When a record company has exclusivity over your musical work, in a music contract, this means that you can only record for the label you are signed to for the term, (length) of the music contract.
However, you need to also realise that many music contracts have a re-recording restriction. This basically prevents you from recording any of the material you have recorded for your previous record company for a period of two years or more following the end of the term of the contract. Also, the contract could state that you cannot record for any other company for five years after the contractually agreed submission date of your album to the record company you signed to. Either the two-year or five year stipulation will apply depending on which one is longer.
Obviously, you should endeavour to work around this exclusivity restriction. Two ways you might do this is to negotiate for the right to perform on another artist’s album as a sideman. Also, having your music contract allow another record company to release your work to be included in a soundtrack to a motion picture. There are a myriad of examples of this such as the film Top Gun or Pretty Woman. It is very important that you are aware of these music contract exclusivity options.
This is because a record company is unlikely to offer a non-exclusive deal. This would give you the right to work with any other artist or company. Interestingly, online distributors such as the Orchard do claim non-exclusivity in their music contract. Be warned though, the contract is very complicated to understand without professional help. Other retail sights such as Amazon for example allow you to freely sell your music through their mp3 download site. In this case, there are no exclusive rights being gained by Amazon. It will be interesting to see how these changes will affect traditional record company contracts. However, as always, seek professional advice before you ever sign a 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.
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Translation is from Nayama from the BlackButler forums. forums.blackbutler.net I didn’t get to subtitle all of the dialogue because I did this in a hurry and I knew it would be terribly inaccurate and paraphrased, as if the rest isn’t already. XD More songs from The Most Beautiful Death in the World: “Shinigami Haken Kyoukai no Theme” www.youtube.com “Sen no Tamashii to Ochita Shinigami” www.youtube.com “Ai wa Chi Mamire” www.youtube.com “R-shitei” www.youtube.com “Black and White” www.youtube.com I don’t own the musical or the song. No copyright infringement intended.
A recent inductee into the Country Music Hall Of Fame, Ferlin was born in Flat River, Mo, and entered the Merchant Marines during WW2 where his ship took part in the D-Day invasion of Cherbourg. Upon discharge from the service, he went into the entertainment business, first as a disc jockey, using other names like Terry Preston and Simon Crum. When he signed a recording contract with Capitol Records, they convinced him to revert to his given name of Ferlin Husky. “Gone” was the song that started his career, crossing over to the pop charts peaking at #4 in March of 1957.
Question by spittonastranger: what is the usual percentage a producer gets in royalties in a standard music contract?
my producer and i are working on my demo, and he wants me to sign a contract saying that when my demo is released and if i receive any royalties that he receives 50% for the taking..that seems a bit much..i was wondering what the standard percentage is for a producer to receive ,cause i was thinking more along the lines of 30%.
Answer by Golden Davis
You’re right. He is asking a bit much. But it’s also pretty normal. The trick is to have a good manager or agent. Someone to do your negotiating for you.
In my company we feel 25 – 30% is more than fair compensation. We also get front end reimbursement for expenses so we don’t get burned. Usually everyone comes out of the deal happy.
Try not to sign a contract you’ll want to repudiate 3 years later. MANY artists wind up working for the company until they decide to go bankrupt.
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Florida Orchestra's Stefan Sanderling stepping down early as music director
The orchestra announced late Sunday that Sanderling is stepping down as music director two years sooner than he said he was a year ago, when the conductor announced he would not renew his contract after it expired at the end of the 2013-14 season.
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Bassist Ben Williams is a rising jazz star. He won the 2009 Thelonious Monk Competition and received a recording contract for his debut album, State of Art, which was released this summer. Williams brought his band Sound Effect to perform two songs from that album at the NPR Music offices. Set List: “Home” “Dawn Of A New Day” For more videos and to subscribe to the Tiny Desk Concerts podcast, visit npr.org/tinydeskconcerts.
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Peter Nero's Musicians Weigh In On His Contract Dispute
Musicians in the Philly Pops are interceding in the dispute between management and their leader, Peter Nero, over his contract.
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