In part 1 of this two-part article on music copyright, David Bilan answered questions on music ownership, penalties for infringement, and ways to legally use the tracks you need. Now he goes on to share more options that children’s entertainers have regarding songs and sounds for their shows.[Read more...]
Questions on music copyright usually come up in any discussion among kids and family entertainers. To help shed more light on this matter many of us feel we need to learn more about, David Bilan has kindly shared this pack-load of information. See it below.[Read more...]
In late March, three entertainment industry giants filed a lawsuit against a company that provides costumed characters for parties and events.
Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm Entertainment Company accused Characters for Hire of using their copyrighted characters, like Mickey Mouse, Disney princesses, Spider-Man, and Darth Vader, without permission.
The news sparked quite a discussion in our Kids Entertainers Facebook group as members were divided on the issue. Some rejoiced that the media giants have sought to protect their intellectual properties as this will discourage unprofessional and half-baked “character entertainers” and ripoffs, while some are concerned about how or if entertainers can actually obtain permission to use copyrighted characters in their acts. (To view the post and the entire thread, just go to our Facebook group and type ‘Disney’ in the search bar.)
Below we list the points raised in the discussion and some additional information that we believe kids entertainers, particularly those who appear as costumed characters, will find useful.[Read more...]
You’ve finished your show and now it’s time to be paid for your gig. You try to find the busy mum and you spot her frantic with guests. With some effort, you're able to have a few seconds with her, but she tells you her husband forgot to withdraw the cash for your payment.
And so begins an almost weekly ritual for many children’s entertainers.
When it comes to getting paid for gigs in a timely manner, remember:
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Try these five techniques to make your payment headaches dissolve away.
1. Take the upper hand.
We love this idea.
It elevates you from a place where you're uncomfortably asking for payment to a position of control. And all it costs you is five cents.
You will start using this tomorrow.
Why would an entertainer want to “incorporate?” Man when I was first starting to earn a decent living as a performer, this topic caused me more confusion than just about any other as far as business organizations go...
Everybody kept telling me that I needed to “incorporate.” What the heck did that mean?! Well it turns out it really isn’t that big of a deal.
Legal Tips For Kids Entertainers
Did you ever hear your parents say 'It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt!' Children's entertaining is sort of like that. We often don't plan ahead. Here are some essential things EVERY kids entertainer needs to consider ...