Our group is relatively new to the music production business and we basically work with independent artists who have little or no money. More often than not, we do a great deal of work initially based upon verbal agreements and then we get to the point where the artist (and their managers) want us to release the Masters of the work that we have done for them...often times without first fulfilling their financial obligations to our production group! Given that it is increasing obvious that all work that we do should START with a written contract in order to avoid the problems that we seem to be encountering....my real question is if we are clear that the production work being done is NOT simply work for hire, how do we set up a contract that says that we will not be releasing the Masters to the artist (or thier representative)? How do we know when we should release the Masters? What is the typical Producer/Artist agreement that would allow both parties to be fairly represented in the ultimate outcome of the work should the work be a commerical success? Is there a website or other source that I could find out more information about these topics? Would it be prudent to hire an attorney to get answers to these types of questions in order to avoid legal problems in the future? Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated!