An Independent Filmmaker/Producer/Investor can create a soundtrack either by obtaining the Right to use existing music or by commissioning an original musical score by a music composer and or lyricist to create something new for the Project, or a combination of both.
An Independent Filmmaker/Producer/Investor can economize by using songs by unknown, local songwriters that are available for little or no money. Fledgling songwriters often want to gain visibility and stature by having their music in a movie. The Independent Filmmaker/Producer/Investor should keep in mind that a song performed in a movie that is broadcast can generate royalties for the songwriter (through ASCAP or BMI). Thus songwriters have a financial incentive to have their music on a soundtrack even if they do not receive a fee from the Independent Filmmaker/Producer/Investor.
This Agreement is drafted in plain English that is easy to read and comprehend. This is an eight page, fifteen clause legal Agreement. The Agreement may be filled in on your computer or printed out and filled in later.
We regularly receive feedback that we have successfully drafted our filmmaker contracts to be as complete as possible for all legal situations. However, should you experience a unique personal situation requiring the drafting of a special clause, please contact us at your convenience. Otherwise, you may be obliged to find a local entertainment lawyer experienced in the film making industry who will draft any and all other clauses for your Project’s unique situation or circumstance.
This Agreement is part of the Director’s Deal, and the Producer’s Deal, and the Investor’s Deal.