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Andres Gonzalez

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releases from session players
« on: April 05, 2006, 03:39:57 PM »

Do I need to have session musicians sign a release form?

I am considering doing a project on my own on spec. That is, I will be paying the expenses on a project that I hope I can sell when it is completed. I have lots of musician friends but I do not want to rely on friendship for getting some of the parts recorded. I figure that if I pay for their services, then I retain complete control and ownership which will reduce the possibility of any misunderstandings when I later sell the product.

My question is whether it is standard practice for session musician to sign a release for the work they do.

Thanks,

-Andres

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compasspnt

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Re: releases from session players
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2006, 03:54:03 PM »

I have had to do this many times.  In fact, a label emailed me today insisting on releases from session horn players.

Why not do it from the beginning, if you have a question about your guys even before you start?

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John Ivan

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Re: releases from session players
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2006, 04:18:26 PM »

wow. This is interesting. When I show up for a session, I give 200% and all I want in return is to be paid the amount they said they would pay and I really like to have my name on the work as "Player"

I don't feel I own my guitar solo's or Bass parts. It's a service that I am happy to provide and I'm thrilled if people are moved by something I play..

I've never run into this in my little world. Sounds crazy.

Ivan...................................................
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Re: releases from session players
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2006, 06:16:17 PM »

Anybody got a boiler plate form for this?
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bigbone

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Re: releases from session players
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2006, 08:42:45 PM »

Andres Gonzalez wrote on Wed, 05 April 2006 20:39

Do I need to have session musicians sign a release form?

I am considering doing a project on my own on spec. That is, I will be paying the expenses on a project that I hope I can sell when it is completed. I have lots of musician friends but I do not want to rely on friendship for getting some of the parts recorded. I figure that if I pay for their services, then I retain complete control and ownership which will reduce the possibility of any misunderstandings when I later sell the product.

My question is whether it is standard practice for session musician to sign a release for the work they do.

Thanks,

-Andres




When you hire a studio musician, you hire him or her as a player,
not a arranger or a writer, if he or she play there instrument,you pay them
for the track that they play, i'm a studio drummer myself, and i'm hire to
play on people record, i'm hire as a drummer, so i will be pay to play
but if you ask for these people to arrange and write, that's another story.

but as a studio musicien , i never sign a release......like they say '' you pay i play''

as long as you don't sample there sound to put on another song
you will be fine


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Dave Martin

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Re: releases from session players
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2006, 10:51:26 PM »

In 30 years of playing on sessions, I've only been asked to sign a release a handful of times - and EVERY SINGLE TIME, the release was requested by amateur clients, not folks with any sort of experience (or even a clue) about either what they were doing or about the music business as a whole. I've never had a label or a publisher (major or indie) ask for a release, only folks doing custom records.

but that's just my experience; I'll bow to Terry's geater expertese...  Cool
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organica

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Re: releases from session players
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2006, 11:23:36 PM »

compasspnt wrote on Wed, 05 April 2006 20:54


Why not do it from the beginning, if you have a question about your guys even before you start?



I think that's the answer
I've had release forms come from labels both pro & am ......... but not many
 IMO it's wise to think about how your treating folks always and if you do it well , then you'll find won't need to worry too much about such things usually .
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Bob Olhsson

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Re: releases from session players
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2006, 07:06:52 PM »

Most people's lawyers would prefer releases from everybody who works on an album including the engineer because technically everybody jointly owns the copyright on the recording. Thus far this is pretty unusual here in the US but all it'll take is one or two jerks holding up somebody with a lawsuit for releases to become SOP.

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Re: releases from session players
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2006, 12:57:51 PM »


Here's one I used recently.

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