Year: 2021

Dani Oliva

Founder,
Oliva Law Group, P.C.

Dani’s passion for music and entertainment developed at a very young age. Dani was born in Toronto and grew up in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada and loves his Canadian roots.

As a young transgender person, Dani had trouble finding his place in the world. In his teens, he discovered the Toronto entertainment scene. He read the liner notes of his favorite records, attending art exhibitions and punk concerts at The Big Bop, discovered Wavelength music, helped program shows for Jeff Healey’s venue Healey’s and Annex Wreck Room in Toronto, and found community at The Beaver and Glad Day Bookshop, read zines, participated in marketing efforts for labels like Sub Pop and Fat Wreck Chords, and learned firsthand how art can change a person’s life.

The artistic and creative world helped him find himself and his purpose: helping creative people navigate business, break down boundaries, and create art.

After graduating from the University of Toronto, where he studied English Literature and Art History, Dani was inspired by successful Canadian entertainment lawyers such as Susan Abramovitch and Chris Taylor and went to Los Angeles to attend law school. While in law school, Dani managed and worked with Canadian artists including Carole Pope of double-platinum, four-time certified gold band Rough Trade and Canadian rock band Sumo Cyco fronted by Juno-nominee Skye Sweetnam. Dani lead Sumo Cyco to touring over 10 countries worldwide, helped secure a relationship with Live Nation for tour promotion, a performance at Download Festival in UK, and ultimately assisted them in signing with Napalm Records. He wrote about music for The Huffington Post and was a legal extern at Live Nation in Beverly Hills.

With legal knowledge now in his pocket and a knack for business, Dani could actualize his dream of creating his own law practice and music consulting firm to further assist artists and musicians.

Dani founded Oliva Law Group, P.C. in 2017 and since has worked through business, legal, and administrative issues with his clients, while also providing music consulting services. Dani has assisted clients with matters including, but not limited to royalty disputes, unlawful use of name and likeness matters, breach of contract claims, copyright infringement, as well as band partnership agreements, management agreements, publishing agreements, producer agreements, label agreements, endorsement deals, visa applications, business formation and brand protection. Oliva Law Group, P.C.’s clients range from Grammy nominees and Billboard Hot 100 #1 songwriters, to top level music merchandising companies.

In March 2020, Dani co-founded a nonprofit entitled Motion Creative with other entertainment executives. Motion Creative hosts music writing camps, showcases, and panels, and supports programming in the arts that promote underserved populations cross-borders. Motion Creative has programmed music for Outfest Fusion festival and has organized education Q&A webinars to benefit the MusiCares COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund with Grammy winning special guests and nominees including Dua Lipa, Sarah Hudson, Sabrina Carpenter, Tove Lo, Fred Ball, Leland and more. Motion Creative Co-President Jess Furman has worked with SONA to develop an emergency relief fund with approximately $300,000.00 USD acquired by generous donation for songwriters in need of emergency relief due to COVID.

In 2020, Dani also co-founded Canadian management company Muk Posh and currently manages Canadian artist Betta Lemme (Ultra) whose song “Bambola” amassed over 100+ million streams, charting #1 in Israel, #4 and certified Gold in Italy, and #50 worldwide. Betta is Ultra’s Highest Charting Artist on Shazam after “Bambola” was featured in Netflix’s 2021 film “To All The Boys: Always and Forever”.

Dani also manages Canadian, Indigenous, LGBTQ+, actress and artist Jayli Wolf who you may recognize from the film The Exchange and is working on her 2021 EP release. Jayli and her project with Hayden Wolf Once A Tree has received critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, Vice, Buzzfeed, People, Billboard and the JUNO Awards; and artist, songwriter Jackie Lipson, whose independent break-out single “Someday”, which Billboard called a “soothing, lush slice of dream pop”, hit over 250,000 organic streams.