Post by terryrocks on May 24, 2017 10:38:30 GMT -6
I'm looking at hooking up with a couple of songwriters in order to produce their songs with my studio and musicians. The tunes would then be used to try and license for commercials/film, etc. Do any of you guys do this? if so, what is a typical agreement in terms of publishing?
A song can take a good deal of time to produce well and most of them won't make a dime in the licensing world (or any for that matter). I'm just trying to figure out what would be fair to all parties.
Usually, the production and playing/players are work for hire. Are you not charging them up front? If they're willing to trade co-publishing for a demo/production, that's not unheard of. It's usually a single-song contract...here's an article on it (I just skimmed) www.taxi.com/music-business-faq/publishing/co-pub-agree-1.html
I would say in that instance, a fair deal would be production costs for co-pub. And half of production costs are recoupable. You could make that with performance and mechanical royalties...so you are half recouped before they get anything. If you're feeling generous, you could also add in a 3-5 year publishing reversion after recoupment.