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The Musician's Guide to
Record Labels & Record Deals

Everything you need to know to survive the music industry.
Write your awesome label here.
What you are going to learn

This class is all about how bands (and any musical collaborators) work together.

We will start with traditional record label deals, and progress forward to talking about more modern deals. We will talk a lot about the "need" for a record deal in the modern age, and how you can get by without one at all. I'll walk you through every issue in the contract so you fully understand what is being asked.

This series is pulled directly from the courses I've created for my university position in Music Business. All of these courses are designed for the everyday musician - amateur or professional - who has little or no knowledge on the topic, but wants to master it.
Here is a list of some of the questions we will answer:
  • Working with Producers
  • Owning the "Master"
  • Distribution
  • Loan-Out Companies
  • Roles of a Record Company
  • Work For Hire
  • Scope of the Record Deal
  • Term of the Record Deal
  • Additional Song Options
  • Other Options
  • Release Commitment
  • Advances
  • Recoupment
  • Payback
  • Royalties
  • Royalty Rate
  • Royalty Basis
  • Royalty Deductions
  • Merchandise
  • Videos
  • 360 Deals
  • Producer Contracts
  • And much, much more!

Dr. J. Anthony Allen

Music PhD, Producer, Composer, Instructor, Professor, Author, & Ableton Certified Trainer. 
Dr. Allen is a professional musician, top-rated online instructor, and university professor. In 2017 the Star Tribune featured him as a "Mover and a Shaker," and he is recognized by the Grammy Foundation for his music education classes. He currently teaches at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN, Slam Academy, and Punkademic Courses.

Course reviews

I love that this is thorough but not overwhelming. The structure is great, the information and the walkthroughs are great and concepts that were hazy to me before make sense in this structure. Thanks for the class!
- Delaney Taylor
So grateful for this class! I feel ready to keep moving forward with my record, and I will get the most I can!
- Casey Reiniche