Wendy Day has negotiated hip hop deals for over twenty years. She’s been a champion and advocate for the fair treatment of hip hop artists during her career and has been responsible for some of the biggest deals in hip hop history. Before she stepped on the landscape, no artist in the genre had ever walked away from closing a label deal with the amount of payment, rights, and ownership that she was able to secure for her artists. One of the most monumental deals was the 30 million dollar label agreement she got for Cash Money Records. A deal that also awarded them ownership of their master recordings, which was close to unheard of in hip hop at the time. Here are just a few of Wendy’s former clients: Cash Money Records (Juvenile, BG, Lil Wayne, Hot Boyz, Big Tymers, Baby aka Birdman), Read the rest of this entry »
Not much commentary to add to this video other than the fact that I like finding stories of other indie hip hop artists doing it themselves and making it happen. You can do your own shit, march to your own drummer, and find an audience that’s feels you. Be inspired! Read the rest of this entry »
This is my super duper dope list of 15 Twitter grinders that always stay on top of the latest music business info. Follow this 15 and you’ll be way ahead of the game and educated on some of the most important aspects of this ever evolving music industry. But in order to get this list, I ask that you do something for me first. Tweet this out to your followers on Twitter with the button below, and you’ll get a free download of this list.
SoundExchange collects royalties when sound your music is played on satellite radi0, Internet radio, on cable TV music channels, and other streaming services. SoundExchange covers ground and ASCAP an BMI doesn’t, so many artists have unclaimed money waiting for them that they’re totally unaware of. SoundExchange is free to join. Check out the vid to find out more about their service. Read the rest of this entry »
Sites like Twitter, Facebook, and even Youtube, when used correctly, are proving to be the most effective ways to build your fan base and keep them updated. Make it a point to follow other successful artists to see how they are using these tools to their advantage. Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve seen some artists sign some fucked up contacts in my day. Whether it was with a record company, management, or production company. These contracts were almost always signed without a lawyer involved. Most of the time artists only seek counsel when they’re trying to get out of a bad agreement. Bad agreements can stagnate and ruin any chances you have of living out your dream of having a career in music. Music attorney Ed Fair in this video clip expresses the importance of knowing when seek legal help.
Young Guru, a well established producer in the music business, gives you the straight talk about corporations, major labels, and how artists enslave themselves by signing record contracts. This video is filled with gems and should be encouragement for every independent hip hop artist on the path to building their own business.
The information about publishing is not the most valuable treasure of this video clip. It’s Phil’s will to grind and create an opportunity for himself when the climate of the music business was changing.
Peter Shukat, an entertainment lawyer with Shukat, Arrow, Hafer, Weber & Herbsman in New York City, discusses key issues in a recording contract such as the amount of product the label agrees to give and what kind of advance/royalty is going to be paid. He also covers the restrictions and limitations an artist can put on a record company and the mechanical royalty clause.
In this video, Janet Kleinbaum, Senior VP of Artist Marketing and Video Production for Jive Records, gives some sound advice for entering the music business. Some of the points she makes in this video could apply to any business you decide to enter into.
The formula for success in this game right now is simple. Your following is your value. Period. Creating income streams from that influence then becomes just a matter of creating partnerships with other businesses or developing a business plan of your own.
Dina LaPolt, an entertainment lawyer based in Los Angeles, CA, reveals what aspects of a record deal are worth fighting for, and how to tell when your relationship with your label is about to hit the skids.
2009 marked the end of a decade and there were many changes that occurred in the music business. When Don Diva called and asked me to write about the changes I’ve seen over the last 10 years, I started writing this before I even got off the phone. It’s easy to write about something you live and are passionate about. In fact, it almost wrote itself. I’ve been in the music industry for almost 20 years now (March 2010 marks the beginning of my 19th year) and there are very few people left who started back when I did or who’ve been in it as long as I have. I chalk that up to the continual changes and to insanity—ya gotta be a little nuts to stay in this industry any length of time. Especially the folks like me who do this for the love, and not solely for the money!
Since The Dawn Of Hip Hop Before I talk about the changes over the past decade, there are two changes that have occurred over the past two decades Read the rest of this entry »