Brisbane Entertainment Lawyers
Our Brisbane Entertainment lawyers are actively involved in the Australian music and entertainment scene, and are dedicated to protecting the intellectual property of musicians, performers and artists.
We advise prominent musicians, festival and music producers, songwriters and performers about their rights, and help negotiate business agreements, such as management contracts, booking agreements, and touring contracts.
We also assist clients to set up record labels. We draft agreements covering everything from artist management, funding, copyright and performer’s’ rights, booking arrangements and music festivals.
Zeke Bentley knows the industry personally – his late grandfather Keith Bentley was recognised as one of Australia’s best Jazz saxophonists. His father is the internationally successful songwriter and performer David Bentley. His sister Danielle is a sought-after cellist and an award-winning festival curator.
David Bentley has written and produced multiple albums over his 50+ year career, he has won numerous awards and had a number of international hits (www.davidbentleymusic.com.au). His song ‘In a Broken Dream’ rose to the higher reaches of the international charts in the early 70s and is currently enjoying renewed success thanks to a remix version by Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtZBA1bVbcs), who has retitled it Everyday. The song is a rock classic and has been covered (and charted) by artists including Rod Stewart, Thunder and Kathryn Williams. This experience naturally gravitated Zeke towards guarding performer’s rights, and copyright.
Danielle Bentley has received the Award for Excellence by an Individual from the Australian Music Centre for her contributions to music, and runs her own agency (bentleysagency.com.au), is an Awarded curator of music festivals, and enjoys respect as a classical cellist while also performing with such diverse artists as Pete Murray, Harry Connick Jnr, Kanye West, De La Soul, Missy Higgins, Xavier Rudd, Kate Miller-Heidke, Pavarotti, Nigel Kennedy, Il Divo, Jerry Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Grace Knight, Dionne Warwick, Tommy Lee, Chrissy Amphlett, and Jimmy Barnes.
Whilst focused on law, our IP Associate Tom Webster has also worked with Record Labels, and regularly performs and records, supporting Coldplay and the Temper Trap on their Australian tour in 2012.
Angus Murray holds a Masters degree in intellectual property law, and has focused on international copyright issues throughout his studies.
Suffice to say we know the entertainment industry personally, we have the skill and experience to protect your rights, and we are passionate about protecting intellectual property rights.
- Organising the VISA’s for Hamish and Andy’s World Cup Tour Competition.
- Advising prominent Australian music producers and artists about their management contracts, agency contracts and royalty agreements.
- International licensing deals involving car-manufacturing giant, TomCar, and startup software companies that currently have upwards of 500,000 users.
- Acting for the Queensland Jazz Society.
- Establishing and running the Dockside Comedy Bar (now known as The Albion Comedy Bar).
- Negotiating contracts for famous radio presenters like Greg Sullivan and Jamie Rowe with NOVA and Austereo.
For professional legal advice regarding all areas of entertainment law, speak to one of our Brisbane Entertainment Lawyers at Irish Bentley Lawyers.