in the following categories:

  • Management Agreements
  • Production Company and New Artist
  • Indie Label Deals
  • Sync Licenses
  • Producer Agreements
  • Music Publishing Deals
  • Composer Agreements
  • Live Performance Contracts
  • Music Video Production Contracts
  • Band Agreements & Business Actions Artists Can Take Without an Attorney
  • Investment Agreements

This guide was developed for musicians, songwriters, content producers, bands and managers to better understand the most common, and important documents in the game. Along with the purchase of The 11 Contracts, readers will have access to online videos to further educate them on the book’s topics:

  • Steve Gordon on music clearances and licensing
  • Steve Gordon and attorney Bob Celestin analyzing management, artist, publishing and producer agreements, and the art of hiring a music attorney

Future videos will feature Mark Offenbach of Redlight Management and Austin Rice of Atlantic Records speaking about the role of artist management and record companies in the music business today.

The 11 Contracts That Every Artist, Songwriter, and Producer Should Know is available now at

Book Details:
Format: Hardcover Media Online
Page Count: 220
Dimensions: 7.5 X 9.25 inches
ISBN: 9781495076701

About Steve Gordon
Steve Gordon is an entertainment attorney with over 20 years of experience. He served as an attorney at a law firm representing Atlantic and Elektra Records, as in-house counsel for a Hollywood movie studio, and has been Director of Business Affairs for Sony Music for more than 10 years. As an educator, Gordon is the recipient of two Fulbright Scholarships and has taught courses on music law and business at Tel Aviv University in Israel and Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. For more information, visit


Hal Leonard Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation

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