Work for Hire Agreements are a staple in the music business and you shouldn’t get caught without one. Let’s say a friend in the industry calls you up because they need help finishing a song. Or, let’s say you’re a producer and you were asked to make a beat for a new artist. For both of these situations, before you set foot in the studio, they will probably hand you a work for hire agreement. Don’t get caught saying, Huh? What is that?
A work for hire agreement is a one-time contract that guarantees the recipient an upfront cost, or other form of payment, in return for services. This wildly different from receiving royalties, so pay close attention as we break down what you need to know.
As soon as you hear the words “work for hire agreement”, you might think that those legal documents don’t apply to a serious...
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In other words, have a good team with a shared goal. It’s never a bad idea to meet people and learn from them. Go to shows and events to network with professionals, collaborate with musicians in your community, and get a mentor to guide you in the right direction. A solid team for an artist consists of:
Manager - to act as your “musical parent” in working out every business-related decision.
Booking Agent - to negotiate with venues and promoters in booking live shows and tours.
Assistant - to help keep you organized and on time for scheduled plans.
Photographer - to capture and document live shows and your journey as an artist.
Marketing Strategist - to keep...