The New Deal: 360 & Beyond with Dina LaPolt

The New Deal: 360 & Beyond with Dina LaPolt


With major changes in recording agreements over the past three years, NARIP scheduled this special session with top-rated music business attorney Dina LaPolt to discuss the latest developments, key deal points and contractual issues that affect an artist’s rights and income, and a record company’s ability to acquire and monetize additional rights.


With major changes in recording agreements over the past three years, NARIP scheduled this special session with top-rated music business attorney Dina LaPolt to discuss the latest developments, key deal points and contractual issues that affect an artist’s rights and income, and a record company’s ability to acquire and monetize additional rights.

  • Record & Music Publishing Executives
  • Producers & Artist Managers
  • Artist Reps & Artists
  • Music Attorneys
  • Anyone who would like to understand how these deals pay!

  • Multiple rights: what are they?
  • How to minimize a record company’s involvement in additional rights
  • How to obligate a record company to monetize additional rights and maximize returns from a 360 deal
  • Important deal points including new 360 provisions, ancillary rights, digital royalties, a discussion of the new publishing royalty rates for mobile, digital downloads, and interactive streaming services.
  • The right time to make a deal
  • 360 deals for developing artists

You will also learn Dina’s Eight (8) MAJOR areas of negotiation for record deals:

1. Artist advance / recording fund
2. Controlled composition clause
3. Guaranteed release clause
4. Pay or play clause
5. No cross-collateralization / separate “pot” for master-tone, voice-tone and DVD monies
6. Tour support / marketing and promotion commitment (videos, etc.)
7. Artist royalty and royalties payable on foreign sales
8. 360 deals: try to limit other ancillary rights (i.e., merchandise, publishing, touring, sponsorships, etc.)

    • Excerpt from Meet the Millennial Generation by Terry McBride and Brent Muhle
    • Dina’s eight (8) MAJOR areas of negotiation for record deals
    • Record Royalty / Income Streams Available To The Artist
    • iTunes & Master Tone Royalty Calculations
    • Webcasting Royalties: Interactive vs. Non-Interactive
    • Public Performance Royalties For Internet Licenses
    • Harry Fox Agency New Digital Mechanical Royalty Rates

“Multiple Rights Deals in the US: 360 and Beyond”, by Dina LaPolt and Bernard Resnick. Excerpted from Multiple Rights Deals In the Music Industry published by the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers

PROGRAM DATE: April 16, 2009
PROGRAM TIME: 2 hours, 4 minutes (2:04:32)
QUESTIONS? Call 818-769-7007 or contact NARIP

The New Deal: 360 & Beyond with Dina LaPolt

Dina LaPolt

Dina LaPolt is an entertainment attorney at LaPolt Law, P.C. in Los Angeles. LaPolt Law is a boutique entertainment firm that specializes in representing clients in the music, merchandising, film, television, and book publishing industries. The firm’s clientele include recording artists, independent record companies, music publishers, songwriters, producers, managers, executives in the music and film industries, film production companies, photographers, directors, writers, authors, and actors. In addition to practicing law, Dina teaches “Legal and Practical Aspects of the Recording and Publishing Industries” in the Entertainment Studies Department at UCLA Extension and speaks regularly on panels at music industry conferences all over the country. On the film production side, Dina was the co-producer of the 2005 Academy Award-nominated documentary film entitled Tupac: Resurrection. For more information on Dina LaPolt or her firm, please log on to

Michael A. Aczon

San Francisco Bay Area based Michael A. Aczon has practiced entertainment law and personally managed select clients since 1983. As a lawyer, he has represented a variety of clients in virtually every musical genre from unsigned local artists to multi-platinum artists and writers to L.A. and Nashville-based companies. Says San Francisco Examiner’s Edie Sellers, Aczon is “bright, funny and supremely knowledgeable. He possesses that too rare ability to distill complicated issues of entertainment law and convey them in a clear, storyteller language we all can understand.” Michael’s book “The Professional Musician’s Legal Companion” published by Thomson/Hal Leonard is quickly becoming a “must-have” for musicians of all levels of experience and success in the Industry. He has been a columnist for Guitar Player Magazine and Electronic Musician Magazine and is a contributing writer to the book “The Independent Working Musician” by Mary Cosola. Michael is a member of the Music and Recording Industry faculties at San Francisco State University and Diablo Valley College. He has served on the National Entertainment Law Initiative Committee for the Recording Academy and is a member of the San Francisco Chapter’s Urban Outreach Committee. He lectures at various colleges, law schools, and music industry seminars nationwide.

Program Music Courtesy of Sparks & Silouhettes


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