Ever been in a straight jacket? For your sake (as well as mine) I hope not. Ever been trapped with no where to turn? Well, this is what it will feel like if you’re a recording artist and you sign a music contract containing legal binding legalese you’re not familiar with.
Too often many aspiring hip hop artist ignore the legal-side of their music careers. Most of their energy is spent on the music creation-side of their music. Apart of me agrees with this ideology (maybe this extra time spent creating music might produce a much more quality sound). But I can’t ignore the legal-side of a music career. It plays too much apart in big scheme of things.
For years I worked in a high school. This work experience gave me insight into what teenage fans think about music and the artist. And how some of them even aspired to become popular artist one day themselves. If time permitted or my job priorities didn’t interrupt many of them would give me an earful of everything they were looking to do to break it into the music business. From putting a full band together, making a hip hop mix tape CD, recording and writing songs–you name it these teenagers were doing it. Why am I saying this?
BUT HERE’S THE SHOCKER!
But almost without fail as they were sharing with me their aspiration for music I would ask the simple question (What kind of music contract do you have with you’re fellow band members? or Did you get a license to use that sample loop that’s going on your mix tape CD?) That’s when most of them would either say (curiously) we need a contract between us or what in the hell is licensing?
I’d usually give them the quick dumb-down kindergarten explanation of the legal-side of music and with a sigh of relief they say thanks I had no idea I needed to know. And we both then went on about our day.
I’d walk away feeling a little concerned knowing my ten minutes explanation was no way near close enough to covering the huge amounts of information involved in the legal-side of the music business.
If you’re an aspiring band, rap artist, singer, etc. If you’ve read this far let’s see if I can enlighten you a bit on some of the finer details of a music contract.
Lets say you and your band write, sing, and record an original record (this means the entire recording belongs to your band-though there are legal issues involved in that but for now lets just leave it be.) Again, the entire recording belongs to your band, this also goes for hip hop artist. It’s yours to freely giveaway, sell, duplicate, replicate, or even chop up.
Now lets say you record a 3-song demo (containing two original songs plus the other one we previously mentioned above.) You end up receiving a recording contract with the demo you created. The demo impressed them so much they’ve decided to place those demo songs on your final master copy aka your debut album.
During the signing of your recording contract there was a clause stating that all master sound recordings done by you are exclusively owned by the record label in perpetuity. If you’ve signed that music contract containing that clause you’ve agreed to hand over all of your rights to your music FOREVER. Do you know how long is forever? Well, in case you’ve forgotten let me tell you– FOREVER! NEVER ENDING! Even after the world ends they still own your records.
So when your debut album goes platinum like they and you hope it would they benefit greatly–two fold. The initials sales of records sold once the record is first released. Then there’s the “best of you albums” where all of your number one hits are complied into a single album to be re-sold to the public again. And whoever owns the master sound recording (in this case the label does) the record label gets paid AGAIN–NOT YOU!
For this reason aspiring artist must do their due diligence as it relates to music contracts especially if you are an artist who on a shoestring budget and doesn’t have a million dollar laying around to hire an entertainment lawyer. Here’s a great place to start. This book revolutionized my outlook of the music business. Visit this website to check it out.
By Michael D Henderson
Don’t have the money to buy the book?
No problem. Just periodically follow me here at EzineArticles as I will continuously be covering and writing on different topics related to the business-side of music and music contract.
Michael D Henderson, is a Indie-Hip Hop Song writer/Recording Artist and CEO of Nabruesion Records. Founded in 2009. [http://www.nabruesionrecords.com]
My name is Laurier Tiernan and I am Canadian singer-songwriter living in Tokyo. If you like, you can sample my music at ReverbNation and my music videos on my other YouTube channel. Music www.ReverbNation.com Videos www.YouTube.com By the end of this series you will have seen how I signed my first music publishing contract. A new episode will be posted once a week, by Monday night (Japan time) and each episode will be no more than 2:59 seconds in length, in keeping with the duration of a good pop song. Thank you for your interest. Best Regards, Laurier Tiernan www.facebook.com
My name is Laurier Tiernan and I am Canadian singer-songwriter living in Tokyo. If you like, you can sample my music at ReverbNation and my music videos on my other YouTube channel. Music www.ReverbNation.com Videos www.YouTube.com By the end of this series you will have seen how I signed my first music publishing contract. A new episode will be posted once a week, by Monday night (Japan time) and each episode will be no more than 2:59 seconds in length, in keeping with the duration of a good pop song. Thank you for your interest. Best Regards, Laurier Tiernan www.facebook.com – This Week’s Links – Nichion www.nichion.co.jp Bug Music www.bugmusic.com Kris Muñoz Director of Business & Legal Affairs – A&R, contract drafting and negotiation, publisher and writer affiliation, business and legal correspondence * 24.08.10 Sent Mr. Muñoz an introductory email. * 06.09.10 Sent CEO Mr. Rudoph an email Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, Inc. 6 East 32nd Street 11th Floor New York, New York 10016 Phone: (212) 561-3000 If you have licensing questions, please check our Licensing page. For other business queries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. * 06.09.10 Sent first email. ARPE Alain DE RICOU 25 boulevard Arago – 75013 PARIS Tél : 01 55 43 08 45 – Fax : 01 55 43 83 02 Email : email@example.com * 06.09.10 Emailed for the first time. ATMOSPHERIQUES Marc Thonon 20 rue Richelieu – 75001 PARIS Tél : 01 44 58 91 11 – Fax : 01 44 58 91 12 Email : atmospheriques …
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My name is Laurier Tiernan and I am Canadian singer-songwriter living in Tokyo. If you like, you can sample my music at ReverbNation and my music videos on my other YouTube channel. Music www.ReverbNation.com Videos www.YouTube.com By the end of this series you will have seen how I signed my first music publishing contract. A new episode will be posted once a week, by Monday night (Japan time) and each episode will be no more than 2:59 seconds in length, in keeping with the duration of a good pop song. Thank you for your interest. Best Regards, Laurier Tiernan www.facebook.com – This Week’s Links – Audio Network plc Web: www.audionetworkplc.com Email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 020 7242 2311 Fax: 01787 477 609 Address: Minerva House 26-27 Hatton Garden London EC1N 8BR Accepts Unsolicited Material. Blow Up Songs Limited Web: www.blowupsongs.com Phone 020 7636 7744 Fax: 020 7636 7755 Address: PO Box 4961 London W1A 7ZX Accepts Unsolicited Material. Chrysalis Music Ltd Web: www.chrysalis.com Email email@example.com Phone: 020 7221 2213 Fax: 020 7229 2510 Address: The Chrysalis Building Bramley Road London W10 6SP Accepts Unsolicited Material. EMI Music Publishing Ltd Web: www.emimusicpub.com Phone 020 3059 3059 Address: 27 Wrights Lane London W8 5SW How can I get a publishing deal? Your songs need to be heard by someone in the creative department. We will only listen to songs that are submitted via an attorney, manager, and/or at the recommendation of one of our …
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Cortlandt Manor, NY (PRWEB) March 20, 2012
Hudson Valley residents are invited to attend the Hudson Valley Gateway Experience on Saturday, March 24, 2012, from 11am to 5pm at The Mansion on the Hill at Colonial Terrace Conference Center, 119 Oregon Road, Cortlandt Manor, NY.
Residents can attend this fun-filled, jam-packed day to find out how to save money and time, get free information on home and life improvements, and sample foods, beverages, and more. Admission is $ 5 for adults, $ 3 for seniors and young adults (12- 16 years old); children under 12 are free.
The second annual Experience is a regional showcase for vendors to display their best products and services to the local market. Attendees will be able to meet some of the Hudson Valleys top small business owners as well as radio and television personalities like WHUD 100.7 radio personality Kacey Morabito and News 12s Emmy-Award winning In the Greenhouse host Bob Yedowitz.
“The Hudson Valley Gateway Experience is a real opportunity for businesses and consumers to come together in this market place. The demographics of this consumer base are such that any business can find a way to enhance their sales and position their companies as leaders in their industry by exhibiting at this event, said William Dauster, VP, Marketing & Development, Hudson Valley Hospital Center
Come meet favorite radio personality Kacey Morabito and TV personality Bob Yedowitz.
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Bring the kids, to the Balloon Making Clown and Complimentary Face Painting provided by ServPro of Peekskill.
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