Shopping your music, film and book projects through an attorney is a double-edged sword.
Here’s the reality behind “shopping”…
Record labels, Film & TV Studios and Book Publishers never accept UNSOLICITED demo, script or manuscript submissions. This includes submissions sent from the artist directly, or from an attorney or agent.
If an UNSOLICITED submission is made, it will be returned unopened or simply tossed in the circular file.
Most lawyers that practice entertainment law DO NOT “shop” demos, scripts or manuscripts; we only “submit” them.
Thus, it’s up to you to connect with someone with authority at a label, production house or publisher (i.e. an A&R rep), who is willing to accept your submission (This would NOT include secretaries, receptionists and/or admins).
Take down their name, address & phone number, email and any other pertinent information (i.e. their preferred method of delivery).
Here’s that Other Edge…
Once you’ve got the necessary contact info then you need to hire an entertainment lawyer to submit the demo, script or manuscript on your behalf. Why? Believe it or not, labels, studios and publishers require submissions to be made by an attorney or agent; despite your having secured the contact. (It has a lot to do with separating business from emotion).
Here at ARC Law Group we do submit materials for our clients, once they’ve made a solid contact. We believe any project can be a success. While we can’t guarantee any particular outcome, we will zealously advocate on behalf of the projects we represent.
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