Results to the poll: Are 360 Deals Good for Artists?
Maggie Lange, an attorney and Professor of Music Business/Management at Berklee College of Music, describes the major points to be found in a recording contract and what they actually mean for you, the artist, such as: the term of the contract; what your royalty checks will actually contain; and what decisions are taken out of your hands when you sign on the dotted line.
Question: What do you think are the most unfair parts of a traditional record label deal?
Some suggestions: exclusivity, perpetual transfer of copyright, cross-collateralization, controlled composition clause, low royalty rates, packaging deductions.
Let us know what you think in the comments below and we will give someone free copy of All You Need To Know About The Music Business by Donald Passman and distribution of an album so that you can sign yourself! All comments made by November 11th will be considered.
Arcane Malevolence brings creativity and originality to each song in their debut album, Wicked Turn of the Vine. Their progressive metal music is packed with something for everybody: interesting melodies, strong rhythms, and humor. We got to talk to Arcane Malevolence's guitarist Mike Devaney, who recorded and mixed their new album. Read on to learn more about this Connecticut band and pick up some tips to take to the studio and the stage.
– a Six Part Series
by Jeff Price
Part III: How a Skewed Perspective Delegitimizes Artists
Read Past Chapters
Part IV: The Growth Phase is Over? Improved Label Margins
Part V: When Good Laws Turn Bad
Part VI: The Hills are Alive…..
Normally it’s not a big deal that someone has an opinion that you disagree with – you can agree to disagree and move on. However, the danger of this skewed and inaccurate portrayal is the de-legitimization of artists that are achieving success. This restricts their opportunities and choices. Sadly, the mainstream media reinforces this perspective.
by George Howard, Read more articles at Artists House Music or follow George on twitter @gah650
I still wake up on Wednesdays with a little shudder. You see, Wednesdays are (and, I guess, always will be) Soundscan days. Back when there was still a record business, you got your report card every Wednesday morning. I remember so well hauling my pale ass out of bed and logging in to SS (SoundScan). 90% of the time, this was immediately followed by an “ugh.” The numbers were rarely what you wanted them to be (for more on SS’s continued irrelevance, read this).
Numbers indelibly etched in my brain, off to the office I’d go. I’d review the radio and press reports from the indies, and check on internal press and radio reports. Ugh. Ugh.