Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis


The Department of Music and Dance

Thesis Type

Honors College, College of Arts and Science Honors

First Advisor

Alexander Stewart, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Michael J. Tomas III, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Joseph Capps, Adjunct Professor


Transactional Entertainment Attorneys in the Music Industry


This thesis will examine how the role of transactional lawyers and their relationships with artists in the music industry first developed and then have adapted to changes in the industry to stay relevant. This evolution is due to a number of reasons: the diminishing power of the record industry; the failure of anti-file sharing laws; and the progress of technology to make music more accessible than it has ever been around the world. Therefore, the role of what a transactional entertainment lawyer needs to do to be successful has shifted. This research is significant because while there has been extensive research on how record labels have consolidated and artists have gained more independence, there is little research offering analysis of the transformation of the legal, transactional side of the industry.

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