Are You an Independent Artist? You Need an Attorney.

In the dynamic world of independent music, art, and athletics, having a dedicated lawyer by your side is not just a choice; it’s a strategic necessity. Independent creators, be they musicians, artists, or athletes, invest immense time and energy developing their skills and bringing their vision to life. Don’t leave yourself open to risk. Safeguard your dreams and aspirations by hiring legal representation to put yourself on the path for independent success and protection. 

Work With Someone Who Understands You 

Artists and athletes will inevitably have to navigate the complex landscape of contracts, intellectual property rights, tax, and negotiations. Handling those things requires a trained legal mind – why not choose to work with someone who is passionate about you and your work? 

By day, attorneys may deal with contracts and courtrooms, but it is important to remember that all attorneys are also people. They enjoy music, art and sports just as much as anyone else and when you work with a lawyer who shares and believes in your dream, they not only become an ally but a passionate advocate. 

What An Attorney Can Help With 

From negotiating record deals and licensing agreements to safeguarding intellectual property, legal representation plays a pivotal role in shaping your career trajectory. Consider as an example the way we consume art – specifically music. Ten years ago, music was purchased track by track through online stores such as iTunes. Now, we have streaming services that pay by the play. Imagine what it could be like in another ten years. Whether it is reviewing a contract with a new platform or protecting your work with copyright protection, a lawyer is essential to your long-term success. 

Additionally, athletes and musicians alike accumulate considerable assets throughout their careers. A lawyer with a vested interest in their client’s goals becomes a key player in managing and safeguarding these assets. Whether it’s structuring endorsement deals, managing contractual obligations, or forming a legal entity, having a lawyer who understands the unique challenges of the industry will only help you. 

Hopefully you never have to worry about a legal risk or challenge – but as an independent artist or athlete, it is important to remember that you are also a business and to think as a business owner. 

Work With Someone for the Long Term 

Like most successful relationships, the bond between an independent creator and their lawyer is more than transactional; it’s a partnership built on shared visions. It’s more than the giving of legal advice, it becomes a source of strategic counsel, helping you navigate the ever-evolving landscape with confidence. 

As an attorney, I am unlikely to hit a grand slam or make a film for Sundance. But as an artist or an athlete, you can. And it’s my job to help you protect your value and creations– no matter what comes your way. Send me an email at or call (724) 776-8000 and ask for Cameron Kockler. 

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