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Discussion in 'Studio Lounge' started by denardoh, Dec 22, 2004.

  1. denardoh

    denardoh Guest

    Hi everyone,

    Thanks in advance for reading this post. I have done some research but I have a few unanswered questions...

    I have a plan to record friends and associates playing as quartets/trios/dixieland/etc... I am aware that I can purchase rights for 2500 copies or less by going to harryfox.com. BUT, I don't know how I would handle recording the tunes and paying the musicians. I know there are at least 2 options...

    1) Pay everyone upfront with a contract stating the end of the deal is at (1000 for instance) copies. That way they get paid for the performance and the recording, and if the record flops - they don't need to worry about it.


    2) Pay a flat rate for the performance then pay as I sell copies.

    Option 1 makes more sense to me. This is hard to explain, but most of the guys I want to record are friends and family and I don't plan on making a ton of money - but capture some of these guys playing before time runs out (if you know what I mean). I do need to pay them, but I think they aren't too worried about legal issues, going platinum, etc.

    Well, please let me know if you have an opinion on this. My final thoughts are this: draw up a contract stating number of copies, length of session, blah blah. Agree to number of copies and pay musicians HOURLY for their performances and another flat fee based on the number of copies.


    For Instance. TRIO, 5 tunes, recorded on one day.

    3 hours @ $50.00 per hour plus 500 copies at $0.05 each ($25.00) = $175.00, and the deal is done unless more copies need to be pressed. I own the recording but need to uphold a stipulation in the contract that states after 500 copies, I owe the musician a flat rate (say $30.00 per 500 copies) or something along those lines. And if I use harryfox, I am limited to 2500 anyhow, so a contract could be fairly easy right?

    Well, I will hunt around the site and look for more answers. This site is great!

  2. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2001
    Los Angeles, CA
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    Most recordings I'm involved in are buy-out situations. The musicians are paid for their time at the session and they never see another cent. The chances that the label breaks even are low so they don't worry about it.

    Scoring work for film is another situation, but most recording sessions are one-time situations.

  3. splurge

    splurge Guest

    Just agreeing with Fitfth Circle here,

    Session muscians get paid for their time, I've never known royalties to be involved.

    Good luck


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