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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 6:02 am    Post subject: Business deals for compilation CD Reply with quote

Hi All -

I've done some CDs acting as "the record company" and have navigated the business arrangements for those pretty well.

Now I'd like to do a compilation CD using tracks from many sources ... some are mine, some are on CDs I've produced, some are from completely different sources. I think this compilation makes sense business-wise and marketing-wise.

I'm sure there are no standard deals, but can people suggest common (or not so common) arrangements when to offer the owners of songs that you want on your compilation CD.

How about: "Let me use your Track X for free ... the publicity you'll get from people who buy the compilation will increase sales of your CD on which Track X appears."

If that fails, do people offer a flat fee? Points? A fee per copy pressed?

Thanks for any feedback!

-- Clint Goss
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This can be easy or it can be tough. If it is your first time doing it, especially.

Depending on who is putting together the compilation and who the potential artists are, there are lots of possibilities, and you basically mentioned them.

Unknown artist on compilation CD with lots of support = free.

Well known artist on any compilation CD - either flat fee, or somewhere between 7-8 cents per manufactured copy (standard mechanical licencing rate)

Which is best for you depends on how much clout you have (or at least are perceived to have), and how much clout the artists involved have. It sounds like you have prior experiences. Depending on how those have fared out, you might be able to give the artists involved some assurance that they will be successful, based on your track record... or not.

Really depends on what the best deal you can arrange is.


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