Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30: We are extremely proud to announce that our very own Kristin Churley has been named a finalist in the 2020 Lawyers Weekly Awards. These awards identify the finest young lawyers across Australia and provide industry wide recognition for outstanding achievement in law. Kristin has been recognised for her both her talent and professional accomplishments in entertainment law. Congratulations Kristin!
Long term client and Aussie hip hop legends, Hilltop Hoods dropped a new track last week with all proceeds being donated to Support Act. “I’m Good?” was written in isolation, about isolation and in aid of road crew who have been devastated by the impact of COVID-19. We were proud to be on board and kick off the fundraising along with Island Records, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Blue Max Music. You can also donate by heading to supportact.org.au/donate-now/ and select the ‘Roadies (Crew) Fund’.
Experts in Residence presented by the Victorian Music Development Office (VMDO) is a series of collaborations with accomplished business professionals to provide one-on-one expert advice to small Victorian music businesses. The sessions run for an hour and are aimed at giving small music businesses access to professional services in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Applications are now open to meet with our senior lawyers, Yasmin Naghavi and Marcus Walkom. Yasmin is available to discuss areas of employment, contract law and force majeure matters while Marcus is available to discuss the effects of COVID-19 on all facets of the music industry, contracting and future impacts on music industry agreements. To read more about our lawyers and apply for a session please head to https://www.vmdo.com.au/expertsinresidence or email email@example.com
Many clients have been contacting us about their legal rights and obligations during this uncertain period. To understand the difference between stand downs, redundancies, and more – contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A playlist to get you through isolation, put together by our team and jam packed with our clients!
PPCA have introduced an emergency policy to provide a one off advance to registered artists who have suffered hardship as a result of COVID-19. Registered artists who wish to take advantage of the advance should contact email@example.com to determine their eligibility.
For the full press release > https://tinyurl.com/PPCAGrantppca.com.au
Hottest 100 of the Decade: It’s an uncertain time for many in the music industry so it’s important now more than ever to keep cheering each other on. So on that note, we’d like to take a moment to congratulate our clients who landed in triple j’s Hottest 100 of the Decade last weekend. We are so proud to work with such an amazing bunch of artists who have built remarkable careers in music. Big congrats to the following clients who made top ten and to all of our other clients who placed:
#1 The Less I know The Better – Tame Impala
#2 Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye
#4 Covered In Chrome – Violent Soho
#5 Innerbloom – RÜFÜS DU SOL
#6 Magnolia – Gang of Youths
#8 Never Be Like You – Flume
#10 Brother – Matt Corby
You can check out a full list here > https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hottest100/decade/2010s/#/1-100abc.net.au
MAL’s Current Response to Outbreak of COVID-19:
To our valued clients,
On behalf of all of us at Media Arts Lawyers, we hope this message finds you safe and well.
In light of current developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to inform you of the actions we are taking in regards to the continuity of our business and our efforts to support our clients, employees and the wider community. At this point in time, NO Media Arts Lawyers staff member has been directly affected by COVID-19 or have suffered or are suffering any symptoms linked to COVID-19.
However, in preparation for the potential disruption our business may face from this constantly evolving situation, we have implemented a number of procedures to: (i) reduce the impact to our day-to-day business operations; (ii) ensure we can continue to assist and advise our clients in relation to their business and legal needs; and (iii) keep our employees and the wider community safe.
Effective immediately we have put the following procedures in place:
1. An updated health & safety policy has been implemented requiring all Media Arts Lawyers employees to take additional care and precautions in respect of their own and all other employees health and safety whilst at work in an attempt to minimise the potential spread of COVID-19;
2. If an employee suspects that they, or a person they reside with, has COVID-19 or are otherwise showing any symptoms of COVID-19, such employee will self-quarantine and work from their home until either: (i) a healthcare provider examines the employee and confirms that they do not have COVID-19, or (ii) a healthcare provider diagnoses the employee with COVID-19 and thereafter clears them to return to the office; and
3. All non-essential business travel has been halted.
We have taken the decision to ensure the safety of our employees and clients to require that all employees work from home for a specified period. The current working from home period is with effect from close of business on March 16th 2020 until close of business on March 20th 2020. We will be assessing the need to extend the requirement for employees to work from home prior to the end of the current period and will provide an update.
As a business that operates throughout the world, we are accustomed to working from many locations and timezones and accordingly we do not foresee any direct impact at this stage to our working capabilities and capacity. Further, our existing secure cloud-based technology, together with the procedures we have implemented, aim to ensure we can continue working throughout this uncertain time with minimal disruption via email, phone, video conference and other remote access and communication tools.
We of course note the potential disruption and uncertainty you may be facing with your business and existing contractual arrangements. Please do not hesitate to contact us immediately to discuss any current concerns around your ongoing business operations and needs – we are here to assist as needed and where we can.
If you, or someone you know, works in music or entertainment and needs someone to talk to, the Support Act team are available 24/7. Support Act Wellbeing Helpline – 1800 959 500.
David Vodicka, Stephen King and Julian Hewitt
Partners, Media Arts Lawyers
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19): We’re seeing the novel coronavirus raise a number of complex legal issues for our clients, particularly for those operating live events and music festivals. We are encouraging our clients to proactively consider how COVID-19 will impact their businesses, employees and upcoming events, and to mitigate that risk where needed. If you’re concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on your event or business – we’re here to help, contact Kristin at firstname.lastname@example.org.