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    WTF? How do YOU collect royalties from your indie clients?

    This question is for those of you who have co-written songs (music and/or lyrics) with your clients who are not associated with a label or publisher of any kind. I've only started doing this over the last year, and these artists are distributing their own music with TuneCore, Ditto, etc - sometimes they give the music away for free. What should I do to collect on the sales they get and protect myself on the off-chance they hit it big?

    Thanks in advance!
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    Default Re: How do YOU collect royalties from your indie clients?

    This question is for those of you who have co-written songs (music and/or lyrics) with your clients who are not associated with a label or publisher of any kind. I've only started doing this over the last year, and these artists are distributing their own music with TuneCore, Ditto, etc - sometimes they give the music away for free. What should I do to collect on the sales they get and protect myself on the off-chance they hit it big?

    Thanks in advance!
    If you co-wrote the song you should be registered as one of the writers with the US copyright people and also with a PRO, preferably the same PRO as the other writers of the song. (However you can only be a member of one PRO. That's BMI, ASCAP, or SESAC in the US.)

    It's the same thing as if you co-write with anybody.
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    Default Re: How do YOU collect royalties from your indie clients?

    That's a good question!

    They do need a mechanical license from you. You can probably have it administered by Harry Fox.
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    Default Re: How do YOU collect royalties from your indie clients?

    This is sort of a sideways answer as you said "no label" - but as an independent label I have taken some administration type deals where I'm not invested (or invested much) in the production of the music or promotion of the artist. This isn't meant as an advertisement (The label name isn't here) but just a suggestion of something they might look for.

    In those cases, without locking them into any larger contract the indie label takes temporary ownership of the master for some period and act like a Tunecore to get it digitally distributed or create physical product. Fees aren't much different from Tunecore. (I guess we all have our reasons at times to work for free, or nearly free.) The difference is that the indie label sees that stakeholders like you get paid before the artist does and that anyone can audit the statements at anytime.

    On physical CD's (which to be honest I was kinda surprised at the volume - modest, but then I had expected nothing at all) you don't really care what they do with them or how long it takes to sell because as a writer you would get paid before they ship. In a deal like that where they are just shipping to the artist, there are no reserves like there would be with retail. If they do go retail, it's a different kind of deal. And yah, there is an administrative publisher in either case.

    Something like that might protect you for at least the period of the contract...
    Last edited by Southfork; February 14th, 2016 at 05:18 PM.

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