#1
Okay so pretty much my band might be signing a deal with an independent label shortly. Just wondering if anybody here had knowledge of the music business and knew of any questions to make sure that we know the answers to before we should sign on the dotted line.

Looks like we're gonna start out for 2 months on a verbal contract, to experience the effectiveness of their promotion etc. but after that we're gonna be asked to decide on whether we want to release material through them.

Also we don't want to rush into things and have it prove detrimental to the band, but at the same time the reality of saying youre in a signed band is a hard one to resist lol.

Other bands on the label if anyones heard of them include:

*The Torture Of Comacine(UK)
*Hades Chariot(UK)
*The World We Knew(USA)

So the calibre of artists seems pretty decent... but I guess that shouldnt affect our decision!
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"What's the catch?"

Remember, they're trying to make money OFF you, not for you.

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"What's the catch?"

Remember, they're trying to make money OFF you, not for you.


Yeah, I know that much obviously.

It's all pretty much about getting as big of an advance as possible I suppose, so we can afford to record etc. as that may be the only money we see. Especially if it sgonna work 100% return and we wont see any money until we've completely refunded waht theyve paid us. But if its working that way, we'll be waiting it out for another offer.
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#6
The 2 months is just a trial contract to see you if you are happy with how they operate and treat you, within that time you should see all they have to offer and then base your decision off that
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you need to consult a lawyer who specializes in contract law and/or the music industry. The big things you'll want to ask about are royalties, creative control and touring/album requirements.
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Exactly what I was going to say.

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You should ask what they can provide you tour wise. I'm talking about if they can book you, and with whom. Most indie labels work with bands to make a touring schedule. Also, ask about contacts in the industry (merch, new venues, ecT)

BTW
What label is this?
#11
Questions to adress:

1 Duration of the contract,

2 Terms of termination, fines and prizes,

3 Is it an exclusivity contract or can you work on other projects with other lables,

4 Your cut for:
A Composing
B Writting Lyrics
C live performances
D Publicity and TV spots
E Concert revinew

5 Your rights as an artist under their employ

MUST: See a solicitor about the contract.
ALTERNATIVE: Send me a copy.
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You should ask what they can provide you tour wise. I'm talking about if they can book you, and with whom. Most indie labels work with bands to make a touring schedule. Also, ask about contacts in the industry (merch, new venues, ecT)

BTW
What label is this?


Well I wont divulge that information just yet as I think it would be unfair to them before everthings sorted. But you can work it out from the information in my orignal post anyway
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#13
Quote by MiG_853
Questions to adress:

1 Duration of the contract,

2 Terms of termination, fines and prizes,

3 Is it an exclusivity contract or can you work on other projects with other lables,

4 Your cut for:
A Composing
B Writting Lyrics
C live performances
D Publicity and TV spots
E Concert revinew

5 Your rights as an artist under their employ

MUST: See a solicitor about the contract.
ALTERNATIVE: Send me a copy.

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