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.
In this clip Jeffrey Brabec, Vice President of Business Affairs for the Chrysalis Music Group, talks about two types of publishing deals. The first is the writer deal. A writer agrees to deliver a certain number of songs. The second is the hip-hop and rock deal. Brabec points out that hip-hop and rock deals are structured the same. However, hip-hop and rock deals do have a significant distinction. Rock and roll has very little sampling, while hip-hop has a lot. Brabec explains that samples must be cleared prior to the payment of an advance. Also, hip-hop deals are more expensive.
www.MusicBizCenter.com has an awesome SlideShare presentation in regards to Music Publishing Agreement.
You can go to this link to download the presentation. It’s a must read for all of you artists looking to take your music career serious and make music your occupation.
Music Publishing Agreement (SlideShare)