As a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point student, Mueller began selling her band pieces to a publisher. Encountering publishing contracts led to her decision to undertake independent study with a professor who knew the business side of the music industry. Mueller said the experience led to the realization she “needed to go to law school.”
After studying entertainment law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, she joined Hellmuth & Johnson in 2016. As an associate attorney Mueller advises filmmakers, composers, artists, musicians, screenwriters, software developers and performance groups to protect their intellectual property, negotiate agreements and other matters.
She helps artists be proactive so that if their projects find a market, they have a contract protecting their intellectual property. “You’re safeguarding people’s rights or people’s livelihoods, and in my line of work in people’s dreams — and that’s inspiring and energizing,” she said. “I see my role as an enabler of dreams. Not every client I have is a career artist — some are doing this as a side hustle, or they have a passion project,” Mueller said.
Her pro bono work includes serving as chair of the Sports, Art and Entertainment Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association and as associate director of the Very Young Composer’s Project in Wisconsin. Outside of law, Mueller composes film scores and concert music and plays the viola. In addition, she has taught college courses, published several articles, a book chapter, and presented on business and the arts.
“I have the interesting task of maintaining two careers at the same time, but I’ve always been someone that’s taken on multiple things at once,” Mueller said.
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