Page 1 of 1

Need Recording Advice

PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 5:45 pm
by La.Blue
I'm interested in the idea of doing a recording. I would like to sell it in a CD format at gigs and online and also as downloads. The first question that I would like the groups advice on is the legalities involved in recording arrangements of other peoples songs. I'm a little bit of a writer, but much more of an arranger and interpreter.

What do I need to know about royalties, etc...? Has a good book been published or is there a good website that covers this sort of thing?

Re: Need Recording Advice

PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 5:56 pm
by ricochet
There are lots of websites if you Google for "mechanical royalties" and "performance royalties," which are different animals.

Re: Need Recording Advice

PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:49 pm
by allanlummox
There's a few ways to go - I've used the BMI website to look up and pay for song licenses. http://www.bmi.com/licensing/.

The site has changed every time I've used it, but it should be pretty easy to navigate.

There's a TON of info in "This Business Of Music", an annually updated guidebook to this sort of thing. The laws change pretty regularly, to make sure the right people - us artists - stay at least a LITTLE confused.

I think Grady has had some luck dealing directly with the holders of the Copyrights of songs he's recorded - more work, but possibly less of an outlay.

As for selling online - CD Baby has been GREAT to deal with and handles warehousing and mailing physical CD's, and MP3 downloads.
http://www.bmi.com/licensing/

Re: Need Recording Advice

PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 1:32 am
by La.Blue
I was vaguely aware that there were two different types of royalties Ric, but am not too clear on them. I'll have to do the research as you suggest.

I didn't know about "This business of Music" Dan. It looks like it might be a good place for me to start.

Thanks for the tips guys.

Re: Need Recording Advice

PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:52 am
by Buffalo_Bill
You can find a list of songs old enough to be in the Public Domain, and no longer restricted.
Bill

Re: Need Recording Advice

PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:36 pm
by La.Blue
Yeah, Bill. I'd also thought of that. It'll just boil down to what I decide to record. With any luck some of them will be in the public domain :).