Here's an interesting one. Lets assume you're a producer.
put a beat (instrumental) to a label and they want one of their artists to write a record
to it with a view to release.
The label gets all worked up, and before you know
it the artist is in your studio recording some vocals (which they've written). All good so
Next, the label A&R rings you to tell you they love the track, and could
you "just tidy up some of the vocals and send the mix over"
You do so, and the
record co. wants to release.
Hang on. You've just done work for free, and
included some of your own material. The label pushes its "marketing machine" into action
and the artitst is promo-ing all over the place. You have material/work out there. You
havn't been paid, and if the record is a success, there's no written agreement to say how
you will be paid in royalties etc.
Lets go back in time..
point would you try to get an agreement in writing with the label for points etc? Before
the vocalist comes round? Before you supply the multitracks?
As for advances,
even very small ones, at what point do you think its acceptable to put your hand out (if
I only ask these questions as its happened to me a fair few times now.
I'm thinking I'm doing something wrong..or am I? Do we have to prostitute ourselves this
Someone help me make some money!
(I havn't even
approached the question of joint copyright with the artist - thats another day, another
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