We talk a lot about how big a job it is to make something happen in the music biz and its true. There are an number of key elements that need to come together to have a successful record. A major label is typically organized by function in all those key areas with a mini-management structure within each area. Let’s walk the record company and meet the folks you’ll be working with.
- We talk a lot about how big a job it is…to make something happen in the music business.…And it's definitely true.…There are a number of key elements…that need to come together to have a successful record.…And all of them will require a specific skill set…and level of experience.…When I talk today about how labels are structured,…I'm going to do it from the viewpoint of a major label…and how they're structured.…If you're a small label, with a limited staff,…the key functions covered by those majors…are the same ones you'll need to cover.…
You'll just need to do it with a lot less staff.…A major label is typically organized by function…in all those key areas.…With a little mini-management structure within each area.…Typically, each department will have a department head,…usually a vice president,…who supervises a staff of folks within that department…who will handle the day-to-day work.…In my job as a manager,…I would often fly back to New York City…to meet with all our label friends.…When a record was coming out,…
In this installment of An Insider's Guide to Today's Music Biz, Steve Rennie explores the role of record labels in the music business. He starts by talking about the different types of record labels and what they do, from marketing to manufacturing and radio promotion. Then you'll learn about why you need a record label, how to get a record deal, what a music contract will look like, and how the signing process works. As a little bonus, Steve gives you some insights on your commitments and compensation (advances and royalties) once you get signed.
- Understanding how record labels run
- Finding a record label
- Meeting with A&R and business teams at a record label
- How record labels promote your music
- Negotiating a record deal
- How record labels recoup costs