Band Management and Promotions/publishing and record deals

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Question
Kat,

If an artist was to sign on with a publishing company or a record company, would these companies force the artist to record the songs they chose?  Or could the artist demand to record a song, for example, that their friend wrote?
Thank you.

Answer
Hello Leah,

The answer to this depends entirely on the wording of the contract. Always read the contract thoroughly and hire an attorney, or at least a competent manager, to represent your best interests. Some artists have complete independence to choose what ever songs they wish, while others must do as the record company wishes or gain approval to use a song.

Best of luck,
Kat

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Expertise

I can answer questions about booking, fees, contracts, management, promotions, media, copyright, publishing, and any basics about a musician's life. I can't answer legal questions, other than copyright and publishing. Don't fret if you feel like it's a "dumb" question. All bands run across the same issues, big and small, and I'm more than happy to give you my advice. Whether or not you take it is up to you!

Experience

I was the owner of a small management firm where I represented bands in Charlotte, ranging from EBM to jazz. I was a manager and booking agent.

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None.

Publications
None.

Education/Credentials
I have a BS in Recording Industry Business Management, which taught me all of the skills I listed above.

Awards and Honors
None.

Past/Present Clients
Groove 8, Angels on Acid. I also did consultation work for Hot House Hefftones and The Body Bags.

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