Posts Tagged ‘Recording Contracts’

Self-Promotion for Recording Contracts

Saturday, December 12th, 2009
Ty Cohen asked:

Is it truly harder to get a recording contract than ever before? Maybe it is because the music biz seems more about the business side rather than the music side these days. It is true that the music and the people making it is still how they make their money, but the approach is much different when it comes to giving out music contracts.

Remember when record companies actually opened the unsolicited demo tapes that were sent to them and listened to them in hopes to find the next big thing. Now, it is too difficult to listen to every single one of them because everyone has the ability to have a demo tape made. Music contracts seem scarce. Now, it seems too difficult or to risky to accept demos from just anyone.

Don’t worry there is still a chance for you or your band to be noticed and get heard. It just may not be done the old fashioned way. It is all about the self-promotion tactic. You have to market your band in such a way that A&R and record labels will be dying to offer recording contracts.

Self-promotion isn’t as easy as it sounds. This does require a lot of planning and organizing. One way to do this is make and sell your own CDs. If you can prove to a label that you can sell CDs on your own, then they will know a music business contract with you is not so risky.

You need to make sure your album is good quality and sell it as fast as you can. Also, take a mini tour. Network with places in your region or tri-state area so you can book gigs and be seen! Build a resume with tons of recommendations from club and bar owners. Start out at places 30 miles away then move to 100 miles then 200 and so on. Building a solid fan base is a sure fire way to get the attention of a major label and get offered music contracts.

Keep in mind that before you make thousands of CDs, put a marketing plan in place. Make sure you have a clear cut and concise idea of just how you will sell all those bad boys.

It is all about planning and some killer self-promotions. You have to be seen, known and heard by and at as many place and by as many people as possible. The industry isn’t what it used to be. You have to work for the attention of a label and to be offered music contracts. But luckily, it isn’t impossible so get to planning!

Music Contracts 101: Exploring Recording Contracts

Monday, November 30th, 2009
Veronica Lane asked:

Were you aware that you don’t have to be a lawyer to write or create your own music business contracts? As a musician, it is understandable that you may not fully understand the business side of the music industry. Even if you are starting your own record label, this is not at all uncommon. Luckily, there are solutions for those people who cannot afford hundreds, even thousands of dollars, just to have lawyers write your recording contracts. As well as solutions for people who have no idea how to write music contracts.

Whether you own a record label or are trying to get signed to one, you have come to the right place. Legal fees are entirely too expensive, especially if you are just starting out. I mean, you can always write your lawyer an I.O.U. or have your lawyer recover their fees when you start generating profits. But who wants to do this? It is like giving away your money just to have to some recording contracts written when you could go about this using a cheaper method.

Using the services of a lawyer when handling music business contracts could amount to thousands of dollars. Do you have the money to deal with that? Most people starting out in the music business do not. You now have the option of purchasing hundreds of pre-written music contracts and recording contracts online. This is a fantastic route to take because it will save you a ton of money in the long run.

The types of music contracts that you may need are for your Record Company, Management Team, Recording Artist, Agents, Producers, Songwriters and Publishers, just to name a few. Purchasing iron-clad, industry standard pre-written music contracts and recording contracts is the best way to go if you want to save money but protect your company or your career at the same time.

You are in complete control of your career or business in the music industry. Stay that way! Don’t throw away thousands of dollars on lawyer’s fees for something that you can take care of yourself. By purchasing a wide variety of standard recording contracts, you will be on your way to saving money on legal fees and handling your business the way you want it handled.

Running An Independent Record Label! - Music Content

Monday, October 26th, 2009
TheHipHopSchool asked:

Founder of the Music Industry Expert Jordan Williams speaks at a Hip Hop symposium at North Texas University. … “Start a record label” “hip hop content” “hip hop lyrics” “recording contracts” “music industry” “run a record label”

Recording Contracts and Your Rights

Monday, June 1st, 2009
Ty Cohen asked:

Your rights when it relates to recording contracts and the ones you are giving up are important to understand for any newly signed artist. This will be identified as your “Grant of Rights” clause in your new music contract. Please make sure you have a solid understanding of this and all it entails.

A Grant of Rights clause documents the rights that you permit the record company to have control of once you sign the music business contract. The first thing this clause will define is that the company will have sole control over any masters or copyrights from anything you record during the term of the contract.

The second point that is discussed is that the company has the exclusive right to distribute or reproduce any recording throughout the country or even internationally.

The third point will be that the label is the absolute owner of any record, album or work that you have created during the contract. Meaning, it belongs to them, not you. It is something to think about.

You may also have to agree that you will be exclusively retained by the recording company and will not work for or record with any other label or with any other individual during the life of your music contract.

Lastly, you may have to grant the company the right to use and publish your name, likeness and any biographical material for promotions or other activities. This is pretty standard in every music business contract.

Honestly, as you can see, you will have a lot to think about when in comes to signing music contracts with major labels. Although it may have been a lifelong dream of yours, it might end up seeming as if you sold your life away. But keep in mind that this is going to be the case with any music business contract with any label. You have a lot to think about and discuss.

The Grant of Rights clause is the clincher for some people to refuse but honestly, if a recording contract is what you want then you are going to have to agree to their terms. Your only other options are to start your own record label or join an independent label who has less restrictive requirements. But if signing with a major label is a dream come true for you then go for it, just educate yourself on what you are getting into.