Know the Record Labels
and Music Publishers
You Want to Work With
by Christopher Knab - Fourfront
Media & Music - August 2011
Back to Music
you were applying for a job with a certain company of corporation,
wouldn’t you take some time to ask questions about their stability as a
business, their reputation in the industry, and the executive’s
background and experience?
The same is true when shopping for a record or publishing deal.
Some musicians get too excited when a certain label or publisher approaches them with a contract offer.
Being approached for a deal is a compliment and is a recognition that a musician’s music is appealing.
But, to rush ahead without taking the time to learn a few things about those companies is foolish indeed.
Ask some questions:
How well have they done with your genre of music?
What specific types of deals are available?
Who runs the label or publishing company?
What is their reputation in the music business?
What are their ideas for promoting your music?
How do you like them as people?
and other questions can be crucial in making an unemotional decision
about an arrangement that could make or break your career.
Christopher Knab is an independent music business consultant based in Seattle, Washington. He
is available for private consultations on promoting and marketing independent music, and can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Knab's new book, 'Music Is Your Business'
is available NOW from the Music Biz Academy bookstore.
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Music website for more information on the business of music from
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