Legal Resources

Legal Landscape:
The Value of Conducting a Member Survey—The Legal Way (Open Access)

As independent music teachers and directors of independent music schools, we constantly seek information on the most up-to-date business trends in our profession. Articles, blogs, presentations and webinars all help, but another way to find the latest and greatest information is to conduct a survey of our peers. When planning a member survey, be aware of the following do’s and don’ts to help you gather relevant data, observe best practices and abide by legal requirements.

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Legal Landscape: Protecting Your Business When an Employee Leaves: Purposes and Benefits of Non-Compete Agreements and Non-Solicitation Agreements

Non-compete agreements, also known as restrictive covenants, are a legal agreement between an employer and an employee that limits the employee’s ability to compete with the employer’s business after their employment ends. While these agreements are a common feature in many large companies, small businesses—such as music studios and independent music instructors—can also benefit from using them.

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The New Face of Music (and Copyright) (Open Access)

COVID, virtual teaching, Zoom, downloadable PDFs…all have changed music instruction forever, and rapidly. Don’t let it change your respect for the laws governing copyrights, purchasing music, and sharing that music with others …

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Copyright Information (Open Access)

MTNA provides information on the reproduction, recording, distribution and performance of music and the guidelines that govern these actions.

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What Every Independent Music Teacher Should Know About Business Licenses and Zoning Regulations (Open Access)

When launching a music studio, it is important to understand the requirements for local business licenses and zoning regulations. Following zoning laws and acquiring a business license when necessary protects a private studio or commercial school from unwanted fines or closure for noncompliance, so it is wise for us all to be educated on this important topic …

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Zoning Kit

Independent Music Teachers frequently have questions and concerns regarding home studios. MTNA provides a Zoning Kit to address these various concerns.

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