1- Welcome word!
2- Article 1 -The Music Contracts,
3- Bands and Singers who have submit us the 'Looking for Songs' Form.
4- Bio Part One- From Myself-
Welcome to the first Edition Of SongMaker-Xpress.
Good-evening or Good Morning to all of You; subscribers of our brand-new Newsletter.
First of all, I appreciate your patience, and hope you didn't had to wait too long.
My first thought was to write an article about myself, but I've changed my mind about this. A far more interesting issue that I would like to pas on to you guy's is about the Music (industry )Contracts.
Because some Bands and singers have for songs by submitting our 'looking for Songs?' form,. So.. It would be a great idea to explain a bit more about Music contracts and other ( Legal)advice, before signing or collaborate with someone else.
Many people in the industry advice when it comes to contracts, to seek legal advice. With other words ,let the contract been read by a lawyer/solicitor. This could the case if it's about a big contract( let's say a $200,000 record deal or publishing contract) and big money, where there is much to win and much to loose.
But even then, a Lawyer/solicitor is a costly matter. Do you wish to invest a large sum of money in an un certain adventure?
Fact is that you need a deal, an agreement between all the parties involved, and this written and signed on paper, and if possible in plain English.
As an example I shall take the Bands/artists who have demand for strong material.Let me first of all say this. It's a win-win agreement. The band has the first choice, this meant that the material is strong and that he/she likes it a lot.
So.. no complains afterward. The songwriter must be happy too, because he will get a copy of the (nearly) perfect recording, and the
performers will try to get signed with a record label or a publisher( or both). This doesn't mean that the songwriter in the meanwhile is laying on his back, but can also pitching out submissions, as he wish.
Subscribers of our newsletter can react to this adds and send them their package ( just as they would do for a publisher ).
If the band /artist loves the material, he or she can contacts the songwriter to come to an agreement.
What do you have to state or to put in this agreement?
That's hard to tell. The few things that you might wish to have in a contracts : 1- The duration of the agreement. This for a, specific period, let's say, 3 to 6 month. If you ain't set up a date , you possibly gonna see your song no more.
2)-Emphasize that you wish to receive a copy of the (close to professional) recording and don't let this take too long( no longer than 2-3 weeks) and put the time within you want to receive a copy of the demo recording.
If you really want to have a professional looking contract, then this is your man.
Ty Cohen, an expert on Entertainment law an contracts, also very busy in the music industry, has a whole collection of ready and run music contracts.
So, probably the kind of contracts that are just right for you too.
Let's read what he has to say about Music Industry Contracts.
Music Industy Contracts, By Ty Cohen.
As an Artist in the Music Industry, The First Thing You
MUST Do is Kill All the Lawyers...
Then Take Control of Our Music Industry Contracts and Documents
the Right Way!
We would like to think that the music industry is filled with
musicians all devoted to the art music creation. But the ideal
isn't always the way life is, you and I both know that for a fact.
That's because the second word in the phrase "music business" is
"business". While the purpose of artist, singers and musicians is
to create music, the purpose of businessmen is to make money. We live in a real world where money makes it possible for artists to
exist. It takes more than musicians, it take people like agents,
and bankers, and accountants and club owners.
Even Music Industry Lawyers?
Yes, there is even some value to all the legal contracts and
documents that you must sign any time you sign to a label (or if
you're the label owner, sign an artist to your label), set up a
show, a tour, rent equipment or record your music at a studio. Just consider the protection you get from legal documents if they
are prepared by competent lawyers......
* Protection from people who would take advantage of you.
* Protection so you get paid what you deserve and all that you
* Protection from damages if something happens during one of your
* Protection of your equipment and your band members from theft or
And lots lots more. Yes, despite all of the jokes, lawyers provide
a valuable service to music industry.
How are Lawyers like Self-Serve Gas?
Do you remember pumping your own gas at the gas station? Most of
us cannot remember when it ever was another way. So what does this
have to do with lawyers in the music industry? Well there was a
real valuable reason why self-serve gas was invented and that was
TO SAVE MONEY.
This is the very same reason why we created our 101
Music Business Contracts software for you - To Save Money and to
provide you with professionally drafted music business contracts
that you can edit and print right from the comfort of your computer.
Take a look:
Music Contracts 101
When it comes to lawyers, we want them around if we have to sue
someone or are being sued or something like that. But a large
amount of what lawyers do is pretty routine stuff.
and other legal documents are almost cookie cutter style where they
just fill in the blanks and presto, you have yourself a contract.
The thing they don't tell you is YOU CAN DO THAT YOURSELF! Just like it doesn't take a professional with a degree to pump gas, many
legal contracts can be done "self-serve". Like that gas pump, if
you have the right equipment and software, you can do it yourself.
Seeing is Believing
If a tool that could help you build your own contracts and other
legal agreements ever were invented, you know it would have to be
very carefully customized to fit the music industry right?. Because legal arrangements in the music industry are so unique and
cover so many issues of copyright, creative control, royalties,
band name protection and advertising, it seems that its impossible
to create a machine or computer program that could handle such
unusual situations and do it well enough so we would not have to
pay an expensive lawyer to help us every time, right?
Wrong, a software program has been created that can help you will
all of your music industry contracts and legal documents and at the
same time save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars in legal
fees. This amazing software is called 101 MUSIC BUSINESS CONTRACTS. It's Here =>
Music Contracts 101
101 MUSIC BUSINESS CONTRACTS was written by music industry and
legal experts so it is designed to deal with issues you face every
day in your music career. It is easy and fun to use and will help
you understand your legal contracts without a lot of legal mumbo
jumbo to get in the way.
Not only that, 101 MUSIC BUSINESS CONTRACTS is incredibly flexible,
adapting to any legal situation you might face. Consider some of
the ways 101 MUSIC INDUSTRY CONTRACTS accommodates your needs.
* It's usable in every state so you can use the same contract in
different states as you travel or your musical opportunities spread.
* It will run on any computer.(PC & Mac)
* It has every possible music industry contract you might have to
deal with whether you are a songwriting, a performer, a record
company representative, agent or any other type of professional in
the music business.
* All of the contracts can be modified right from your computer so
you can add special circumstances or take out things form the
contract that won't work on a contract-by-contract basis.
Platinum Millennium Publishing
Take your time to Visit Ty's website:
Music Contracts 101
3)Here are the ' Looking for songs' adds.
Make sure that you have copy right your songs Before sending out.
The advantage of a deal with the singer-bands, I've mentioned above. Anyway, it's easier to try your luck with a band then with record labels or publishers.
One advice for songwriters.
Let your song(s)free ( for the duration of the contract), thats the normal course , you can't keep controlling your songs.
E-mail Address: email@example.com Street Address: st. Francis
City: Los banos
Country: American Samoa
Style of music he's looking: hip hop
Mark from the lilbayouband
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Street Address: 13093 Spellman Lambert Rd.
Country: United States
Style of music:We are a country, southern rock type
band. Looking for these type songs but really want a killer ballad.
kiki from Suffolk 101 Kings Road, United States E-mail Address: email@example.com
Is looking for hip-hop and r&b songs, all girl band material please.
4) Bio Part One:
Hi <>, my name is Paul Farrier. I'm a songwriter myself for some years, but with the arrival of my two kids, the times of spending a quit evening with my guitar, are long gone.
They are now 2 and 3 and a half years old. I suppose that it will take an other year or two before I shall have time again for writing some songs .
Although, Now and than I take my guitar for a short exercise, but soon the kids come to play along ( what I appreciate, it shows they have an interest in what I'm doing). What else can I do than to pset my guitar back aside.
Now, that's life. I love my kids, and If I have to choose ( for the time being) between songwriting and my family.
On the otherhand, thats why I started this web site, Song-makes-musicbusiness.com. Now I can work while the kids are in bed. Like I said, it will change some day, although I don't know when this will be.
In the meanwhile I continue working my other passion : developing the web site. This is also a never ending story ( after the biggest part is done it takes less time )
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So, this is the end of our first Issue, up to our next one.
Thanks <> for sharing your time with us.
Comments! Ideas! Feedback!
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(c) 2006 Paul Farrier. of Song-Makes-Musicbusiness.com Inc.