The notoriously competitive music business is becoming more and more frenetic every day. As record sales decrease, musicians are expanding their brands to seize growing sources of income like touring, merchandise, multimedia projects, and royalties from streaming services and commercials. With so much to consider, DIY usually won’t cut it for those who are looking to thrive.

Poyner Spruill’s attorneys are trusted advisors to bands, musicians, recording studios, engineers, music festivals, personal managers, agents and independent record labels in intersecting areas such as contracts, intellectual property and technology that drive this exciting industry.

We help clients organize, structure and operate their businesses and, ultimately, monetize their work – everything from drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts to tax, employment, partnerships, and strategic alliances. Our litigators defend our clients against lawsuits and help enforce and protect their rights through mediation, arbitration, settlement negotiations or, if necessary, in court.

Poyner Spruill serves recording artists and other music clients in matters including:

  • Recording contracts and publishing arrangements
  • Forming band entities and drafting band agreements
  • Intellectual property matters, including copyrights and trademarks
  • Negotiating licenses for the use of music in films, on television networks, in advertisements, and in other media
  • Live performance, touring, and venue contracts
  • Contracts for side artists (for tours and recordings)
  • Investments in tours and recording sessions
  • Agreements for traditional and electronic distribution
  • Working with other representatives (e.g., personal managers and booking agents)
  • Synchronization and master use licenses
  • Management and agents’ contracts
  • Contracts for the use of recording facilities and equipment
  • Performance and mechanical royalties
  • Forming corporate entities and providing general corporate advice
  • EUE / Screen Gems LTD
  • Trailblazer Studios
  • Torchmedia
  • Studio ELM
  • Spark Productions
  • Relativity
  • North Carolina FC
  • North Carolina Courage
  • Mindcrack
  • The Hive
  • Level Path Productions
  • Centerline Digital
  • Baby Makes 3


We pride ourselves on developing lasting relationships with our clients. We have been working with some of our clients since their formation, and others for over 10 years. Drawing on more than 40 years of combined experience in diverse practice areas, as well as the knowledge of other attorneys within our firm, we have the unique ability to provide our clients with a full range of legal counsel that extends beyond the field, studio, or stage.