Posts Tagged ‘Music World’

You Call That Music? Start Your Own Record Label

Friday, December 11th, 2009
Robert B. asked:

If you are reading this you probably already know that you are good enough to make it in some end of the music business and that it might be time to start your own record label.  What’s the problem then?  The problem is that without being in the right place at the right time, you don’t have a chance unless YOU do something about it yourself.  That’s right, nothing is going to happen unless somebody does something.  Right?

So lets move on.  The best way to get your career on track is to produce and promote your own product.  Oh yes, you could compete on a television contest with 100,000 other wanna be stars, but lets get serious, that is not real life in this industry.  Most of the music in the world is created, produced and sold by people like you, not contest winners.

Is it easy?  No.  Was it easy to get where you are already?  No, but you probably loved every minute of it and you want to keep going.  The main thing that you need now is to take this thing seriously and learn the business of music recording.  Start your own record label and produce and sell your own product.  This could make a living for you while you promote yourself or your company to larger distributors.

How are you going to learn the business?  You need help.  You probably already know the basics of equipment and bookings, but an independent record label is a business and it works just like any other business.  Here is an outline of what you will need to do:

1. Make a plan.

2. Choose a name.

3. Get start-up money.

4. Get legal advice.

It might seem difficult to start your own record label at first, but once you have it done you will be able to get to work promoting your product just like the major labels do with theirs.  The nice thing is that you will be in control and will be able to make a living while you are waiting for the “big deal”.  Oh yeah, most people in the business end of the music industry take note of people like you who are serious and show some business sense.

Music Recording Contracts

Monday, August 3rd, 2009
Veronica Lane asked:

For musicians that finally seem to be making their mark in the music world, things can move pretty fast. Amongst all the recognition that is starting to dribble in, along with it comes  a lot of confusion. All of a sudden people are starting to talk about a whole variety of different contracts. One contract they feel makes a bit of sense, because its what they really want, is the music recording contracts. Then on the other hand, especially new musicians are really not to sure what this entails. Asking around the industry, and directing questions to those musicians that have signed these types of contracts, will be very beneficial. You may be very surprised to find out that they are not as lucrative financially as you first thought. In addition they are not all that simple.


If a musician believes that they have reached the recording label stage, they would be wise to shop around before signing any music recording contracts. It must also be remembered that a lot of the major recording labels own smaller label companies as well. You may think you are signing on with the larger company, but the contract is actually applicable to one of the smaller subsidiaries. There may be nothing wrong with this at all, as long as you are aware of it, and understand what it all means. You won’t be able to use the, “I didn’t know excuse” after you have signed. Everyone is expected to read any contract they are about to sign


Music Recording contract is used when any company is eager to pay the artist to record a album. This contract includes the flexible terms of fee, and, promotional duties. Make sure to get terms that you would like as the artist under publishing sections of an agreement.


Music recording contract (normally called record deal) is the legal contract between the record label and the recording artist, where an artist makes the record for label to sell & promote. The artists under contract are generally only permitted to record for that particular label wholly; guest appearances on the other artists’ records may carry the notice “By consideration of”, & that label might receive percentage of sales.


Amount of recordings that an artist or band needs to deliver, to record company during one particular period of time you can avoid long contracts, deals etc., unless a record company contracts significantly develop artists career.