Hi there, I am starting a recording studio with a business partner, and as I was searching the forums here for input, it seemed to me that the level of expertise and willingness to lend a hand is unusually high among members. So, I figured that I might be able to find a bit of specific advice from a few who have had some experience with this stuff. Well, right now we are deciding the type of business to form before we start gaining a client base. We are interested in recording all sorts of music and advertising to pay the bills at first, while taking a few projects under our wings that have previously been underfunded, and integrating an independent record label as soon as possible. I've been researching articles that have come out in the last few years about recording company business models that have adapted to the new market (or lack thereof) and built a recording studio around the record company. These companies have obviously borrowed this template from the older, all-under-one-roof Motown, RCA Nashville, early jazz Prestige/Blue Note model. This way, as an 'underfunded' entity ourselves, we wouldn't have to deal with any of the clock watching and general nail biting that comes with paying another studio and engineer by the hour to 'help' a poor, but talented band flesh out their music. So, after a bit of time, this is our idealized business sketch. My first real questions are about the business(es) that will have to be formed from the get-go. What are some thoughts about starting as a partnership vs. a corporation in this case? Since there are two of us, splitting duties and income equally, would the automatic answer be partnership? I've uncovered the different types of sound related companies. In this case, it seems that we would need to register as a 'Sound Recording Studio (512240)', an 'Integrated Record Production/Distribution Establishment (512220)', a 'Record Production Company (512210)', and a 'Music Publisher (512230)'. First of all, am I on the right track? and if I am, can I lump them all under one business name? And, where should we actually go to register it/them. As far as the label is concerned, we already have recorded demos for a band that we believe in that has no funding, and wants to be a part of what we are doing. Does anybody have suggestions about contracts that we could use? i.e. As their 'label' we find a private investment to pay (just enough to keep our doors open for the session) for the recording, to be sent somewhere else for mastering, a few grand for promo/management/organize a tour, a couple for duplication, etc. Does anybody have any experience with or have a solid blueprint that would work for all parties within that scenario? OK, thats probably enough for now. I would be forever grateful for any advice that I could get. Thanks!