Music Business Contracts: Negotiation, Drafting, Enforcement

Music business contracts affect copyrights and royalties in connection with master recordings and songs. Further, many music business contracts entered into today permanently determine ownership rights and royalties as well as define decision making authority and control.

Therefore, it is important to have a professionally drafted music business contract to protect your interests. A well-drafted music contract can help maximize your control, ownership and financial interests. Schwartz, Ponterio & Levenson, PLLC, can assist clients in the negotiation, drafting and enforcement of music business contracts.

Music business contracts used by recording artists and record labels that effect copyrights and royalties in connection with master recordings include:

  • Producer contract
  • Recording/artist contract
  • Sample license contract
  • Remix contract
  • Physical distribution contract
  • Pressing and distribution contract
  • Digital distribution contract
  • Side/featured artist contract
  • Master use contract
  • Compilation use contract
  • Artist royalty administration contract
  • Work-for-hire contract
  • Management contract

Music business contracts used by songwriters and music publishers that affect copyrights and royalties in connection with songs include:

  • Songwriter contract
  • Administration contract
  • Publisher contract
  • Co-writer contract
  • Co-publishing contract
  • Sync license contract
  • Interpolation license contract
  • Sub-publishing contract
  • Publishing royalty administration contract
  • Work-for-hire contract

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