The Insider's Guide to Music Licensing

The Insider's Guide to Music Licensing

by Brian Tarquin

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First-hand advice for musicians from Brian Tarquin, author, who has over twenty years of experience in licensing music to record labels, TV shows, feature films, radio promos, and network promos. This book takes you through how licensing really works: what type of royalties are expected, digital royalties from companies, receiving royalties from iTunes, Rhapsody, Napster through digital distributors like IODA/The Orchard, and how they pay. Also covered are mechanical royalties from, broadcast radio licenses, how foreign royalties are collected, publishing administration deals, and a breakdown of sync and master licenses. Interviews with major industry players offer advice directly to musicians.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621533962
Publisher: Allworth
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,261,239
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Brian Tarquin has won three Emmys and established himself as a top rate composer and recording artist. After launching his own imprint, BHP Music, Ltd., he produced and released tracks by Jeff Beck, B. B. King, Santana, Jimmy Page, Joe Satriani, Zakk Wylde, Stanley Clarke, Tommy Bolin, and Steve Vai on the Guitar Master Series. In 2014 Tarquin produced, composed, and performed on Guitars For Wounded Warriors, featuring such icons as Steve Morse, Billy Sheehan, Gary Hoey, Bumblefoot of Guns N’ Roses, Reb Beach of Whitesnake, Hal Lindes of Dire Straits, Chris Poland of Megadeth, and Chuck Loeb.

Table of Contents

Foreword Ben McLane ix

Chapter 1 Introduction to Music Licensing-The Basics 1

Sync and Master Fees

Industry Resources

Chapter 2 Music Production Libraries 7

Interview with Marc Ferrari-MasterSource

Interview with Jonathan Firstenberg-Music Producer

Chapter 3 Mechanicals, Sync, and Masters 25

Mechanical Royalties

Federal Case Mishap

Synchronization License

Master License

Interview with Tanvi Patel-Crucial Music

Interview with Brian Perera-Cleopatra Records

Interview with Aaron Freeman-Redeye Distribution

Chapter 4 PROs: What They Do 43




Verance and the Value of Watermarking

Know Your Affiliates

Resigning from a Society

Interview with Hunter Williams-SESAC

"The Insiders Guide to Songwriting Conferences" Dan Kimpel

Chapter 5 Music Supervisors and Editors 61

Communication Is Key

Film and Television Music Guides

7 Tips to Make You Successful

Interview with Barry

Interview with Ritch Esra-The Music Business Registry

Interview with Mark Nardone-Editor in Chief of Music Connection magazine

"Industry Profile: P. J. Bloom Neophonic, Inc." Larry LeBlanc

Chapter 6 Liberation of Digital Distribution 97


Digital Age

The Orchard

IODA Royalty Statement

"Industry Profile: Richard Gottehrer, The Orchard" Larry LeBlanc

Chapter 7 Royalties, Copyrights and What To Expect 117

Sound Exchange

Record Royalties

Personal Working Experience

The Harry Fox Agency


Other Royalty Streams

Neighboring Rights

Summary of the Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms, and Broadcasting Organizations (1961)

Copyright Basics

Interview with Joshua Graubart-Legal Advice

Copyright Litigation

Chapter 8 Selling Your Royalties 137

Understand Breakdown of Royalties to Sell

Know the Sales Breakdown

Work with People You Can Trust

Sketchy Investors

Tough Times

Interview with Sean Peace-Royalty Exchange

"Sell Your Music To Asian Markets" Stefan Broadley

Chapter 9 Music Composers-Unsung Heroes 153

Getting in the Zone

Interview with Hat Lindes-Composer Extraordinaire, Dire Straits "Brian Tarquin Launches, Relocates Jungle Room Studios" Matt Gallagher

Interview with Stanley Clarke-Composer/Bass Legend

"OutTake"-Tony Verderosa

"OutTake"-Michelle Crispin

Chapter 10 Industry Insiders 171

Interview with Aaron Davis-MusicBox/Ole Music Publishing

"TuneSat" Albert Vega

"The New Parameters of Film & TV" Dan Kimpel

Appendix A Music Library Guide 185

Appendix B Performance Rights Organizations 191

Appendix C Music Library Contract 195

Appendix D Modern Library Agreement 205

Appendix E Work for Hire Agreement 215

Appendix F Distribution Agreement 225

Appendix G Foreign Distribution Contract 235

Appendix H Exclusive Recording Agreement 241

Appendix I Assignment and Administration of Income Rights 245

Index 259

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