Entertainment Lawyer2018-08-22T18:02:54+00:00

The DEALMAKER, from composing to closing.

Nashville’s premier entertainment lawyers & intellectual property law firm

Providing boutique legal services for high-profile celebrities:
licensing, protecting and defending the rights of the business and creative industries for over 20 years.1

Entrepreneur – Music – Television – Film – Media – Sports

Original Ideas…

…particularly those expressed in the creative arts, are indispensable to the advancement of human knowledge.

The protection of such expression is essential to human progress.

-Barry Neil Shrum, Origins of an Idea

Entertainment Lawyers
located in the Heart of Music City, USA

Nashville is known as “Music City” because of the prominence of its entertainment business, but what some people do not know is that it is also home to other creative and innovative sorts.  Over the past decade, Nashville has become one of the fastest growing regions in terms of business dynamics, technological innovation and diversity.  In fact, Nashville recently ranked second on the Young Entrepreneur Council’s list of “startup paradises” as a result of opportunities arising in the varied fields of tech, computer, healthcare, education, real estate development, film, television and, of course, sports by virtue of the fact that is home to the Tennessee Titans!  As home to the Entrepreneur Center, a hatchery for new ideas, as well as numerous venture capital and start up firms including Jumpstart Foundry, TNInvestco, INCITE, Launch Tennessee and the Nashville Capital Network, just to name a few, Nashville creative environment makes it an ideal location for starting new business ventures and creating new innovations.  All of this combines to make the Music City one of the top ten fastest growing cities in the U.S. according to CNNMoney.  At Shrum & Associates, our resources and relationships help our clients capitalize on Nashville’s creative energies and protect their valuable intellectual assets and legal rights.

All of our clients are celebrities

Mr. Shrum may be called America’s premier entertainment lawyer, but he treats each of his clients as unique.  All of the clients at Shrum & Associates are celebrities, regardless of whether they are seen on national television every week or struggling to start a new business.  Each one deserves that special attention.

We believe that a client doesn’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Our competitive advantage is offering personalized legal services that are uniquely tailored to each client.

We are world class attorneys who hold ourselves to the highest standards and produce quality results.

But don’t take our word for it, here are some endorsement from a few of our clients.

“The Closer”

Daymond John

Barry defends the principles that give entrepreneurs, inventors and creators the inspiration to take action and create new businesses – and new ideas – every day. I call him “the Closer.”  -Daymond, John, The Shark Group

“Go to Guy for Licensing”

Barry is an indepensible member of the team at D3M. Simply the best at taking deal points I throw at him, frequently when I’m on the go between meetings, and turning them into enforceable contract language. He’s helped me close dozens of deals and it my “go to guy” for creating my licensing deals. -David Gold, D3M Licensing Group

“A trusted confidant”

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I wish I had known Barry during my days at Epic and in the mid 80’s when I was managing Michael. When I moved to Nashville, he was one of the people I relied on and trusted. A great friend and a wise lawyer. Thank you Barry.  -RIP Frank Dileo, 1947-2011, Michael Jackson’s Personal Manager

“I’m fortunate to have found Barry.”

About a year ago, I received a call from a production company who wanted to produce a pilot for a reality TV show. I build pools, so I didn’t know anything about the entertainment business. I’m fortunate to have found Barry. He helped me understand the business and my contract. The pilot was picked up and we’re now in the middle of a season that is growing in popularity. Thank you! – Kyle Peek, Pool Kings & Peek Pools & Spas

“The Heart of a Teacher”

Barry Shrum just gets it! The music business is undergoing radical change. It is absolutely essential that today’s artists have an understanding of the legal issues facing them in this new era of “do-it-yourself” broadcasting. And because he has the heart of a teacher, Barry’s immense knowledge and experience enables him to empower you with the understanding you need to protect your creations. – Rick Lazarus, Lazarus Artist Management

“The first person I call.”

A few years ago, I had the misfortune of being involved in a lawsuit that could have been devastating to me as a small business owner. I had 10 days to file a response with the court and didn’t have an attorney I trusted to take the case. After a few days of searching, I met Barry Shrum. After viewing his client list, it was clear he was the right man for the job. Barry can shift from Teddy Bear to Grizzly Bear in 6 seconds when the situation calls for it. He navigated me through a frivolous lawsuit that could have bankrupted my business. Anytime I have something important that I want to make sure is done right, Barry Shrum is the first person I call. He is excellent!
Brent Crouch, Jillian Distributors

“Incredible Resource”

Barry is my entertainment lawyer. He continues to be an incredible resource for me through the many different stages of my career. He is knowledgeable, attentive and absolutely dedicated to his clients. -Logan Brill, Recording Artist

“The Person I Turn to”

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Barry has represented some of the most influential movers and shakers in the creative industries and the venture capital business. He is an excellent entertainment lawyer, skilled in all aspects of intellectual property and is the person I turn to when I need a contract to reflect the deals that I put together.”  -Jay Leoparidi, Direct Sound

“Like having your very own in-house counsel”

Direct Sound, a world leader in studio headphones, has been a part of Shrum & Associates’ Firm Advice™ General Counsel Program for over a year and have been extremely pleased.  It is like having your very own in-house counsel at a fraction of the cost.

– Steve Rois, CEO Direct Sound, LLC

“A Forward Thinker”

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Barry Shrum’s advice is always spot-on. He is most knowledgeable in a variety of legal-related topics, is very responsive, and very reliable. He is a forward thinker, who brings creative solutions with a proper measure of what is tried and true. On top of all that, Barry is an amiable gentleman with the utmost integrity – Roe Frazier, Frazier Law


“Integrity” should be Barry Shrum’s middle name! He has represented [me and my daughter Brittany Wells] as our entertainment lawyer for various reasons from independent label legal work to finalizing and handling everything for our publishing agreements. He has always looked out for our best interest and has done it with great competency and class… He treats every client as if they are his only client. I am now happy to call him a friend not only my attorney. You will be proud to have him on your side. – Andrea Wellsfry, CEO Spindletop Records

“Responsive and easy to work with.”

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Barry managed the legal review and E&O insurance process for my documentary film “Brother Joseph and the Grotto.” He was responsive and easy to work with, answering all my questions.

@RedClayPictures Giving a shout-out to Barry Neil Shrum, our legal and clearance counsel for ‪#‎brotherjosephmovie‬. Check out Barry’s blog, “Law on the Row.” Thanks, Barry!

– Cliff Vaughn, Red Clay Pictures

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Featured Articles from “Law on the Row”


By |August 8th, 2018|Categories: Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News, Music Industry, Music Row Nashville, Music Row News, Nashville, Songwriting|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Yesterday I had the honor of attending the announcement of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame's 2018 inductees, Ronnie Dunn, K.T. Oslin, Byron Hill, Wayne Kirkpatrick and Joe Melson.  I am so honored to serve [...]


Arman Asadsangabi and his band Oddnote make Waves around Nashville

By |January 29th, 2018|Categories: Client Activity, Music Industry, Music Row Nashville, Music Row News, Nashville|

For several years now, Sony/ATV has partnered with Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont University, where I adjunct, to sponsor a songwriting contest called the Sony/ATV All-Access Program.  Students submit [...]

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Barry Neil Shrum named general counsel for Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame

By |January 25th, 2018|Categories: Client Activity, Entertainment Industry News, Music Row Nashville, Music Row News, Nashville, Songwriting|

Shrum & Associates’ very own namesake, Barry Neil Shrum, Esquire, was recently appointed to serve as general counsel for the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, and to serve as a non-voting member of its [...]

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Intellectual Property Law: Is it relevant in today’s high speed digital age?

By |November 16th, 2017|Categories: Copyright Issues|

Editors Note:  Today we begin an intriguing series of articles regarding the relevance of intellectual property concepts in an age in which the likes of John Perry Barlow, founder of the EFF, have declared [...]

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Original Expression

Those who claim that our “culture always borrows from the past” would have us discount the possibility of an original thought or expression, a concept which, in turn, does injustice to such thinkers and creators as Einstein, Schrödinger, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Monet, Mozart and Beethoven. The fact that such creative genius can be rare does not eliminate its possibility, nor its probability.   A world devoid of original expression is a dark world indeed, and not one that  we as a society should wish upon ourselves.

-Barry Neil Shrum

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U.S. Consitution: Art, 1, Sec, 8, Cl, 8

Congress shall have the power to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries

James Madison

The Constitution of the U.S. has limited them to two cases, the authors of Books, and of useful inventions, in both which they are considered as a compensation for a benefit actually gained to the community as a purchase of property which the owner otherwise might withhold from public use. There can be no just objection to a temporary monopoly in these cases; . . . because under that limitation a sufficient recompense and encouragement may be given. . . (Emphasis added).

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale 'til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free.

John Augustus Shedd

When there is an original sound in the World, it makes a hundred echoes.

Frédéric Bastiat,

“In the full sense of the word, man is born a proprietor. . . . Faculties are only an extension of the person; and property is nothing but an extension of the faculties. To separate a man from his faculties is to cause him to die; to separate a man from the product of his faculties is likewise to cause him to die. ”

Leonardo Da Vinci

Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.