12 Apr 2021

Song Assignment Agreement

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Of course, if the song becomes a great success, it will deserve huge copyright. But even if the song is not a hit, but is on a best-selling album, the revenue can be considerable. I once signed a song contract with a writer and placed the songs on the 1984 Pointer Sisters Multi-Platin Breakout album. Sixteen years later, royalties are still being generated for this song. Sometimes a single case of songs, when the song is placed, can lead to a full-fledged offer from the employee. It is not uncommon for a songwriter to be offered a deal worth $20,000 (or much larger) when the publisher now believes the songwriter is a potential hitmaker. But even if there is no other offer, it is often surprising how much money can be made with a single song. To quote the first paragraph of the introduction to our book Music, Money and Success: The Insider`s Guide To Making Money In The Music Business: “In today`s world of constant technological change and innovation, The evolution of revenue streams, the global concentration of record and music stores, the importance of social networking sites and the evolution of the dissemination of musical models are more important than ever for the songwriter, composer, music publisher, recording artist and record company to have the practical, commercial and legal knowledge necessary to succeed and exist in the music industry.” In simple terms, knowledge of how this company works is essential to earn a living through music and to succeed. Under this contract, the songwriter usually has 50% (or, in some cases, 100%) I did it. the rights to publish a song to the publisher for a specified period of time, usually between 12 and 24 months. If the publishing house secures an investment with an artist during this period (it is not necessarily Celine or Whitney), then the publishing house becomes a permanent owner of the copyright of the song.

The contract could also determine whether safeguarding a film or television use for the song (instead of a record placement) is sufficient for the publisher to retain a permanent copyright. There is another type of chord on the single song. This is when a song has already become a hit (or is on a hit album), and the author needs immediate means. Then, the author can simply sell some or all of the publishing rights at a fair price, based on the projected income of the song. Most major publishers like to buy a hit this way, knowing that it is already a success, with a guaranteed income. In an agreement focused on film and television, the publishing house could insist on 100% of the release of the song (or 50% of the gross salary), because this song is considered obscure or less commercial and therefore more difficult to place. In these cases, the songwriter always receives the author`s share in the income (the remaining 50%). The world of music begins with a creative effort – the song. What happens next with this song is the music business. Often, the first contact a songwriter has with this business side of music is by dealing with a music publishing house. This relationship may be one of the most important that a songwriter will ever have, since the role of the music publisher is to exploit the song (bring the artists to record it; bring the song into movies, TV series, video games, commercials, ringtones and rings, dolls and toys, musical greeting cards, etc.); negotiate contracts with all those who want to use the song (film and television producers, advertising agencies, video game companies, etc.); to protect the song (copyright of the song, prosecute violators, record the song at ASCAP, the Harry Fox agency, collection companies from foreign countries, etc.); and collect all the proceeds from the song from all sources (except the author`s share of the performance money) and pay the songwriter his share according to the song/music publishing contract.

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