Miami Entertainment Lawyers Tips for Researching Music Labels

Our NYC and Miami Entertainment Law Firm advises and represents clients in all legal matters related to music, sports, television/film, visual and literary works, modeling, online matters, and intellectual property.

Launching a new music career is both challenging and exciting, especially if your talent catches the eye of a record label. One of the most common music label contracts is called the “360 Deal”. This document states that the artist agrees that as compensation for the financing and promotional influence of the record label, the label is able to share in all the revenue streams the artist develops. This includes: record sales, ringtone sales, live performance, product endorsements, merchandise, composer revenue and movie revenues.

Before signing the 360 Deal, research the record label to determine if they will be able to provide you with the necessary tools and resources to be successful in your music career. One aspect to consider researching is whether the record label has money to invest in you.

How to Know if the Label can Invest in You

When you sign a 360 Deal, you offer a percentage of your income from all of your revenue streams. This is in good faith that the record label will take your career to the next level. In order to determine whether your record label can do that is if they can fund the following:

  • Pay for “radio-ready” demo recordings
  • Pay a web designer to create a good website for you with SEO support
  • Set you up for digital sales on iTunes
  • Get choreographic and “acting” assistance for live appearances
  • Promote your live appearances
  • Generate and purchase advertising for each record release
  • Pay for and produce first-rate music videos

If your record label can invest in these aspects, then they can invest in you and the success of your music career.

Why is this Important?

Finding the right music company can be incredibly challenging. Funding and resources can drastically differ between labels, so conducting your own research is vital to signing with a company that will boost, not hinder, your music career.  An entertainment lawyer in Miami can assist you in analyzing potential contracts and help you acquire the best possible deal for your music career. Chase Lawyers is a boutique entertainment law firm that advises and represents clients in legal matters related to music, sports, television/film, visual and literary works, modeling, online matters and intellectual property. If you are planning a music career and have questions about record label companies, contact our Miami entertainment lawyers today to ensure your path to stardom is a smooth one!

Barry Chase

Barry Chase, Esq., Senior Partner at ChaseLawyers®, is a distinguished figure in the realm of sports and entertainment law, offering Harvard-level representation that is both cost-sensitive and exceptional. An honors graduate of Yale College (Phi Beta Kappa) and Harvard Law School, Chase's illustrious career commenced at a prominent Washington, D.C. law firm, now known as Wilmer Hale. Here, he honed his expertise in Communications and First Amendment law, representing media titans such as CBS, the Times-Mirror Company, and Time, Inc. in pivotal Federal Communications Commission (FCC) matters.

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