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Congratulations to Australian Independent Record Labels Association on the announcement of the new annual AIR Awards and AIR Industry Conference – now sponsored by the State Government of South Australia, through the South Australian Tourism Commission and Events South Australia and Arts SA through the Music Development Office.
Both the new conference and the annual AIR Awards will be held in Adelaide for the next three years (2017-2019). The 11th Annual AIR Awards ceremony will take place at the Queen’s Theatre, Adelaide, on 27 July 2017, featuring 13 award categories. AIR will present the brand-new music industry conference across July 27 and 28. The two-day event hosts panels, workshops and presentations from prominent industry leaders.
Client News10 months ago
Middle Kids have gone from the Newtown Social Club to Conan O’Brien Presents: Team Coco in four short months. Great performance of their break-out track “Edge of Town”.
After some months of work we’re very happy to have concluded Harts North American signing!
In the meantime, catch him on his Australian tour commencing this week.washingtonsquaremusic.com
Some advice on when you should be seeking legal advice, with some insightful tips from our very own Yasmin Naghavi and Stephen King.
Shout out to the DUNE RATS taking out the top spot on this week’s ARIA album charts with ‘The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit’, and Ocean Grove coming in at #5 with ‘The Rhapsody Tapes’. Huge effort!! Also belated congrats to The McClymonts with their debut album ‘Endless’ hitting #3 spot a few weeks ago.
What a MASSIVE year of Australian music! Big shout out to all our clients who made into yesterday’s Triple J Hottest 100!
The Smith Street Band
RÜFÜS / RÜFÜS DU SOL
Gang of Youths
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
The Amity Affliction
Middle Kids sign to the good folks at EMI Music Australia and Domino Recording Company cc Kurt Bailey
We’ll let you finish, but Flume probably made some of the best lemonade of all time… huge congratulations for 2 x Recording Academy / GRAMMYs nominations – Skin” for Best Dance/Electronic Album and “Never Be Like You” feat. Kai for Best Dance Recording.
cc: Future Classic, Mom + Pop Music http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/musicnews/s4588329.htmabc.net.au
We’ve finally recovered enough from our post ARIA Awards hangover to congratulate all our legendary clients who picked up gongs in what was a stellar year of Australian music! In no particular order, sending a massive congrats to –
Flume – ‘Skin’
– Telstra Album of the Year
– Best Male Artist
– Best Dance Release
– Best Pop Release
– Best Independent Release
– Producer Of The Year
Eric J Dubowsky and Harley Streten for Flume – ‘Skin’
– Engineer Of The Year
Violent Soho – ‘WACO’
– Best Group
– Best Rock Album
Drapht – ‘Seven Mirrors’
– Best Urban Album
Hilltop Hoods – ‘the restrung tour’
– Best Australian Live Act
Flight Facilities – ‘Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’
– Best Classical Album
MAL News1 year ago
Belated congratulations to the incredibly talented husband and wife duo, Darren and Sally Seltmann who won their first APRA AMCOS Screen Music Award for Best Original Song Composed for Screen for ‘Dancing in the Darkness’ on the ABC television series The Letdown.apraamcos.com.au
We advise some of the industry’s biggest and brightest.
Our clients include top-level artists, composers, tv and film talent, entertainment and media companies, venues, managers, agents and Billboard #1 artists.
Music and Entertainment
Our core business developed within the music industry, so we can assist with everything from basic advice to deal negotiation to drafting agreements to dispute resolution. Our clients include musicians, bands, songwriters, composers, producers, festivals, agents, managers, labels, publishers, distributors and content providers. We have firm links with European and North American legal firms, and strong relationships with labels and music properties both there and in Japan. Staying true to our roots, we give pro bono advice to members of Arts Law and the Association of Independent Record Labels.
Our expertise includes:
- Recording, publishing, licensing and distribution deals;
- Sample and music clearances;
- Management and agency contracts;
- Sponsorship and merchandising;
- Performer, producer and composer rights, agreements and releases;
- Live performances and touring;
- Band structure/partnership agreements;
- Trade mark/intellectual property ownership and disputes;
- Digital and new technology advice.
Television, Film and Theatre
The ever-evolving TV, film and theatre industries bring their own unique complexities. Our clients include TV hosts, actors, media personalities, talent management entities, production companies, directors, writers, animators, composers, and distributors. We’re also legal counsel for the Melbourne International Film Festival.
Our expertise includes:
- Talent, performers and key-creatives’ rights, agreements and releases;
- Music clearances and composer agreements;
- Television Format rights;
- Chain of title;
- Script options and purchases;
- Distribution, broadcast, syndication rights and deals;
- Production and co-production;
- Merchandising and sponsorship;
- Rights acquisition and management, including brand names/trade marks;
- Option agreements;
- Venue hire, stage shows and touring.
The boom of the digital world brings with it a host of decidedly real-life legal issues. We assist designers, music and film digital service providers (DSPs), app developers, gaming companies and major multinationals.
Our expertise includes:
- Rights clearances for DSPs – streaming, subscription, on-demand, download;
- Multi-media, digital and new technology services;
- Domain names, including acquisition, cybersquatting, transfer and disputes;
- Local (Australia/NZ) compliance for international companies;
- User generated content;
- Website and service terms and conditions;
- Privacy Act compliance and policies;
- Spam Act compliance and policies;
- General advice in relation to the Australia/NZ market;
- Strategic alliances and partnerships.
Design, Fashion &
No matter how big or small your creative arts business, it’s crucial you properly protect your brand and designs. MAL acts for leading graphic design firms, fashion designers, photographers, painters, sculptors, commercial galleries and industry organisations, as well as providing pro bono advice to the AIPP.
Our expertise includes:
- Commissioning agreements;
- Gallery-artist relationships;
- Exhibition and touring;
- Consultant, designers’, employment, agreements, and standard terms;
- Copyright and designs law, moral rights;
- Obscenity, sedition and censorship;
- Model releases;
- Master services agreements.
Intellectual Property &
Intellectual property is the backbone of our practice. Whether it be creation, ownership, registration, transfer, licensing or protection of intellectual property, we give our clients the assistance they need to protect or assert their intellectual property interests, in Australia, New Zealand and pretty much anywhere in the world.
Our expertise includes:
- Copyright ownership, assignment, licensing, enforcement;
- Trade mark searching, applications, objections, oppositions, non-use actions, registrations, licensing and enforcement;
- Moral rights;
- Book and online publishing deals;
- Protection of confidentiality and other restraints;
- Idea development;
- Litigation and other enforcement strategies;
- Due diligence, acquisition and divestment of intellectual property;
- Trade mark portfolio management;
- Customs seizure of counterfeit goods;
- Social media/adwords disputes involving IP.
Corporate and Commercial
From seed-of-an-idea innovators to major multi-nationals, we have a strong commercial practice. We regularly give expert support on a broad range of commercial and corporate matters.
Our expertise includes:
- Establishment, purchase, sale and
restructure of corporations, joint
- Strategic transaction advice;
- Commercialisation of creative projects,
- Corporations Act advice and compliance;
- Shareholders’ agreements;
- Purchase and divestment of commercial
- Commercial leases;
- Trade practices law;
- Confidentiality agreements;
- Commercial agreements relevant to
specific industry needs, including
licensing, distribution and agency
- Competition (games of skill and chance)
advice, compliance and agreements.
Defamation & Image Rights
Despite Australia not having any recognised ‘rights of publicity’, we have extensive experience on advising on matters of defamation (both pre- and post- publication), as well as protecting image rights. Our clients include authors, journalists, television and sporting personalities and musicians.
Our expertise includes:
- Defamation pre-publication;
- Defamation post-publication;
- Passing off;
- Image protection mechanisms;
- Litigation and dispute resolution.
Our clients often need legal assistance with matters outside of the entertainment industry, and we regularly advise on property and estate matters.
Our expertise includes:
- Property Conveyances;
- Purchase and divestment of property
We know there’s an art to doing business.
That’s why we think creatively. We don’t just do the paperwork, we work out the best possible strategic solutions to structure a deal that is better than the norm.
As well as having over 25 years experience dealing in all facets of creative industry law, David is director of independent label Rubber Records and music publisher Rubber Music Publishing. A passionate advocate for local music and creative industries, David chairs the board of Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), and is a board member of Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA).
Stephen practises in all facets of commercial and entertainment law; with a particular focus on music and television talent representation. Stephen combines his legal knowledge with his vast experience in the music industry, including in private practice in the UK representing major artists, labels and the Musicians Union and in Australia as the Business Affairs Manager for Festival Mushroom Records. Stephen is a supporter of local music and provides pro bono services to Music NT and Arts Law members. Stephen is also Director of Ink Music Publishing.
Julian represents high profile musical talent, managers, labels, publishers, events and start-ups, and with a large overseas network has been instrumental in setting up international deals for his clients. He has been a musician signed to major and indie labels, and has a post-grad degree in corporate finance. In addition to his extensive music law practice, Julian represents film and television projects, studios, creative agencies, celebrity talent, media and tech companies, events, designers, and NGO’s.
Rob Glass joined the firm in 2014, having previously worked at a Chambers and Legal 500 listed intellectual property firm in Australia and a commercial firm in New Zealand. Rob draws on more than 10 years experience working in the music industry to provide pragmatic legal advice to some of Australia’s leading DJs, producers, managers, labels and events, drafting and negotiating the deals that form the backbone of the business. Rob’s digital media experience has included working with technology clients, design studios, software and app developers, and online content distributors drafting documentation and structuring deals for new and established businesses.
Marcus has experience in all facets of entertainment and commercial law and as a litigator having practiced both in Australia and the UK. With his practice focused primarily on the music industry, Marcus has represented high profile artists, managers, producers, labels, publishers, festivals, events and start-ups throughout the world, and with a particular interest in working with new and emerging talent he has assisted in procuring, negotiating and advising on local and international deals for his clients. Marcus also runs independent label and management company ‘We Are Golden’.
Yasmin practises in creative industries law, representing world-class graphic and motion design studios, creative agencies, illustrators, streaming services, authors, managers, fashion designers, brands and digital influencers, format and content creators, photographers, tv/radio talent and app developers. Holding both a Juris Doctor (hons) and an MBA, Yasmin combines experience with deeply entrenched expertise, industry insight, and a passion for the creative sector. Working in close partnership with her clients, she brings clarity to their legal rights and obligations, and advises with the intention of achieving the very best strategic and commercial outcome. Committed to giving back to the industry, she’s also a serving board member of the Creative Women’s Circle.
Having been legal counsel for the likes of Southern Cross Austereo, Marsh Insurance and the Australian Securities & Investments Commission, Tania has provided valuable input on a vast array of commercial matters, negotiating high level agreements and working closely with executives in the delivery of practical solutions from both a commercial and regulatory perspective. Tania joined MAL in 2015 and practices in the areas of general commercial, intellectual property, media and entertainment; with a particular focus on talent representation, hospitality, trade marks and brand protection, property, and creative industries. Tania holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Commerce (Management) and a Graduate Diploma in Communications Law.
Amanda has experience in music and entertainment law, intellectual property, defamation and commercial law and has represented a wide variety of clients including bands, artists, managers, record labels, promoters, producers, publishers, media outlets and a diverse range of commercial entities. She also spent three years as the assistant editor of Heavy Music Magazine and currently manages artists, runs events and plays an active role in the local music scene. Her involvement in these activities provides her with a unique perspective that allows her to best understand and anticipate the needs of her clients. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Laws as well as a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Music Business Management.
Sarah has experience in both entertainment law and real property law, and has been working in the music industry for 10 years. She was previously the Licensing / Synchronisations Manager at major record label, Warner Music Australia. She has negotiated deals with television networks, film producers and directors, advertising agencies, local and international artists and artist managers, music supervisors, music publishers and other record labels. Sarah also has experience in conveyancing matters, and holds a Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts (with Honours), a C.Mus.A Diploma in Piano and a Juris Doctor.
Sarah practices in entertainment and commercial law, with a focus on film representation. She joined the firm in 2016 and is passionate about using legal services to help artists achieve their creative goals. Sarah draws on six years of experience in the film and television industry, having worked at a number of Australia’s leading independent production companies. She has a strong sense of commercial awareness and has worked with a variety of clients including filmmakers, producers, authors, artists, artist managers, record labels and music publishers. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, majoring in Media Arts Production, and a Bachelor of Laws. In 2015, she was awarded the Thomson Reuters Prize for Best Performance in Media Law at UTS.
Having a background in media communications and marketing, Luisa joined Media Arts Lawyers whilst undertaking the Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne. Luisa combines her a passion for the creative industries, new business and innovative technologies, with a keen interest in intellectual property law and media law. Luisa is also concerned with regulation and policy reform having completed her thesis in the area. Luisa holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Business (marketing) and a Bachelor of Arts (communications) from Monash University.
Maria Amato is the firm’s CFO. With over twenty-five years’ experience in the entertainment industry, Maria is the principal of Results Management – a company she setup in 1994 to provide CFO and bookkeeping services to a broad range of clients. Maria also provides forensic accounting services and has successfully delivered innovative solutions to streamline business processes, cut costs and increase profitability.