Music lawyers are specialized entertainment lawyers, and within the world of music lawyers, many attorneys have further specialized in dealing with a certain part of the industry. Understanding what you need legal help with will make it easier for you to find a lawyer who is up to the task. Knowing whether you are looking to build a long term relationship with a lawyer will also impact the process.
Without knowing at what point your daughter is in her music career, it is difficult to give you guidance. Entertainment attorneys can get her foot in certain doors, but she needs to bring something more to the table than desire. Has she been performing, drawing crowds, getting lots of traffic on You Tube, etc.? Perhaps she is already at that stage, and this is not meant to be condescending in any way, but perhaps starting with some good books and Internet research on the music business would be a great starting point.
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I agree with the other answers that much is dependant on where she is in her career. I don't know that an entertainment attorney will necessarily give her more exposure or a better chance of "making it," however, I would highly suggest having an attorney look over ANY and ALL contracts before signing ANYTHING.
I had an up-and-coming client who nearly gave away all rights in all his music to enter a contest with a nominal prize. The fine print can be a dangerous thing, so make sure you have an expert look that over each and every time.
If she does not already have one helping her, it would be wise for you to try to persuade a "talent agent" [instead of an attorney] to assist you and your daughter in her singing career. Visit the link below to track one down. Good luck.
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When looking for an entertainment attorney, you should look for one who:
1. Has experience working for a major entertainment company or law firm;
2. Practice areas focused on entertainment (as opposed to doing "on the side";
3. Resources to help with other aspects of her career;
4. Understands the industry and is passionate about supporting clients.
First get a talent agent who will propose a representation contract for your daughter. There are two agencies the ATA (west coast, LA) and the NATR (east coast, NY), the ATA being much larger. The best talent agencies belong to both. You are in Chicago, half way between the two. I would suggest you opt for the ATA to find your agent. Then of course there is the Am. Idol, Voice and X-Factor talent hunts to consider.
Second, once the agent proposes a contract take it to an entertainment attorney, and specifically a music attorney to review. That helps keep the talent agency honest with your daughter, and since she is a minor, that means with you. Also, a good entertainment lawyer will have an opinion as to whether you have chosen the agent well or not and, if not, may have other suggestions.
That is how Taylor Swift went about it at age 13. Now 22, she has done pretty well for herself.
I suppose your daughter is in a different genre, so check out the talent agents for who they rep and you will find the one that fits the image she wants to emulate. For example if she want to be the next Nikki Minage that is different than Beyonce Knowles or Jennifer Lopez.
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