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Avoid Legal Disputes that Can Break Up
Your Band

Check out our panel: Infamous Band Disputes and How to Avoid Them

Hear about the trials, tribulations and aftermath of band warfare from defendants and plaintiffs willing to share behind-the-scenes details of their high-profile legal battles with former band mates. Discover the ramifications of not having a legal band agreement in place as artist and attorney panelists discuss what went wrong and what happens after the divorce. Learn about what you can do to help avoid disputes and protect your interests as an artist/musician.

  • Joe Escalante – Legal Commentator, The Vandals' Bassist
  • Anita Rivas – Entertainment Attorney/Professor of Music Business & Law
  • East Bay Ray of Dead Kennedys
  • Neville Johnson – Entertainment Attorney, Johnson & Johnson LLP
  • Matthew Belloni – Executive Editor, Hollywood Reporter

After the panel, join us for Happy Hour in the IFC Crossroads House at Vice Bar (302 E. 6th Street) where you can chat one-on-one with Joe Escalante about the legal issues bands face and how to protect yourself and your music. Bring your drink tokens from the panel for free drinks!

Joe's checklist
Bands & Musicians
  • Band partnership agreement
  • liability insurance
  • DBA
  • Tax ID Number (EIN)
  • Trademark
  • Copyright
Joe's Checklist for Bands and Musicians
  • Screenplay collaboration agreement
  • LLC
  • Tax ID Number (EIN)
  • Trademark
  • Copyright
Joe's Checklist for Filmmakers

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More About Joe

Joe Escalante is a California attorney, plays bass for the Vandals and owns Kung Fu records. He routinely dispenses free legal advice via Free Joe on the LegalZoom Facebook page and the entertainment legal advice call-in radio program, "Barely Legal Radio."

Joe received his B.A. from UCLA and his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles with a focus on antitrust litigation. He has 18 years of experience as an entertainment attorney in Hollywood and has spent 30 years in the music, film, and television business. Joe is semi-retired from the practice of law, but remains an active member of the California State Bar and serves as a judge pro tem for the Superior Court of Los Angeles County.

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