Do You Own It or Just Share in the Income?

People often get confused with the various income streams present in the music industry and in addition, how those income streams interact with copyright ownership. A person who owns all or a portion of a copyright will also share in the income from a composition, master recording, etc.  However, people that …

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Who gets a Writing Percentage?

If you write your own music, you may want to ask yourself:  are you giving away a writing percentage to people who didn’t write with you? The common practice of giving people a songwriting percentage who didn’t contribute to a song is becoming even more frequent in the music business. …

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Why Your Band Needs a Partnership Agreement

It’s the age old music business tale of woe:  four guys form a new band and are convinced they will be famous; the band members swear they are “brothers” and will always be a tight-knit family; things go well and the band is seeing success; money and girls start surrounding the band; and …

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Don’t Give Songwriting Credit to People That Didn’t Earn It (Why You Need a Split Sheet)

A Songwriter Split Agreement is one of the most important agreements for any musician sharing songwriting credit with others. A Songwriter Split Agreement will allow you to clearly indicate the percentage each co-writer owns of a composition.  This protects your interest in the composition and also reduces any confusion or arguments regarding …

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