I enjoy the process of co-writing with other talented artists. I would especially welcome the opportunity to work with singer/songwriters who are actively planning to put out our new song(s) on an upcoming release.
Co-Writing FAQ: (policies updated 6/1/2008)
How do I book a co-writing session?recorded examples of your singing/songwriting
lyric sheets for same
(if you prefer snail mail send to Angela Taylor, PO Box 65271, Baltimore, MD 21209)
I book co-writing sessions here in my Pro Tools studio in downtown Baltimore. To discuss co-writing together, please submit the following EPK via email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
I will evaluate your EPK and let you know if I think we'd be a good fit, and if I have room in my schedule.
What is your writing style?
Make no bones about it, I am writing songs to fit the mainstream commercial marketplace. 4 bar intros (8 bars max), 3:00 songlengths, standard song forms of V1-Ch-V2-Ch-Bridge-Ch are common for me. Strong hooks always. (Listen to several examples of my work) I prefer to write songs with a positive message - I'm not big on sad/angry/breakup songs. I also try to keep it clean.
Will we do the customary 50/50 writer's split?
In the true spirit of co-writing, I propose a 50/50 writer's split. (and 50/50 publisher's split)
Unless we are working with fully produced backing tracks, in which case we will divide something smaller. (possibly a 25/25 split)
What does it cost?
My current rates for studio time are $100/hr. Additionally I ask you to pay the $45 fee to copyright our new song.
How will we register our work?U.S. Copyright office. The cost to do this is $45 per song.
At the end of our co-write session, we'll want to submit our new song(s) to:
BMI (my publishing company is Skinny Angel Music)
(So please join a PRO (BMI or ASCAP) before our session)
We'll sign a brief agreement between the 2 of us stating we co-wrote "Song Title" on "Date" and we are splitting the authorship of Lyrics/Music 50/50. (unless we agree to do split in another ratio)
What if my recordings need more work after our co-write?
As an experienced Producer/Engineer, I'd welcome the chance to help you showcase your talents in their best light. After our initial "writing session", if you wish to spend more time polishing the recording here in my studio I ask that you pay my standard rate of $100/hr for engineering. (Listen to several examples of my work)
Ultimately when our song is finished, then what?
U.S. statutory rate for mechanical rights is currently 9.1¢.
Ex. 1: if press 100 CDs, mechanicals of $9.10 per song are payable.
In our case, since there is a 50/50 split, your label (or you if self-released) would owe me $4.05. (And the label/you would owe "yourself" $4.05. Which you are free to waive of course)
Ex. 2: if press 1000 CDs, mechanicals of $91.00 per song are payable.
If there is a 50/50 split, your label (or you if self-released) would owe me $40.50. (And the label/you would owe "yourself" $40.50. Which you are free to waive of course)
iTunes / Internet release:
If you sell downloads of the song, I am owed mechanicals of 4.55¢ (half of 9.1¢) per download.
I am actively placing songs in Film and Television productions. If any of our co-written songs get picked up, I will split the income with you 50/50. I am not currently charging administrative costs, but am likely to implement a small administrative cost in the future to cover my marketing expenses.
Recorded by other famous artists:
If the song is good enough, we can try to get it cut by someone famous. This translates to split of album mechanicals for both of us, airplay royalties for radio airplay, etc. I am not currently charging administrative costs, but am likely to implement a small administrative cost in the future to cover my marketing expenses.
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