DBU - MUSB 3310 - Chapters 7 & 9

DBU - MUSB 3310 - Chapters 7 & 9 - The Major Label...

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The Major Label Deal (from the Producer’s Point of View) Chapter 7
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What is a producer? A. Generally thought of as the person who puts a deal together (I.e., raises the money) B. In the record industry a producer is more like the director of a film, not a financer. C. Significant Difference: usually made responsible for “delivery” of final master recording
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The Artist/Producer Conflict Producers think like business people * Causes artists to mistrust * But, truth is…90% of new acts lose money, so the producer also has a reason to be wary
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Major Label’s Attitude Not willing to trust artist with large budget Contracts usually stipulate…”artist will, at artist’s expense, hire a producer.” * Remember: Producer’s fee is paid out of the artist’s advance * Producer’s record royalty comes out of the artist’s 12% artist royalty Producer’s Dilemma: How to make a commercial record and still be faithful to the artist’s sound.
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3 Types of Producer Deals The “All-In” Deal 1. Label gives producer set amount of money to produce each song (average: $35k per song) a. Called an “all-in “budget b. Producer pays all vendors, studio, engineer, etc c. Producer pays himself (1) Whatever is left over, producer keeps (2) Free of recoupement (3) Give incentive to bring the project in for as little as possible 1. Drawback: If label decides the want a remix or re-edit, the producer must pay for it.
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3 Types of Producer Deals (cont’d) Non-All-In-Deals Found in Rock and other genres where artist is the focus of the record, not the producer Producer prepares budget, but is paid directly by label (on behalf of artist) Typical fee = $150K to produce the album If producer has clout…fee is not recoupable from artist’s royalties…so the producer earns royalties from record one
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course MUSB ? taught by Professor Valdez during the Spring '08 term at Dallas Baptist.

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DBU - MUSB 3310 - Chapters 7 & 9 - The Major Label...

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