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New ABA book offers in-depth ‘how-to’ on representing musician clients

New ABA book offers in-depth ‘how-to’ on representing musician clients

By John Glynn

CHICAGO, Nov. 20, 2013 — With the advent of digital distribution, musicians increasingly need lawyers to help them make music. The American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division (GPSolo) has released a new book that aims to give small-practice lawyers seeking to work with musician clients an in-depth look at the multifaceted world of music law.

“Music Law for the General Practitioner” includes information on everything from copyrights and trademarks to identity rights and the latest developments in the usage rights of digital music. The book takes a fresh look at how the business of music has changed since the 1990s for lawyers who are new to representing musical talents, producers or consumers. Other topics covered include: music publishing, financing of bands, record companies and producers, agents, taxes and musician’s estate.

The author, Thomas R. Leavens, has been practicing music law since 1992. He is a partner at the Chicago firm Leavens, Strand, Glover & Adler LLC, which specializes in entertainment, media and intellectual property law and concentrates on matters involving creative industries and endeavors. The book is co-authored by Heather Liberman, an associate at Leavens, Strand, Glover & Adler LLC, who also is a classically trained ballet and modern concert dancer and has danced with multiple modern dance companies in New York City.

Title: “Music Law for the General Practitioner”

Publisher:        ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division
                         ABA Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports Industries
Pages:             257
Product Code: 5150461
ISBN:               978-1-62722-153-5
Size:                6x9
Price:               $79.95
Orders:            800-285-2221 or

Editor’s note: Author interviews and review copies are available by sending an email to Kelly Keane at If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Kelly Keane, American Bar Association, Book Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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