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Here’s everything you need to know about publishing contracts for music producers!
There are about 5 publishing contracts that music producers should be aware of. From master track licenses for TV and film to non-exclusive recording contracts, Symphonic Distribution has got you covered.
Master Track License (for TV & Film)
Contract by which an owner of copyright grants a non-exclusive right to record, dub and synchronize the Master with TV programs, films, advertisements and trailers, and to exhibit distribute, exploit, market and perform the MASTER embodied within the Programs.
Licensing Agreement for Certain Recordings
Agreement under which an artist assigns recording copyrights (on an album) to a label for defined period of time (7 years from the date of release).
Label will account fifty percent (50%) of net profits after recording, promotional, manufacture, distribution, legal and accounting costs are recouped. For synchronisation usages the royalty will be of seventy-five percent (75%) and the artist is allowed to procure his/her own licenses provided it pays ten percent (10% gross) to label for any income generated from such licenses.
Agreement is exclusive in relation to the recordings being assigned but Artist is not engaged exclusively as a recording or performing musician and is therefore free to assign copyrights not covered in this agreement to other labels.
Label is required to release the album within 6 months in the UK and within one year after the UK release. If a release is not procured within those periods of time the artist can claim copyright back on unreleased songs in respect to the territories where the songs are not release.
This is a flexible contract for a label looking to license particular recordings but do not wish to tie up an artist as a recording/performing artist exclusively for a number of years or for a number of releases. It can be used as a trial agreement before moving on to an exclusive recording type of arrangement.
Publishing Agreement For Certain Compositions
An agreement under which a songwriter assigns the copyright in certain songs (listed in contract) to a publisher for a limited period, in return for which the publisher arranges for the exploitation of the songs (although the agreement does not absolutely oblige it to exploit), collects the income from such licensing and accounts to the writer for an agreed share of that income.
Music Publishing Contract
As a songwriter, you may be interested in business, but your talents are best spent in creating. However, someone needs to take care of business, and that’s where the publishing industry came from. When a publisher makes a standard deal with a songwriter, it will find users for the content, issue licenses, collect money and pay the writer(s) conditions of which will be included in the Publishing Contract.