What Would John Doe Do? – Producer Percentages
A Question from Michael in Brooklyn:
I stopped in to ask a familiar question. I was in a contract agreement with a manager and he said he didn’t want to be my manager because we had an argument over him canceling a show because he didn’t trust the producer’s ear (mixing). The manager didn’t come to the studio for a month and didn’t hear the music we recorded. See the manager did hear the music before he cancelled the show. But now he’s not my manager and all the music I recorded is on his computer. The producer made the majority of the beats, does he only get the producers fee of 2%? He didn’t write but one verse on one song. Does he get publishing or writer’s rights besides that one song?
What Would John Doe Do?
Give all the songs new titles & re-record them w/ someone that you trust (maybe leave out the one w/ the verse written by the “producer”). Never sign manager agreements before you actually have something to manage. Those “managers” are just trying to take advantage of you & yr art. In this ridiculously litigious society people need to keep their music on their own hard drives, a very sad but true situation.
onwards & upwards
thanks for writing,
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