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Drake has OVER 20 LLCs and Corporations! Here’s why!



Why does Drake have over 20 shell companies? As an artist, you might find yourself doing the same thing someday. Let me break this down...


Shell Corporations

Shell corporations usually don't have active business operations or significant assets, even if their owners do. While they're often perceived as tools for illegitimate dealings, many are legally used for various legitimate reasons, such as raising funds, going public, or maintaining confidentiality. From large conglomerates to private individuals, shell corporations are widely used.


The Companies


LLCs:

  1. Dream Crew Management, LLC

  2. D Crew Management LLC

  3. Dream Crew Operations, LLC

  4. ADG Pages, LLC

  5. Entrada Travel Services, LLC

  6. OMERTA Creative Agency, LLC

  7. Drake Related LLC

  8. Away from Home Solutions, LLC

  9. More Life Investments, LLC

  10. Graham ADG Investments LLC

  11. ADG Vanguard IP, LLC

  12. ADG Merchandising U.S., LLC

  13. ADG Holdings, LLC

  14. Silence Policy, LLC


Corporations:

  1. NOCTA FREEHOLD, INC

  2. Dream Crew Holding Co, Inc

  3. ADG Songs, INC

  4. ADG Merchandise, INC

  5. ADG Entertainment, INC

  6. ADGBR, INC

  7. ADG SOUND, INC

  8. ADG IP, INC

  9. Dream Crew Entertainment, INC


Having an LLC Does Not Automatically Make It a Shell Company

"The vast majority of celebrities have LLCs. Some may have 1-10, some have hundreds," they explained. "There are legal, tax, confidentiality, and privacy benefits to having these. Having an LLC as a celebrity is like having a seatbelt in your car. It doesn't necessarily mean anything nefarious is going on."

"In addition, having an LLC does not automatically make it a shell company. Being that it was incorporated and terminated within two years more likely means it was established for a particular purpose and was no longer needed. Establishing an LLC in the U.S. isn't the greatest idea if you're trying to be private because it's public record and easily accessible by normal folks."


Top LLCs Created by Music Artists

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LLCs vs Corporations Pt.1

Ownership and Structure:

LLC = Members; INC = Shareholders that elect board members

Formation and Documentation:

LLC = Articles of Organization + Operating Agreement

INC = Articles of Incorporation + Bylaws + Board Meetings

Taxation:

LLC = Pass-through taxation

INC = Double Taxation (can be S-Elected)


LLCs vs Corporations Pt.2

Legal Protections:

Both LLCs and corporations offer liability protection.

Compliance and Formalities:

LLC = Not required to hold annual board meetings

INC = Required annual meetings

Fundraising and Growth Potential:

LLC = Personal funds, member contributions, or private loans

INC = Issues stock for investment


LLCs vs Corporations Pt.3

Duration:

LLC: Can have a limited lifespan depending on state laws and the company's operating agreement.

Corporation: Typically have a perpetual existence, continuing to operate irrespective of changes in ownership or management unless dissolved.

Choosing between an LLC and a corporation depends largely on the specific needs of the business, including its size, number of owners, need for investment, and desire to avoid double taxation.


Would You Put Your Name on the Entity?

Yes and no. It depends on what the entity is doing, how much risk it's taking on, and the charging protection order laws of the state.


When is the Right Time to Diversify My Companies?

You'll start to feel it around $120k in revenue. It will feel like eyes are watching you, and you’ll want to protect yourself.


How Would I Have Time to Manage These?

You wouldn’t—you'd need a legal staff of accountants, tax, corporate, and entertainment attorneys and lawyers.



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Building a Company

Allows you to practice and understand asset protection and business management. Whether your music career is big or small, you can capitalize off your art to the fullest extent possible.



Never Building a Company

Leads to huge amounts of financial risk that may ruin the income you depend on as a musician.


Conclusion

If you're seeking to secure your financial future as an artist, understanding the importance of establishing multiple LLCs and corporations is crucial. By doing so, you can protect your assets, manage your income effectively, and capitalize on your success while minimizing risks.

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