The Music Industry Clinic has provided pro bono work for 60 LA-based musicians, labels and music companies, ranging from sorting out royalty-collection issues to crafting artist-producer agreements.
Cheryl K, an aspiring singer and student at the University of Southern California, was selected from thousands of applicants to sing in Mandarin over the opening credits of the 2018 hit movie Crazy Rich Asians. K was stunned by what she saw as her big break — but then became stressed: She had only a week to review the recording contract and no money to hire an attorney.
K's music industry professor, Dr. Paul Young, pointed her in the direction of University of California, Los Angeles' Music Industry Clinic (MIC), a new student-run service created by law professor and Azoff MSG Entertainment co-president Susan Genco, who designed it as an experiential complement to her lecture course. K applied for the clinic's free legal services and within a week, a small fleet of law students were poring over her agreement.
"They were so helpful and they worked so quickly," says K. When the negotiations grew unexpectedly complex — rapper-actress Awkwafina contributed a rap to the song that also played over the film's closing credits — the clinic's staff assisted her throughout the process.