Music Misconceptions

A large portion of our practice at Troglia Kaplan is within the music industry. We work with clients in every segment of the industry from musicians to managers to labels to distributors and more. Because of our diverse client base and years of experience, we are able to recognize certain trends, hot topics, common misconceptions and red flags while working within the music world. Each month we are going to look to highlight one of these areas that, to us, has a deep impact on an artist's career as a musician.

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Chicago’s New Pop-Up License

On December 1st, 2018, Chicago began offering a new business license aptly called a “Pop-Up License”. A Pop-Up License allows restauranteurs and entrepreneurs to test their concepts without the burden, and risk, of signing a long-term lease or acquiring a license. The license is broken down into two categories; Pop-Up Users and Pop-Up Hosts. The Pop-Up Users are those who wish to test their business ideas in different locations around  the city while the Pop-Up Hosts are those who are allowed to host Pop-Up Users.

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Introducing our Immigration Practice

Troglia Kaplan is pleased to announce the addition of our Immigration Practice. We have taken this initiative because we strive to serve as a business’ general counsel offering comprehensive guidance and expertise to our clients. U.S companies are now competing with foreign companies around the world more than ever. In a global economy, it is crucial that key personnel be able to cross borders expeditiously, with certainty and frequency.


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Soundcloud Listened (To Us)

Sometimes speaking out works. @SoundCloud listened and modified its new artist contract. Thanks to some solid journalism (take that #fakenews), and the power of artists and their representatives (like yours truly), SoundCloud revised its new artist monetization agreement. The program introduced by SoundCloud four years ago allowed select artists to earn a share of ad revenue and subscription fees by monetizing the use of their music.  

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Update: Music Modernization Act

Previously we reported on the Music Modernization Act, a bill proposed to ensure digital music services pay fair royalties to the copyright holders, and where it stands during its process to be become an enacted bill. We are happy to announce that MMA has been signed and now is law! The MMA is a dense, comprehensive 170-page bill and we plan to break down various sections of the law. This article will focus on what are the next steps in implementing this new legislation and how songwriters should best prepare themselves for the upcoming changes.

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US Immigration News - November 2018

President Trump has signed a bill (H.R.6157) to fund the federal government through December 7, 2018, preventing a federal shutdown after September 30. Immigration programs previously set to expire on September 30 will be reauthorized through December 7, including the EB-5 Regional Center program.

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New Illinois Liquor Law: Winners and Losers

Illinois recently passed two significant changes to its liquor laws – HB 4897, allowing taprooms (retail outlets of a brewery) to serve beer and cider from outside producers, and SB 246, a modification of the prohibition on retail liquor sales within 100 feet of certain establishments such as a church, school, or hospital.

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TKH on MMA

Previously we reported on the Music Modernization Act, a bill proposed to ensure digital music services pay fair royalties to the copyright holders, and where it stands during its process to be become an enacted bill. As we are aware from the timeless SchoolHouse Rock classic “I’m Just A Bill”, in order to enact a bill it takes time and votes from different levels of Congress.

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The Songwriter Curse (Avoid the NOI(d))

It seems to be a constant battle for songwriters to economically receive what is rightfully theirs. First, fighting with labels over rights and royalties, then finding a publisher (big enough) to collect those royalties, now going after digital service providers

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#Squad

I’m sorry (again) for the lack of posts over the last several months (make that years).  The truth is that we have been too busy working and have let our attention to this important outlet lapse.  Instead of promising to write more, we want to make sure 

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