Peace and Blessings!
I'm truly grateful to serve all of my clients in every area of law that I practice, but serving my clients in the Entertainment space is near and dear to my heart.
I grew up in the entertainment business as the song of international reggae artist Bankie Banx. During my adult life I have served as an artist manager, event promoter, executive director of an international music festival, and as an artiste and singer/songwriter.
If you are an artist or entertainer, I am one of your tribe.
How I Can Help...
Band Partnership Agreements
Advising and Consulting
Olaide Banks is a highly respected entertainment lawyer known for his expertise in representing international reggae and U.S. Christian hip hop artists. His industry experience is also highlighted by a stint as the executive director of the renowned Moonsplash Music Festival, and his own artistry as a singer/songwriter. This unique blend of legal acumen, industry experience, and artistic passion, makes Olaide a trusted advocate for clients in the entertainment world.
With a Juris Doctor degree from South Texas College of Law and a deep understanding of the entertainment industry, Olaide has carved out a niche in representing reggae artists from around the globe and Christian hip hop artists in Texas. His profound appreciation for reggae music and its cultural significance has allowed him to establish strong relationships with acclaimed reggae musicians, producers, and record labels. Olaide's legal expertise spans a wide range of areas, including contract negotiation, licensing agreements, intellectual property protection, touring arrangements, work visas, and international music rights.
In addition to his legal practice, Olaide brings his experience as the past executive director of The Moonsplash Music Festival for 7 years. Through this role, they gained invaluable insights into the intricacies of event management, artist relations, contract negotiation, and licensing agreements. This firsthand experience provides Olaide with a unique perspective when representing clients in the music industry, enabling them to navigate the complexities of live performances, sponsorships, and other festival-related legal matters.
Beyond his legal and executive roles, Olaide is an accomplished singer/songwriter, showcasing his own musical talents. His most recent album “All The Colors” debuted in the Top 10 of the Reggae Album Charts worldwide on Apple Music, on its release in October 2022. Olaide’s social commentary song “House on Fire,” released during the fall of 2020, was for several weeks one of the top rotated songs on Sirius XM’s The Joint. As an artist, he has a deep understanding of the creative process, the challenges faced by musicians, and the importance of protecting their intellectual property rights. This firsthand experience as a performer allows Olaide to empathize with his clients on a deeper level and provide comprehensive legal guidance tailored to the unique needs of artists.
A recognized authority in entertainment law, Olaide frequently speaks at conferences, podcasts, radio programs and serves as a resource for aspiring artists and industry professionals. Olaide is professional member of The Recording Academy and a member of ASCAP.
Combining a passion for the arts, legal expertise, and an unwavering dedication to his clients, Olaide is committed to helping artists protect their creative works, achieve their professional goals, and navigate the complexities of the entertainment industry.
More on Olaide's music at www.olaidebanks.com