What Terms Do You Need to Know for Your Record Contract

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.

Recording and Performance Tips from Arcane Malevolence

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.


Arcane Malevolence - Wicked Turn of the Vine

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The State of The Music Industry and the Delegitimization of Artists: Pt. 3 How a Skewed Perspective Delegitimizes Artists

– a Six Part Series 

by Jeff Price

Part III: How a Skewed Perspective Delegitimizes Artists

Read Past Chapters

Part I: Music Purchases and Net Revenue For Artists Are Up, Gross Revenue for Labels is Down

Part II: The Impact of DMCA Streams and Why They Should Be Considered 

Upcoming 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.

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The New Report Card

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.

Wednesdays sucked!

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