DIY Legal for Filmmakers, Musicians, Small Business

One of the most frequent questions I get from musicians, filmmakers and micro businesses has to do with legal help. When budgets are tight, even though you know you really need a lawyer to draft contracts and other forms, to help you navigate the world of film, image and music rights, and more – the budget just may not be there.

So, my official advice is to have a legal budget as well as a marketing budget from the beginning, even if it’s small. That said, since reality often dictates bootstrapping everything from borrowed equipment and broken down vans to legal information, here are some books you can look into that may help you in your quest for DIY contracts and forms. Note: there is much crossover in music and film for legal issues, so musicians may also find the film information helpful as well. It will at least give you a fighting chance when you are at the beginning of your music, film or business career.

I hope you find these helpful while you build the budget you need to afford a lawyer of your own.

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  2. meleahrebeccah December 12, 2010

    These look like great books. And they might even be nice to give as gifts to friends/family members that are musicians and/or filmmakers!

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