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How does Music Business works? What is important to know in the music business? Is it better to go indie or to sign with the label these days? Thank you

Angie 16th July 2008 Wow these are great questions with no really short answers. Many things play a part in making the decision between a major or indie. Your music type and style and career goal are important points. Rather than make this response long enough to become a book, I will refer you to a book. "This Business Called Music" Get that EXACT title it is considered by many to be the bible of the music industry and will be your tool throught your career. Also BMI, SESAC, ASCAP and NARIP offer great workshops. I hope I was helpful to you and please feel free to contact me anytime! Michael Campbell

If I wrote songs with someone and then parted ways and the songs are copyrighted, should I have to sign a release form If he asks? He hired a bunch of musicians to play on the songs and paid them a fee. Since I am the co-writer, is there any reason I would want to sign a 'release form' if he asks me to? Hope that makes sense

Clifford Hritz Tuesday 04 Dec 2007 No you should not sign any form at this time. It appears he has nothing really going on with the songs at this time so until he does protect your interest by doing nothing

How does one evaluate a good producer and what variables should a singer look for in a producer and weed out fakes and so called wanna be producers? How does one know if a producer is legit or not?

Laurie Walls Thursday 29 Nov 2007 There is a definate difference between a producer and a beatmaker. A producer should: Know how to play an instrument Know his way around the Studio and its operation. Be a member of one or more professional org's. Have a proven record of songs released.

DEAR SIRS, I WAS A WRITER/KEYBOARDIST FOR A BAND SIGNED WITH A LARGE LABEL A FEW YEARS AGO. I WAS PAID MY WRITERS ROYALTIES IN A TIMELY AND ACCURATE MANNER.IN 2005, THE SAME ALBUM WAS RE-RELEASED BY ANOTHER COMPANY WHO LICENSED THE RIGHTS TO REDISTRIBUTE FROM UNIVERSAL MUSIC. I JUST DISCOVERED THE RE-RELEASE. I HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY WRITERS ROYALTIES FROM EITHER COMPANY. WHO SHOULD I PURSUE FOR MY ROYALTIES: THE FIRST LABEL OR THE COMPANY WHO LICENSED IT FROM THEM. YOUR KNOWLEDGE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. WARMEST REGARDS, TIM SHARPTON

TIM SHARPTON Thursday 22 Nov 2007 I would start here. Here's the list... Check your original recording contract to see if there is anything related to you getting royalties from other deals. The original label to get a copy of the agreement and yes you are entitled to see it because it affects you. You may have to ask for it in a formal request by certified mail. Contact the label that did the re release and ask for a copy of the agreement and try to find out what provisions have been made, if any for paying royalties.

My question is what advice would you give this 46 year old man as far as getting signed to a major label. How much "Age" is the factor in this regard for any one interested in this business. Thank You Sirs .... Steven Patrick

StevenPatrick Sunday 26 Aug 2007 Well first of all the age of the major label is over. Indies are a better choice for many reasons but more on that later. Labels have a tendency to go for young talent but really the bottom line is if it will make money the labels will want it. Major labels do not care about music,songs or artists... Just sales. If you have something hot you just need a label...any Label willing to take a chance on you.

I have noticed that almost every singing entertainer in the business writes their own songs or is with someone who writes original songs. How do I make a cd for example as a tribute to Johnny Cash or Merle Haggard or just an assortment of great established songs that were not written by me? How do I do that without getting into copyright problems? Thanks. Joe

Joe Wednesday 23 May 2007 If you are trying to sell this CD you will need proper clearences. For that contact the Harry Fox Agency If not you could sing over some misic tracks just to have a Demo for people to get an listen to you

I have an Audio engineering questions. I would like to your opinions on using "doubles" on a track; can they be used througout the entire song, or only parts of the song? Is there a 'general rule of thumb' as to where they should be used and when they are the most effective? Also, what is your advice when it comes to harmonies. What is the "technique" used in audio engineering to make them sound 'tighter' so they don't sound like a background vocal?

Mark Healey May 20th 2007 get your singer to establish an official way they are going to sing the song. the next take should follow exactly. watch out for pitch and tone. Use close miking on the harmonies and make sure thet follow exactly

WHICH COMES FIRST ON THE MIX DOWN: REVERB, COMPRESSION, EQ, DELAY?

SHAFIQ SHABAZZ May 20th 2007 that is up to you but I mostly add reverb last

How does one make an earned living as a lyricist? Also, how can someone get their songs published?

Jimmie Lee May 20th 2007 find several musicians to team up with and become writing partners. get copyrights and split 50-50 shop the songs and yourself on the net and to publishers. form your own publishing co

How do i find a good manager/agent?

Jason 2007-04-16 Good ones have a track record and will mostly find you as you get around and perform and get your name out there. There are music resouce guides but most will not respond because of time. find artists you like and do a google search of their managers shoot them an email

how do I send my Demo to a label company?and how do you know wich one is reliable?

Nathalie-joan Limon 2007-03-25 Most labels will not listen to material not submitted by a producer, attorney or other connected person in the industry

What advice do you have for singers, who want to improve there voice in singing?

Darleen 2006-12-17 listen to different types of music. get a good pitch/training CD or DVD If you can afford it get a good coach or join the church Choir

I want to start a home recording studio.Kindly guide as to what is the cheapest or free way to do so.

Sanjeev Ghotgalkar 2006-12-05 check out Tascam.com they have some great digital studio units









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