Record Label

Starting a record label requires you to deal with a range of legal issues, often on a daily basis. I have tried to list these below, some of the most important ones, but for specific advice about your business you should always contact an experienced music industry lawyer. egosys-records media production studio maaseik Recording contracts If you are going to sign and invest money in new artists, you will need a record deal to deal with the respective obligations of each party in the deal. Issues to consider are: – How many singles or albums will you be released? – What royalties do you pay? – How much are you spending on marketing? – Are you paying an advance? – Are you on providing a commitment to release the record internationally? Make sure that you enter a facility that allows you to enter the compilation and sync licensing agreements because these are potentially lucrative areas that will help you to recover a large part of your initial investment in an act. The recording contract must deal with copyrights of the master recordings – and you must insert an assignment from the copyright clause into the record contract, in favor of your label. This will allow you to build your catalog over time, and help to make it more attractive for a prospective buyer. An indie label contract must also be entitled to an ‘override royalty’ on the label in the event that a major label is purchased from one of your artists. License agreements This is where an artist or producer retains the copyright ownership of their recording, but can sell a record company or distributor the record on their behalf. Label labels can negotiate license agreements for an entire album or even a single one, for a certain period of time, and usually for specific areas around the world. They are a convenient way to avoid the development costs associated with feeding your own artists, and at the same time you can earn royalties from sales and build catalog. Producer contracts If you are going to be using a producer or remixer, you will need a written agreement specifying such things as advances, the recording budget, session musician fees and producer royalties, as well as including a transfer of copyright to the sound recording to your label. Normally, producer royalties are paid from the artist’s royalty share. vinyl_never_die_by_axhellwood-d45ycs5-2