Audio Recording of ABCs of a Music Producer Deal: 6 Key Points

Audio Recording of ABCs of a Music Producer Deal: 6 Key Points

Top music attorneys wrangle a career-making music producer deal. Top experts Kendall A. Minter, Esq. and Evita G. Kaigler, Esq. discuss 6 key areas of a music producer agreement. Moderator: Julie K. Roach, Esq.

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Top music attorneys wrangle a career-making music producer deal.

Most people think they can just hand a negotiation to a lawyer, and leave it at that. But as a professional, you need to understand the process and deal points, too, and what the short- and long-term implications to your artists’ careers may be.

In this session, top experts Kendal A. Minter, Esq. and Evita G. Kaigler, Esq. discuss 6 key areas of a music producer agreement. They will give you the inside track on major deal points, what they mean and what leverage you have to negotiate the best possible deal.

Most importantly, you will hear HOW a producer deal is negotiated and see the process.

Get educated about the art of deal making and the right time to make a deal!


  1. Logistics: Where song is recorded, artist approvals, producer deliverables.
  2. Master Recording: Who will own and control it?  What does this include?  Exclusive rights to manufacture, distribute and issue master use licenses.
  3. Splits: Is producer also a songwriter?  What percentage, if any, is producer entitled to of the song’s copyright?
  4. Fees: How, what and when will producer be paid?  Up-front and back-end compensation.
  5. Credit: What specific credit will producer receive?
  6. General Clauses, Terms & Options: Original work, indemnification and more.


  • Producer advance vs. recording fund. Did you know it all comes out of the artist’s recording fund?
    Producer royalty.  Did you know it all comes out of the artist’s royalty?
  • Recoupment
  • Controlled Composition Clause: what you need to know if your producer is also your co-writer.
    What does the artist’s recording agreement say?  This affects the producer’s royalty, royalty accountings, mechanical royalties, CD reductions, “fake” free goods and much more.
  • Assignment


  • Artist Managers, Producers & Artist Reps
  • A&R, Artist Development and Marketing Executives
  • Record, Distribution & Music Publishing Executives
  • Anyone seeking more information about music production deal structures

PROGRAM DATE:  Oct. 18th, 2017 (in Atlanta, GA)
PROGRAM TIME: 1 hour, 37 minutes, 52 seconds (1:37:52)
QUESTIONS? Call 818-769-7007 or contact NARIP




Kaigler-Evita-smallEVITA G. KAIGLER, ESQ., Evita G. Kaigler, LLC

Evita G. Kaigler is an attorney, public speaker, author, philanthropist and champion for musical integrity. As founder of the Law Offices of Evita G. Kaigler, LLC (est. 2006), she leads the firm in the major recording, music publishing and the independent music market. The firm serves as legal counsel for some of Hip Hop’s top and rising stars such as Big KRIT, Joey Bada$$, Mick Jenkins, Raury, and Noname. Evita finds great love and purpose in her capacity as a music lawyer and consultant, serving as a deal maker for clients such as Adidas, American Eagle, NBC, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Toyota, Calvin Klein, Converse, Def Jam, Sony, Warner Chappell and Universal Music Publishing Group. She also serves as legal counsel for songwriters and producers who have written and produced for acts such as Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Kehlani, Migos, Chris Brown, and Rick Ross. Evita is the founder of Don’t Forget About The Music, which is a call to action, a mission, and a resource to help artists, producers, songwriters, and music business entrepreneurs build a foundation for their success in the music space. She released her first book Don’t Forget About The Music: How To Build Your Foundation For Success In The Music Space in 2015.  Ms. Kaegler channels her passion for philanthropy into her Future Music Attorneys program which she founded for college and law students interested in the music law profession.  She serves as Board Director for Emory Law School’s Entertainment & Sports Law organization. Evita is a graduate of The University of Georgia and Emory University School of Law.


Minter-Kendall-smallKENDALL A. MINTER, ESQ., Minter & Associates, LLC

New York native Kendall A. Minter has practiced law for over 4 decades, including at major and boutique law firms.  He established Minter & Associates, L.L.C. in Atlanta in 2004, a boutique law firm which represents a diverse international clientele in entertainment, corporate, intellectual property, sports and new media matters.   Mr. Minter’s varied clients, past and present, include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Shabba Ranks, Lena Horne, Roy Ayers, Musiq Soulchild, Jermaine Dupri, Najee, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Third World, Bunny Wailer, The Government of Jamaica, The Backstreet Boys, Ying Yang Twins, Donell Jones, Jagged Edge, Cassandra Wilson, Teddy Riley, Freddie Jackson, former WBO Heavyweight Champion Ray Mercer, Cameo, Silk, The Fat Boys, Peter Tosh, Ashanti, Onyx, Nat Robinson and First Priority Music, Milk Dee, M C Lyte, Heavy D & The Boyz, Mad Cobra, Mtume, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Bishop Eddie Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Juanita Bynum, Arrow Records (Dr. Creflo Dollar), Pastor Dewey Smith and Greater Traveler’s Rest Baptist Church, Montell Jordan and Victory World Church and others.

Mr. Minter is a co-founder and inaugural Executive Director of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association. He serves on the Board of Directors of Rhythm & Blues Foundation and is the Chairman Emeritus of the organization and is a member of the Board of the Living Legends Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of Sound Exchange, Inc.  He is a founding Advisory Board Member of Sound Royalties, L.L.C., a music industry finance company.  He has served as a director of the American Youth Hostels and the 100 Black Men. He was an adjunct professor at Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, currently teaches Copyright and Music Publishing at Georgia State University and is a frequent lecturer for the Practicing Law Institute and other organizations as well as a frequent contributor and columnist for several music trade publications.  He is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in Entertainment, Who’s Who in The East and Who’s Who amongst Black Americans and he has been inducted into the Knights of Malta, O.S.J.  Mr. Minter is a graduate of Cornell University where he received a B.A. in Political Science.  He received a J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1976.


Roach-Julie-KesslerJULIE KESSLER ROACH, ESQ., Associate Corporate Counsel, Inform, Inc., NARIP Board Member

Julie K. Roach, Esq. enjoys practicing law to support artists and creatives in the advancement of their careers, and to ensure that their works are respected and protected. Julie received her Juris Doctor degree from Emory University School of Law, and graduated with a certificate in Transactional Law and Skills. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Music and Philosophy. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Georgia. Julie has worked with ASCAP, at The Coca-Cola Company, at Georgia Lawyers for the Arts and with several solo practitioners. She was also on the executive board for Emory’s Sports and Entertainment Law Society. She is an active member of the National Association of Record Industry Professionals board and the planning committee for the Atlanta Bar’s annual LawJam as well as a member of the State Bar of Georgia Entertainment and Sports Law section. As Director of Volunteer Services at Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, Julie helped provide pro bono legal services and educational programming to low-income artists and non-profit arts organizations. At Live Nation Entertainment, Julie works with the Artist Rights Acquisition team to draft, negotiate, and execute artist agreements, music licensing and publishing contracts for promotions, live streaming, and video on demand.  Julie is currently Associate Corporate Counsel at Inform, Inc., a leading provider of technologies and solutions that enable the distribution, delivery, and monetization of contextually relevant and engaging premium video content for thousands of local and national publishers across the U.S. and internationally on mobile and desktop. In addition, she is the Principal Attorney and Owner of Julie K. Roach, Esq., LLC, a law practice focusing on creative entrepreneurs and intellectual property. Julie has played alto saxophone for over 15 years and works for the Georgia Theatre, a famous music venue in Athens, Georgia.




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