This is a true story and even if it weren’t the principles would still apply to any music contract you sign. At the time I was 26 in 1996. My manager brought a producer up from London who was interested in working with me. I was really excited because he had many hits under his belt. However, despite his musical credentials his legal and financial acumen were nowhere near as finely tuned as his creative ability.
You see on that day I learnt that points mean prizes in a music contract. The producer in question, let’s call him Tony, had for many years been in the service of a production company in London. Obviously, between them they had had a string of hits. So all seemed well. As Tony the producer pointed out to me at the time,
“When you are getting cheques for thousands of pounds dropping through your letter box each month you don’t think there is anything wrong.”
Well indeed at first glance, there was nothing wrong with his music contract agreement from what I could tell. However, at that time I was young and not privy to any in-depth knowledge about what clauses are in a music contract. Remember, these were the days before the Internet was being used seriously for do it yourself distribution, with the likes of The Orchard or Tune Core and digital download retail outlets like iTunes or Amazon.com.
So I hear you cry, “Get to the point what was the problem”.
Notice I referred to my mystery man Tony as the producer and this is the point. Well as someone wisely once said “life is a numbers game”. What had gone wrong for Tony was that he for years had been signing music contracts with the production company as a producer who typically get between 1 to 5 points towards any royalties they might receive from the sales of records. Obviously this can vary depending on how sought after you are. According to Tony, he had in actuality written the songs as well and should have been getting many more points in the music contract for his efforts. The implication here was that he had lost a great deal of money from this lack of legal knowledge.
Well both myself and the friend I was musically involved with at the time left the meeting feeling disillusioned . It seemed to me especially that even if you were lucky to get any kind of record contract, unless you had a law degree from Harvard, Oxford or Cambridge preferably all three to be on the safe side you were going nowhere fast. These days I am more philosophical and the Internet has made things a great deal easier for artists to carve out their own niche. Indeed, I have had many hours of pleasure writing and producing my own tracks for sale on retail sites globally on the Internet. Be warned though, in my opinion I still think you need to know a little about music contracts especially when working in a collaborative situation if you are going to go down the DIY route with other people.
Well back to Tony. He had, of course, after the fact sought legal advice from a music lawyer and what happened after that is anyone’s guess. I’m a lot older now, and as one of my business interests is in property where contracts are awash and points mean very very big prizes, Tony’s story has been imprinted into my mind. I have been to court on several occasions, where I have won all my cases hands down, and have learnt that if Tony ever managed to get to have his day in court he will have most likely had to stump up the legal fees for the case with no certainty of success. A very daunting thought especially if you are struggling for cash.
So take notice of this warning, get professional advice before you ever sign a music contract. Let your creative efforts mean points mean prizes for you in your music contract.
Paul Leishman song writer/producer has been involved with music since the age of 15 since the loss of his sight in 1984. He has Worked either playing live, playing as a session musician on dance tracks or remixing tracks in local recording studios and collaborating with singers and producing several bands.
In the 90’s he was featured on the Future Music Magazine CD as an unsigned band for his own music with The Queen’s English an electronic pop band. He also remixed for Guru Josh of Infinity fame at his studio in London and Played keyboards on a remix of Kandy Staton’s Young Hearts for Almighty Records at Blue Chip Studios in Stafford. Also, he has spent time writing and producing songs for Shahin Badar the Asian singer who sang the vocals on the Prodigy’s track “Smack my Bitch Up”.
Most of the music he has been involved in has been either dance music, electronic pop, Synthpop or rock music. More recently, he has been working with an independent record company named In4rm Records who have a distribution deal with the main distributor of digitally based independent music called The Orchard based in the US. He has an EP out called Wired by Liteform with two other artists, which is in the underground dance Genre. It is currently available on most of the download sites to be purchased such as MSN Music, Amazon.com and iTunes etc. He is getting airplay on the Internet on The Pod Safe Music Network for many of his other productions as well.
Paul Leishman Music Contract Blogger
A boxer and his coach come to lodge an FIR against a film producer for cancelling the boxers acting contract. The police team assures them to help them with the case, only if they pay some bribe. The duo agrees to pay the bribe. The police interrogate the film producer and the actress of the movie. Pandey starts flirting with the actress. The producer then offers Pandey a role in his movie, replacing the boxer. Tension arises between Pandey and Chandramukhi. What will Chandramukhi do to stop Pandey from being cast on the movie. FIR is a story about a Haryanvi Lady Police Inspector. The story revolves around her and her sub- constables antics.
Video Rating: 4 / 5
Takeru Kobayashi sits down with Amy K. Nelson and reveals of his long running dispute with Nathan’s Hot Dogs and Major League Eating and why he decided to not sign their contract. For more on the drama and contract read Amy’s story: www.sbnation.com Subscribe to our channel for more sports videos! Click here: www.youtube.com Check us out on Facebook (Facebook.com/SBNation) and follow us on Twitter (@SBNStudios)! SB Nation: Pro Quality, Fan Perspective www.sbnation.com Senior Correspondent Amy K. Nelson Producer: Greg T. Gordon Shooter: Jimmy Shelton Sound Mixer: Jarrad James Editor: Jimmy Shelton Audio Post Mixer: Brendan Murphy
Question by MIka W: If you are a beat maker/producer do you have to have a lawyer or some legal rights to use a contract on a beat?
Do you have to have legal authorities or some kind of legal rights to use a contract to sell a beat? Only answer if you know what you are talking about and no stupid answers please thanks so much.
Answer by mailaccount63
Your question is confusing.
What are you talking about? music?
We need more information…………
Give your answer to this question below!
Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. Announces Agreement To Acquire Egg Production Assets …
Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALM) today announced that the Company has reached an agreement to acquire the commercial egg operations of Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (NYSE: PPC). The assets to be purchased by Cal-Maine Foods include two …
Read more on TheStreet.com (press release)
Best New Home Jobs
The Most Updated And Comprehensive Directory Available For Consumers Looking For A Real Home Job. Recurring Product Delivers A Very High Closing Ratio Of 7/10. Offer All Of Your Clients Our Comprehensive Directory And Receive Monthly Subscriptions.
Best New Home Jobs
Cheryl Hunter comes at her work with a multi-pronged approach, having merged seemingly-divergent careers around one idea: that a simple story, well told and presented, has tremendous potential to educate, entertain and impact people. Cheryl is an educator, author, speaker and high-performance coach who has personally coached and led personal development seminars for over 86000 people since 1995. Simultaneously, Cheryl has had a career in the entertainment industry spanning two decades, working as a television and feature film writer/producer—under contract with HBO, Paramount Pictures, CBS and NBC. She’s also written and acted in solo plays that she’s toured nationally. In thespirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
Video Rating: 4 / 5
A few producer contract products I can recommend:
Sciatica Treatment At Home
Affiliates Earn 75% Helping Sciatica And Back Pain Sufferers Get Pain Relief In Minutes With At-home Treatment Techniques.
Sciatica Treatment At Home
Synodon Signs US Gas Producer to realSens(tm) Services Contract
The contract covers the majority of the gathering pipeline infrastructure operated by the client in Oklahoma and North Texas and totals roughly 3300 kilometers. This in turn represents 15% of the entire pipeline network operated by the producer in the …
Read more on MarketWatch (press release)
Melbourne, FL (PRWEB) August 03, 2012
MELBOURNE, FL August 03, 2012 – Parabel, Inc. (OTCQB: PABL) and its operating company PA LLC, a global provider of micro-crop technology and solutions for the renewable production of feed, food and fuel, today announced that it has finalized a Master License Agreement with FertiGreen, a subsidiary of Probac S.A. for the implementation of a commercial-scale license unit in Ecuador.
The agreement provides a framework for the construction and operation of a commercial-scale license unit of approximately 5,000 hectares. The first phase will consist of 300 hectares.
“As a result of successful testing, we believe micro-crop production at the industrial level has the potential to become a staple in the animal feed industry in Ecuador,” said Jorge Jalil P., General Manager.
To date, Parabel has entered into contracts with customer licensees in Ecuador, Chile, Malaysia and China. In total, the agreements contemplate the construction of thirteen full-scale license units, representing an order book value of over $ 4 billion.
“On the heels of our announcement with Lemna Asia last month, we are excited about this agreement with Probac and their commitment to supply an alternative to conventional, supply constrained protein sources, said Anthony Tiarks, CEO of Parabel.
While third-party tests have confirmed the value of Parabel’s animal feed applications in aquaculture, poultry, and dairy cattle diets, Parabel’s protein product could qualify as the first major new plant protein source for humans since soy entered the human diet in the 1950. Parabel’s commercial-scale solution is designed to promote economic, social and environmental development, through reliable, year-round production that absorbs atmospheric carbon dioxide, promotes local food security, and does not require arable land, or pollute soil or water.
In addition, the company’s technology enables the production of a renewable fuel feedstock that, with third-party conversion systems, can provide the basis for cellulosic gasoline, diesel, and jet hydrocarbon fuels that are virtually indistinguishable from petroleum-based fuels.
Parabel Inc. (OTCQB: PABL), based in Melbourne, Florida, provides renewable technology and solutions to meet the significant and growing demand for feed, food, and fuel in global markets. The companys solution is designed to deliver strong economic returns to customer licensees as a consequence of continuous, year-round production operations. Parabel also intends to provide social and environmental benefits, through job creation, community investment, food security promotion, and sustainable production that absorbs atmospheric carbon dioxide without polluting soil or water. For more information about Parabel, please visit our website at http://www.parabel.com.
About Probac S.A.
Probac S.A. is a supplier and distributor of additives and products for aquafeeds, animal feeds and farms. Probacs products have high digestibility and growth promoters. The company exports to Colombia, Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama and is interested in Southeast Asia shrimp producing countries. http://www.probacsa.com.
Find More Producer Contract Press Releases