Let’s imagine that this little courtship turns out to be real, you are talking about getting married and now you are asked to come to dinner with the ‘family’ to bless everything. Make sure you meet with some of the other folks who work at the label and get a vibe for who they are and what they do.
- Okay, so you've figured out what it is labels are…looking for, you understand how the process works.…You've identified your targets.…You've wooed them successfully, and now…you're getting invited to go and meet with the label.…What should you expect when you meet with that label?…Let's imagine that this little courtship we've started…turns out to be real, and now you're talking about…getting married with that label, and you've been asked to…come to dinner with the family to bless everything.…You'll know it's serious when the president of that company,…Pops, is at the meeting.…
Remember, he or she is a bit of a rockstar, too,…so be respectful, but don't be afraid to ask questions…about the things that are important to you.…Ask that president to tell you how things work at…the company, they'll be happy to do that.…When all is said and done, most of the work at the label…will be done by others, but I can tell you from…personal experience, having a relationship at the top is…crucial, so make sure you make a great impression.…
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