“I have been working in this business for a long time – mostly in the legal realm, but also in management and at record companies – and noticed that many of the same basic issues/questions crop up time and again’ states McLane “I thought it would be a good idea to try and isolate those key areas and put together a book where I provide the most practical advice I can from my unique perspective/experience. I truly believe this book will be helpful to artists and executives who are striving to become a success in music (and perhaps will lead to a series of similar books from me on other topics related to entertainment).
Published by Artisthead Music, the 10 chapter book according to McLane is to make it easy for the average musician to obtain and understand the basics of entertainment law in order for them to move ahead in their careers. “My style has always to try to make/keep things simple both in writing and speech, so I approached the book from the angle that it is more like the reader having a conversation with me in layman’s language. I tried to avoid being technical or complex, and in that way it is hopefully easier for the reader to get a handle on the concepts so they can make the best decisions when these matters come up in their careers.” McLane further states.
Ben McLane Esq. is a highly sought after Los Angeles based entertainment attorney. Earning his law degree from Pepperdine University, McLane acquired his industry credits by working in legal and business affairs at Rhino Records and Priority Records, was the head of business affairs/CFO for JWP-USA/BMG, and also acting as a talent scout and artist manager. McLane has over 250 published articles on the business of music in magazines, books and blogs. Over the years McLane has been involved with a number of gold, platinum and Grammy nominated artists and projects (e.g., Jay-Z, Mary J Blige, The Eagles, Cher, Katy Perry, and Guns and Roses among many others). McLane has also been a music business law instructor at Musician’s Institute and Los Angeles College of Music, and spoken at many national conferences such as SXSW and NAMM.