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Offline Seb Riou

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Producer, terms of contract
« on: November 15, 2010, 01:46:47 am »
Hey all,
After several yeras of engineering and mixing, I'm starting to take my first producing gigs.

One is a deal with a solo artist, live Piano and vocals recording in a nice concert Hall, kinda "best of" his songs and unreleased material. So in that case, no real creative input but the choice of songs , and performance drive.

The second one is a more inside job, with a  rock singer on the come back after a bad Major experience. Has a bunch of songs, but some heavy work still on the go.

Both projects have a good following (audience and pro) but no  Label contract right now.

How would you deal the terms of contract ? What percentage of record sells ? Would you do it without a record label ? Would you charge the artist for studio time (that would make HIM the producer I guess ?)


I'll do the projects anyway, cos They're both great Artists, and I am what they need right now to make the step up, but every input is welcome

Offline compasspnt

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Re: Producer, terms of contract
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2010, 03:13:25 pm »
A normal Producer deal might be between 2 and 4 points (point = 1% of retail price). Often an advance against royalties is given, could be anywhere from $1,000 to $100,000 usually recouped before you would receive further royalties.

Studio time is separate, unless you want to roll things in together as a package.

These days, from Producer perspective as much up front as possible is advisable, as points do not mean what they used to.

Offline j.hall

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Re: Producer, terms of contract
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2010, 05:32:15 pm »
just seconding terry's comment.

Offline dmorrre

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Re: Producer, terms of contract
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2010, 12:22:02 pm »
Hey J, what did you get for "producing" In the Pines?

Offline j.hall

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Re: Producer, terms of contract
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2010, 12:22:49 am »
dmorrre wrote on Sat, 20 November 2010 11:22

Hey J, what did you get for "producing" In the Pines?


the satisfaction of getting a record deal for one of my best friends.

how are those questeds working out?

Offline Seb Riou

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Re: Producer, terms of contract
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2010, 07:52:55 am »
Thanks guys, pretty much what I thought.

Offline wwittman

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Re: Producer, terms of contract
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2010, 09:07:43 pm »
also, some indie deals pay the artiste a flat rate per record.

it sometimes, therefore, make sense to agree on a flat per unit producer rate as well


William Wittman
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(Cyndi Lauper, Joan Osborne, The Fixx, The Outfield, Hooters...)