Ari Solotoff Ari Solotoff

Ari Solotoff


Meet Ari, a dedicated business counselor serving clients in the entertainment, arts, and nonprofit sectors.

Ari Solotoff

207 228-7146 direct
207 774-1200 main
207 774-1127 facsimile

100 Middle Street
PO Box 9729
Portland, ME 04104-5029

  • 2015 Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Awards in Business & Commercial Law and Labor & Employment Law, University of Maine School of Law
  • 2015 Law School Alumni Association Award, University of Maine School of Law
  • Bernstein Shur 2016 Barnett I. Shur Civic Award
  • Maine Justice Foundation’s 2019 New Lawyer Award

Here’s why you’ll enjoy working with him.

Whether stewarding general corporate transactions or legal compliance within a broader strategic framework, Ari provides reasoned and practical guidance to help his clients realize their business goals.

Drawing on a decade of experience in the music industry and the nonprofit sector, Ari focuses his practice on representing creative and corporate clients in all aspects of protecting, exploiting, and managing copyright assets and content. Ari regularly advises musicians, photographers, filmmakers, and social media influencers in negotiating a wide range of entertainment, digital media, and copyright-related transactions.

With a nuanced appreciation for the many legal, business, and philanthropic issues that face nonprofit organizations, Ari also represents a variety of 501(c)(3) public charities, 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations, and 501(c)(6) business associations throughout the State of Maine in all aspects of nonprofit governance and the full life-cycle of tax-exempt status – from entity formations to mergers to dissolution.

Prior to studying law, Ari worked in the classical music industry, where he served as Executive Vice President of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and before that, Executive Director of the Portland and Pensacola Symphonies. As a result, Ari is as equally comfortable managing complex transactions with multiple stakeholders as he is working one-on-one with exceptionally talented and widely-recognized artists.

Because of his interest in helping business owners comply with the music licensing requirements of copyright law, Ari also authored The Tune Kit – a one-stop music licensing resource for licensing music from the U.S. performing rights organizations (ASCAP / BMI / SESAC / GMR).

In recognition of his exemplary community service, Ari was awarded Bernstein Shur’s 2016 Barnett I. Shur Civic Award.

But that’s not all. Ari is also very experienced in:

  • Corporate and nonprofit formations and governance best practices
  • Navigating the process for obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status
  • Drafting and negotiating a wide range of business and entertainment contracts, including services agreements, content creation/licensing, music publishing, terms of use and privacy policies, and franchise agreements
  • Copyright clearance, registration, transfers, licensing, and protection

In his former life, Ari was:

  • Executive Vice President of The Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Executive Director of the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra
  • Executive Director of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra
  • A member of the 2010 class of the Aspen Institute Fellowship for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders
  • A graduate of the Executive Leadership and Orchestra Management Fellowship programs of the League of American Orchestras
  • A Judicial Intern for Justice Jon D. Levy of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and for Peter Fessenden, the standing Chapter 13 bankruptcy trustee for the District of Maine
  • A Judicial Extern with Judge Kermit Lipez of the First Circuit Court of Appeals

When Ari isn’t working, he is…

Volunteering as a Trustee with the Maine College of Art and Palaver Strings, spending time with his family, or learning to play the piano again.


JD, University of Maine School of Law, 2015, magna cum laude
Managing Editor, Maine Law Review
BA, Classical Languages, University of California, Berkeley, 2002

Admitted to Practice
State of Maine


American Bar Association Forum on Entertainment and Sports Law, (Chair, Theater and Performing Arts Division)