Re: How does the music biz work?
Posted by: Eric Abrahamsen ()
Date: August 27, 2001 04:24AM

Publishing is always seperate from the Record contract, or should be. If it's not- you are in trouble, as publishing is the bread & butter of the artist- it's where he/she can actually make money.

Session players are always paid for work done, and unless they are tied to the contract in name are not eligible for Royalties.

As a new artist signed -lets say to a major label- you really do not have a lot to say concerning Producers etc.. , unless you have worked this out in the contract itself. keep in mind you are working on their dime. They want to get the most from you, and the investment.

BMI- or ASCAP? Your single -by the grace of God (!) gets airplay- it's paid to your publishing company, and they generate your check. Your Record Company Royalty is based on sales of the single. The two are not connected. Keep in mind the "Advance" you have recieved from the Record Company will be paid off prior to you seeing a cent. This does not include thier Manufacturing costs etc... If you are covering a Journey song a percentage of your use of the song goes back to whoever in Journey wrote the song via thier publishing company.

$$100,000??? Not quite. That's a lot of Money and VERY unrealistic. In a larger concert setting- a band gets paid no matter how many people show up. It's up to him, as a booking agent to bring in the people, via promotions, radio ad's etc... Mind you- this is a very risky buisness, and Promoters will only look at you if he thinks you are doing the business (Record sales etc...). A lot of people believe if you have a Record contract, automatically your on the road across the country. Not so. You play where you get Radio airplay. You play if you are signed to a booking agent who can get you the gigs you need. No longer can a band play in a city were no one knows who he/she is. It's too expensive. If your single is getting airplay in South Dakota-you work South Dakota. If it's not getting airplay in Florida, you don't go to Florida until your situation in that market changes, and you head back to the Blizzards of the Upper Midwest.

Getting "Rich" in the Music buiness? How novel! You are bringing up bands who are above the norm. Most bands no longer have a chance to make money off a record nowdays as label's are very impatient if you have not sold x-amount of your 1st record/CD. Remember your advance is just a loan. You are essetially paying for your CD. The money is not given away.

I was struck a few weeks ago concerning ELO's Tour folding, and the fact they pointed out it had only sold 52,000 copies of the latest CD. I would give my left nut to sell that many CD's! If the same rules of todays market were applied to the 70's- a band like REO would have never made it. No longer do labels nuture/develop band's the way they did then.

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How does the music biz work? 62Layman08/27/2001 03:19AM
Re: How does the music biz work?49 Eric Abrahamsen 08/27/2001 04:24AM
explain rap then 57 sfk kurt 08/27/2001 05:33AM
That's your perspective .. 51 Misterpomp 08/27/2001 05:52AM
Re: Good Point. 56 Eric Abrahamsen 08/27/2001 06:07AM
Re: explain rap then 46 Eric Abrahamsen 08/27/2001 05:53AM
Two words, kurt: PIMPIN' HOs 49 koogles 08/27/2001 06:10AM
Re: the music biz 63John Q08/27/2001 05:36AM


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