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Top 3 Cool Jobs This Week: Music Law

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By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. on September 16, 2016 12:01 PM

You don't have to give up your rock and roll dreams just because you're a lawyer. In fact, the two can merge quite nicely. No, we're not talking about starting up a band with a few fellow esquires. (A psychedelic group called "Res Ipsa," maybe? A 90's cover band that goes by "In REM?") We're talking about a job in the music industry.

So, as part of our affiliate program with Indeed, we're bringing you the coolest, most chart-topping legal jobs we can find this week, all in the field of Music Law.

1. General Counsel, Musical.ly

This L.A.-based tech company is looking for "a business-minded attorney" to come on board as general counsel. Musical.ly is a lip syncing app that lets users select music, record a short clip of them lip syncing along, and then share that video with their friends or the whole world. Think of it as mix of karaoke and Snapchat.

Musical.ly is looking for an attorney to negotiate and execute contacts, advise the executive team, and provide day-to-day legal counseling. Since this is music law, a strong background in intellectual property is a must, and prior experience in the music or entertainment industry is a big plus.

2. Music Counsel, YouTube

The radio isn't the only place people go to listen to music today. Over the past years, YouTube has become a major music-distribution platform, with YouTube-hosted music videos getting millions of views. That's how Justin Bieber got his start after all. And who could forget "Gangnam Style," with its 2.5 billion views.

As music counsel for YouTube, you'd focus on "cutting edge music licensing," content creation and distribution, and, of course, transactional work. YouTube believes that "20th century laws don't always solve 21st century problems" so be ready to think creatively about legal problem solving if you want to join this team.

3. Attorney, Broadcast Music, Inc.

BMI is a "performing rights organization," a company that collects licensing fees for songwriters and composers and distributes royalties for their work. And it's a major force in American music, representing everyone from Dolly Parton to Nickleback, from Fats Domino to Shakira.

As an attorney for BMI, your work would be arbitration heavy. You'd review arbitration files, prosecute delinquent accounts in arbitration, and obtaining arbitration awards. Knowledge of copyright law and the music industry is a plus, as is an appreciation of the Grand Ole Opry, as this job will land you in Nashville, Tennessee.

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