Shoosmiths advises festival bringing seminal names in music to the city

Shoosmiths advises festival bringing seminal names in music to the city


Author: Kara Shadbolt

Leading UK law firm Shoosmiths are the appointed legal advisors to the UK's only pop music genre based literary festival, Louder Than Words.

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Wilko Johnson Louder Than Words Festival

Shoosmiths have provided corporate and funding advice, drafted and negotiated agreements with sponsors and advised in relation to talent and branding matters to help the organisers in staging Louder Than Words 2014.

Now in its second year, Louder Than Words is a genre-based pop music literary festival, which celebrates oral, written and published words associated with the music industry, will take place at the prestigious Palace Hotel, Manchester, over the weekend of 14 to 16 November. The festival has grown substantially since its inaugural year and brings in Omnibus Press, the world's largest publisher of music related books, as headline sponsor for 2014.

This year's festival will play host to more than 70 contributors, including influential names in music such as Edwin Collins, Viv Albertine of all female punk band, The Slits, Guy Garvey of Elbow, Tim Burgess of The Charlatans and Jah Wobble of PiL. The festival is also delighted to welcome back Wilko Johnson of Dr Feelgood this year. The host of writers and musicians will meet to hear, share, discuss and celebrate the best of published and unpublished words associated with the music and popular culture industries.

The festival programme includes in-conversation sessions, panel discussions, workshops, lectures, performances, interviews and opportunities to engage with fellow delegates, contributors, and music industry professionals.

Laura Harper, partner and head of Manchester's IP & Creative industries practice at Shoosmiths, said: 'It is fantastic that we have had the opportunity to work with this important literary festival given Shoosmiths' commitment to providing specialist legal advice to the creative industries.

'The North West is a hotbed of creative talent - and we support this by having a specialist creative industries practice which houses our music law practice, publishing legal expertise, design and communications law specialism together with an in-depth knowledge of the wider creative and digital sectors, which is why working with the excellent team at Louder Than Words made sense for us .'

Jill Adams, organiser of Louder Than Words, said: 'We're really excited about our pending Festival and the great names and events we're able to attract and host. Needless to say, the success of such a venture is also reliant upon great partnerships and collaborations and to have Shoosmiths on board as our specialist legal partners is both a privilege and a reassurance that top quality provision remains a priority in everything we do.'

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Laura Harper is a partner in Shoosmiths' national IP & creative industries group and heads the team in the Manchester office. Immersed in the sector, she and solicitor Carol Isherwood help her clients to acquire, protect and commercialise the work they produce.

Shoosmiths acts for a broad range of creative and digital businesses from multi-national technology companies, major fashion brands, communications agencies including advertising and design agencies, digital agencies and PR companies through to product design and manufacturing companies, film and TV production companies, music businesses, publishing, gaming and software businesses, arts organisations, individual designers, writers, artists and musicians.