Live Events & Tours

In today’s competitive music industry, tours and live events form the backbone of a successful recording career. Solo artists and bands must put on shows to establish and grow their audience. In this era of downloads and streaming, tours and live events are also a crucial source of income for performing artists. The lawyers in the Dickinson Wright Entertainment, Sports & Media group have spent years guiding clients of all types, from emerging artists to acts topping the Billboard charts, as they take their music on the road.

Whether our clients are putting on a secret pop-up event or contemplating a yearlong series of international shows, we provide support for each and every legal issue that must be addressed. This includes negotiating and drafting critical contracts with venues, touring crew, transportation companies, hotels, promotions staff and others, as well as advising our clients on insurance issues to mitigate liability. Our intellectual property lawyers also handle licensing deals for tour merchandise and can put in place measures to address bootlegging and illegal recording. With Dickinson Wright handling the legal details, our recording artist clients are free to focus on their job -- providing a memorable experience for their fans.

Our work in this area includes:

• Negotiating contracts, such as performance agreements, with venues, booking agents, touring crew, transportation companies, hotels, promotions staff, and others.
• Advising on insurance and other liability issues.
• Managing the full range of intellectual property matters related to live events and touring, including merchandising and addressing unauthorized recording.
• Forming touring entities and implementing written policies and procedures for employees and independent contractors.