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Three Top Lawyers and a Manager Share Pro Tips for Negotiating a Las Vegas Residency

Before agreeing to an extended Las Vegas run, managers and entertainment lawyers advise artists to take a detailed inventory not only of what is contained in the residency contract, but also what…

Before agreeing to an extended Las Vegas run, managers and entertainment lawyers advise artists to take a detailed inventory not only of what is contained in the residency contract, but also what isn’t.

Exclusivity restrictions, merchandising deals, VIP one-on-ones with high rollers, duration of show, songs played, band per diems, marketing spends, comp tickets and production advances are among the many variables that these artist representatives say must be settled in advance when negotiating a Vegas residency with a casino.

Artist manager Larry Rudolph and entertainment attorneys Leslie Frank, Debbie White and Jamie Young, who have negotiated some of the most successful residencies of the past 10 years, share their secrets with Billboard on how to hammer out the most lucrative 360 deal possible.