Ben Glover hails from Glenarm, County Antrim, a small coastal village 30 miles from Belfast, Northern Ireland and splits his time between there and Nashville, Tennessee. This singer/songwriter traded in a degree in law to pursue music and from all accounts it was a move that has paid off. Glover has been compared to Ryan Adams, David Gray and Bruce Springsteen and has been called “one of the finest writers in Ireland today”.
Sarah Pellicano is a singer-songwriter and all round musical polymath based in Perth. Pellicano brings her sultry, powerful Florence Welch-influenced vocals and City and Colour inspired lyrics to a range of musical genres from acoustic, hiphop, electronica and drum and bass.
Oh Yeah Music Centre
Belfast, Northern Ireland
The Oh Yeah music centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland has had a series of highly positive engagements with Fran Cotton.
She has helped us to draw up partnership contracts for successful music projects. She has given us a lot of helpful, ad hoc advice. And she has also worked as an advisor and mentor to a series of bands in our music talent development programmes. All of the above services have drawn on Fran's great reservoir of music industry experience and her finesse with legal issues particular to this sector. She is also a very approachable and enthusiastic professional. We have no hesitation in recommending Fran.
Never Say Die
We have worked with Fran Cotton negotiating recording deals with major record labels and publishing deals with UK and European publishers.
Fran has always been a charm to work with and very understanding of the intricacies of working with an independent music company. Fran has always carved out excellent deals for us and I recommend her services to anyone in the music industry
Do One Music Group
Fran has acted as lawyer and business affairs adviser to both myself and my artists and songwriters for over 5 years.
As one of the most knowledgeable and experienced music industry lawyers I've encountered, her advice and contribution has been invaluable. Her expertise on recording and music publishing contracts is second to none, and I never cease to be amazed by her incredible attention to detail. I would recommend Fran to any artist or music industry professional without hesitation!
David Hull Promotions
Belfast, Northern Ireland
I have worked with Fran professionally for the past 8 years, initially as an artiste manager and in that role found her to be a highly effective, strong but empathetic artiste representative, and then as our legal representative on a number of negotiations.
Fran's attention to legal detail is exceptional and she has become an invaluable member of our negotiating team. I would recommend her to anyone who needs a fair and strong advocate. On top of that she is a positive and joyful person to be around - a great combination when you are in the middle of difficult negotiations. I can highly recommend her experienced and innovative approach to her profession.
Tom Picton WarlowPerth, Western Australia
My daughter Jessica has started a career in modelling over the past six months and during this time we have engaged Fran as our entertainment lawyer for contractual negotiations.
Fran has delivered a number of important results for us during this time. While delivering results, Fran has also shown an ability to communicate the meaning of agreements to us in terms of outcomes and implications that are understandable. I would thoroughly recommend Fran for entertainment industry legal representation and strategic advice.
Facebook my be a great social medium but think twice before using it to serve legal documents. Flo rida wins appeal against "fat as butter" festival organisers. The American artist pka Flo Rida has successfully appealed a judgment against him for over $380k because a court document was sent to him by email and a message posted on his Facebook page. As always, the case turns on the facts. Facts Flo Rida was due to headline the “Fat As Butter” festival in October 2011 but failed to appear. The festival organisers, Mothership Music Pty Ltd, commenced an action against him for breach of contract. Mothership Music obtained an order from the NSW District Court allowing them to serve a statement of claim on Flo Rida via email and posting a message to him on his Facebook page concerning this. Flo Rida did not appear in court and a judgment for damages in the sum of $380,400.60 (plus interest) was made against him. The order was made the day before Flo Rida left Australia and the NSW Court of Appeal found that: 1. there was no evidence to suggest that Flo Rida had seen the statement of claim; 2. the email did not identify the recipients; 3. there was no evidence that the Facebook page was Flo Rida’s; and 4. there was no evidence that Flo Rida had seen the post before he left Australia. Conclusion There was no proof that Flo Rida saw the email or posting on Facebook whilst he was in Australia. The order permitting service via email and Facebook was overturned because Flo Rida could not lawfully be personally served outside Australia. Decision Decision Date: 20 August 2013 Flo Rida v Mothership Music Pty Ltd (2013) NSWCA 268
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