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Understanding Texas' Ban on Shady Promoters and Venues

By Sholdon Daniels

Shady club promoter in black and white.
The entertainment business is full of shady characters.

As a music lawyer in Texas, I'm well-versed in the legal regulations that govern the entertainment industry in our state. One important law that all music promoters, event organizers, and venue owners should be aware of is the Texas State Ban on Promoting Fake Shows, which is set out in Section 17.902 of the Texas Business and Commerce Code. In this post, I'll explain what the ban is, how it works, and what it means for the entertainment industry in Texas.


What is the Texas State Ban on Promoting Fake Shows?


The Texas State Ban on Promoting Fake Shows is a law that prohibits the promotion or advertising of a live musical performance that does not actually occur. In other words, if you advertise a show that is fake or fraudulent, you are in violation of this law. The law was passed in 2011 as a response to concerns about fraudulent promotions in the music industry.


How does the ban work?


The Texas State Ban on Promoting Fake Shows applies to anyone who promotes or advertises a live musical performance in Texas. This includes music promoters, event organizers, venue owners, and anyone else who promotes shows to the public. Under the law, it is illegal to promote a show that is not actually happening, or to knowingly provide false information about the performance.


What are the penalties for violating the ban?


Violating the Texas State Ban on Promoting Fake Shows can result in significant legal and financial consequences. Anyone who is found to have violated the ban can be subject to civil penalties, including fines and damages to anyone who purchased tickets to the fake show. In addition, anyone who knowingly participates in a fraudulent promotion can be subject to criminal charges and face imprisonment.


What does this mean for the entertainment industry in Texas?


The Texas State Ban on Promoting Fake Shows is an important law that helps protect consumers and ensure the integrity of the music industry in Texas. For music promoters, event organizers, and venue owners, it means that you must be careful to ensure that the shows you promote are legitimate and actually happening. You should work closely with reputable musicians, booking agents, and other industry professionals to ensure that your shows are of the highest quality and meet all legal requirements.


As a music lawyer in Texas, I can help you navigate the complex legal landscape of the entertainment industry and ensure that your shows are in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations. From negotiating contracts with musicians and booking agents to ensuring legal compliance with state and federal laws, I'm here to help you succeed in the competitive world of Texas entertainment.


If you have questions or concerns about the Texas State Ban on Promoting Fake Shows or any other legal issue in the music industry, contact me to learn more about how I can help. With my deep understanding of Texas law and extensive experience in the entertainment industry, I'm the ideal legal partner for anyone who wants to succeed in this exciting and dynamic field.

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