Hoare Associates: the go-to ALSP for the music industry

We deliver supercharged legal and BA support for modern music businesses. Established in 2015, we leverage technology and process optimisation to deliver innovative solutions that help you streamline your legal operations, reduce costs, and manage your paperwork efficiently.

So what is an ALSP?

An Alternative Legal Services Provider (ALSP) is a company that provides legal services to clients outside of the traditional law firm model. ALSPs use technology and process improvements to streamline legal work, increase efficiency, and reduce costs.

In recent years, ALSPs have gained momentum as businesses seek to optimise their legal operations and reduce their legal spend. Now valued at $20.6 billion, the ALSP sector has experienced substantial growth with a 20% compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2019 to 2021, according to the 2023 Alternative Legal Services Providers Report*.

* Published by the Thomson Reuters Institute, the Center on Ethics and the Legal Profession at Georgetown Law, and the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.

The Rise of the ALSP: Bringing Innovation to Music Business Affairs

Whilst they are a trusted solution in other industries, ALSPs are a relatively new development in the music business. We believe it's time for the industry to embrace innovation and adopt this proven solution, streamlining the support for legal and business affairs teams and keeping pace with the rapid growth in our sector.

What we Deliver

- High pedigree legal expertise​

- Streamlined efficiency through innovative workflow principles​

- Cost-effective and predictable pricing​

- Enhance your capacity with our team of passionate professionals​

- Simplify complex processes into one reliable solution​

Delegate time-intensive, or intricate workflows to our team, and we’ll get your deals done, with minimal fuss and heartfelt engagement, all for the love of music.

recent work includes:

Case Studies

An overwhelming volume of producer agreements to process.

We fully integrate with the business affairs team of the major label, to provide streamlined process to draft, issue, negotiate and conclude hundreds of producer agreements over the past 5 years. Completion times are hugely reduced and core in house business affairs team are freed up to focus on high value transactions, whilst retaining full oversight and transparency over outsourced producer agreement work.

A lack of capacity in short-term, due to staff changes.

We provided transitional support for inhouse business affairs team, during period of change within their department – in doing so, the incumbent business affairs team adopts many of the working practices (kanban based workflow) which the new team now successfully integrate into their working practice.

Requires simple, easy to understand templated agreements.

We provide bespoke suite of affordable and user friendly agreements, which the label can tailor to their own needs, covering: recording agreements (for singles/Eps/albums) producer deals/synch licences/ sample clearances. We remain on hand for more novel queries, but the label is given the confidence it needs to draft and issue their own paperwork in many instances.

A management company with an A-list roster of producers, who negotiate most deals in-house, require additional, cost effective help and expertise on a variety of matters each month.

We establish a standing relationship, in which we can provide swift, detailed mark-ups of more complex agreements where necessary, or are on-call to answer specific novel queries as they arise. All within a simple, monthly capped cost.

A ground-breaking label and content library, whose contractual process is extremely well honed, and to a large extent automated, still finds that there is an all too human element of managing individual queries on contracts or dealing with novel changes to agreements on a case by case basis.

We fully integrate with their processes and systems, to provide rapid and responsive business affairs expertise and support, whilst not slowing down the efficient systems which they label has already put in place.

The short film below explains how our process works, and how it might help your business.

Patrick Dunn Alice Keegan @ etandund Dave Okumu
Alex Arcoleo

They are innovative thinkers befitting the modern music industry and has an music-centred outlook second to none.

Black Acre

Hoare Associates has really helped us to streamline the Legal side of Synch licensing and the service we provide to our Synch clients

Warp Music Publishing

Hoare Associates have been incredibly helpful in helping support the growth of Naim Records through their extensive knowledge and personable approach.

Naim Records

As the Anjuna brand has grown over the last 10 years, Hoare Associates has played a vital part, providing smart and wide ranging legal support, and most importantly imparting some rare common sense


We offer simple tailored monthly costs caps, as well as initial free trial periods.

To enquire about how we can help with your business affairs