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Anita Rivas

Anita Rivas is a solo practitioner and former partner in the entertainment law firm, Escalante, Walner & Rivas and works as co-counsel for other firms in Los Angeles. Rivas has represented a variety of clients, including, independent labels, Modern Sky, Kung Fu Records (Blink 182), Hopeless Records (Avenged Sevenfold & Thrice), Fearless Records (Plain White Ts), Smartpunk and recording artists, such as, The Vandals, Hawthorne Heights, Anti-Flag, Pennywise, The Aggrolites, Finch, The Long Beach Dub Allstars and individuals, such as, Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Kim Deal (The Pixies & The Breeders), Josh Freese (Sting, Nine Inch Nails…), Dustin Hawthorne (Hot Hot Heat), Warren Fitzgerald (Gwen Stefani), Taku Hiranu (Bette Midler, Fleetwood Mac…), Brooks Wackerman (Bad Religion, Tenacious D, Avenged Sevenfold), Joe Escalante (radio personality), Kevin Lyman (Van’s Warped Tour & Taste of Chaos owner/concert promoter) and Elijah Wood and Chad Gilbert (Newfound Glory) in connection with their respective independent label projects. Rivas has also provided consulting services for corporations such as Sears and Levis (campaigns involving digital rights); NBC Universal (rights analysis and asset management); Sole Technology (music licensing); Legal Zoom (band partnership agreements); and Best Buy (marketing campaigns involving A list talent). Rivas presently represents a range of creative clients and entities, from entrepreneurs, indie film and record production companies, curators, concert promoters, producers, writers, consultants, recording studios, labels, investors, executives, filmmakers and indie rock bands, such as, The Mystery Lights, Dead Meadow, The Molochs, Fortunate Youth and Jakob Nowell (LAW) and actors such as Corey Feldman. Rivas is former production counsel (including all music clearance) and associate producer of Rockstar’s Taste of Chaos Live DVD/CD package and Van’s Warped Tour 2007 LIVE! DVD and music supervisor and music legal counsel for the film, "Endless Bummer" (produced by Kevin Lyman) and its soundtrack, which features Katy Perry, Blink 182, Pennywise and Joan Jett. Rivas also successfully cleared immigration for the sold out J Rock Festival on behalf of Yoshiki (9 bands from Japan), the US Taste of Chaos Tour (3 bands from Japan) and for M.I.A. (UK) and various business executives. Rivas served as production counsel for the award winning film, “She Makes Comics”. Rivas is production counsel and associate producer for the Todd Zman Zalkins Story about the road to sobriety, which features Jakob Nowell and footage from the Long Beach music scene, including Sublime and Bradley Nowell. Rivas has been quoted on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and has been featured in the Bay Guardian, the SF Weekly (full cover and feature article), the SF Chronicle, the SF Examiner and the LA Times over the years, with regard to her legal expertise and involvement with the development of artists in the independent music scene. Rivas has consulted for NARAS, ASCAP and BMI as a producer of various artist development and A&R programs. Rivas has moderated or appeared as a panelist for SXSW, CMJ, NXNW, NARIP, EAT'M, IPELS (LACBA), ASCAP, NARAS and the DIY Convention which she co-founded in 2000 with USA Today journalist, Bruce Haring to support artists’ rights and education. Rivas is an Associate Member of the Recording Academy and a Member of the USC Beverly Hills Bar Association Institute of Entertainment Law and Business Planning Committee. Rivas has written numerous articles about performance rights in sound recordings, the Audio Home Recording Act and US copyright law for NARIP and also testified on behalf of rights holders during the NII hearings held by the Clinton Administration in the early ‘90s. Rivas is a tireless artist rights’ advocate traveling to Austin, Washington DC and to the California regional offices of our Congresspersons to champion the rights of musicians, songwriters and producers. Prior to law school, Rivas enjoyed a remarkable career in the concert industry as a key promoter and talent buyer in Northern California, booking thousands of bands (e.g., Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, Ministry, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Motorhead, Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Counting Crows, Social Distortion, The Damned, NIN, Chris Isaak, Billy Idol, Joan Jett, Red Kross, Buzzcocks, Faith No More, Was Not Was, Butthole Surfers, Breeders, Pixies, Joe Strummer, Mazzy Star, Primus, De La Soul, Ice T, Digital Underground, The Replacements, etc.) in the heyday of Indie and Alt Rock for some of the Bay Area’s top venues, including the Kennel Club in San Francisco for Bill Graham Presents and The I Beam in the Haight. Rivas also booked Jack’s Sugar Shack weekly Alt Nights sponsored by the LA Weekly & BMI, which featured artists, such as Beck, Everclear, Sublime, Linda Perry, Red Hot, Chili Peppers, Black Crowes, Van Morrison, Tommy Stinson and Peter Himmelman. Rivas also set up, financed and operated several independent labels with distribution through Rough Trade, NAIL and the Orchard. As an artist, Anita Rivas performed as a rhythm guitarist and background vocalist, with Dawn Laureen in the indie alt rock band, Whatever, which recorded a handful of singles [with lead guitarist Frank Infante and drummer Clem Burke (Blondie)], one of which made it into a Flipside Magazine compilation in the mid 90s. Rivas performed at various LA clubs, including Jacks Sugar Shack on Hollywood and Vine opening for punk legends, The Dickies. Rivas also recorded background vocals on Roger Gisborne’s album, Before The Music Fades released in 2010.