Five Steps to Protecting Your Music and Your Money

Written by Jeromie Frost

There are a lot of independent labels out there waiting to use a talented musician to make quick money. The offers may seem hard to refuse, especially if you are a struggling artist or band that has struggled to get a record deal. A little money and exposure may seem great forrepparttar moment, but you run a high risk of getting contractually bound to that record label forrepparttar 105707 rest of your life. If a better deal comes along later, you may not be able to accept it, or you may get robbed of your rightful percentages. All of this I learnedrepparttar 105708 hard way. I was very fortunate to be able to get myself out of trouble and get a fresh start inrepparttar 105709 music business. I also took time to educate myself through books andrepparttar 105710 experiences of others, as well as my own, to conceive a plan on how to avoid a repeat of what happened once before. This plan I believe will be very helpful for you ambitious artists pursuing your dreams. It is put into five easy steps, but make sure to readrepparttar 105711 details listed within each step.

1. Copyright your music

This is one ofrepparttar 105712 most important things you can do to protect your music. Takerepparttar 105713 time, fill outrepparttar 105714 forms. There have been many instances where a person wrote a song and nothing ever came of it. Years later a signed band steals their song and remakes it. The original artist had it copywritten and suesrepparttar 105715 other record label for thousands if not millions of dollars. Instant riches! Protect your tunes.

2. Understand what you really want from your music

Figure out whether you are looking to sell your songs to record companies, or berepparttar 105716 band and artist who performsrepparttar 105717 songs. There is good money in just writing songs for other bands. Ask for a percentage if that is your decision, because that will generally make you much more money inrepparttar 105718 long run than an up front payment. The only thing you sacrifice by writing instead of performing isrepparttar 105719 fame and exposure. Also, determine how much you stand behind your music. Are you willing to allowrepparttar 105720 record company to make several changes to your songs and try to mold you into “their sound”? How much do you believe in your product?

3. Get a contract lawyer and agent

You need an agent to represent your band torepparttar 105721 record labels. This person doesn’t need to be an established agent inrepparttar 105722 business. It can be a friend or relative if they can talk assertively and won’t make any quick decisions without consultingrepparttar 105723 band. The record companies only want to talk to one person, not three, four, or five members of a band. It gets too confusing for them and they don’t haverepparttar 105724 time. Make sure they are looking out for your best interests and not theirs. A contract lawyer is especially important. Just call around and find a local lawyer who specializes in contracts. When it comes time to signrepparttar 105725 dotted line, make surerepparttar 105726 lawyer is by your side. Don’t sign any contracts or documents until you and your lawyer have taken time to read them thoroughly and make a decision. If a record company is rushing you to sign any papers, walk away. Patience should be allowed to you if they are truly interested. If they rush you, they are planning to manipulate you.

Don't Forget About Offline Advertising

Written by Adrian Kennelly

A lot of online based businesses forget about offline advertising. It is important to combine offline and online advertising together in your marketing campaign. You can market offline more effectively by targeting people that actually have access torepparttar internet. In all your advertising you want to include your web site address, e-mail or autoresponder addresses, andrepparttar 105706 e-mail address to subscribe to your e-zine. Below are 10 offline marketing ideas:

-Place classified or full page ads in print publications. The print publications should be computer or internet related.

-Post flyers in stores. They could be computer stores, software stores, libraries etc.

-Buy mailing lists and send direct mail. You should make sure that allrepparttar 105707 people onrepparttar 105708 mailing list are internet users.

-Buy commercial time on T.V. They can be during shows that are targeted toward internet users.

-Pass out your CD-ROM or diskette business cards at special events. It could be at trade shows, seminars, fairs, etc.

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