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A contract with a music director

Dear colleagues,

I am writing to inquire if any of you have an example of a typical contract between an artist and a program/music director concerning broadcasting a track on a certain radio station. I would be very grateful if you could share one with me - my client has kindly asked me to help him with that, but since I am not that good at law and it is the first time I ever have to compose an agreement, I would appreciate getting any knowledge and advice on this subject.

Thank you in advance,

April

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It's not a contract issue, it's a license. The writer needs to clear their work with his/her performing rights organization and that's about all that they can do. There will be minimal money involved, so it's virtually irrelevant anyway, but that would be the correct process to follow.

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You really need to contact an entertainment lawyer... but is this even worth your time?

If you're talking about one radio station playing one track a few times, we're talking an economic value of a fraction of $0.000001.

Here in Canada (and I assume the US as well as the UK) radio stations pay a licensing fee to play copyright music, as do television stations, and -- in theory -- restaurants and bars. This fee goes to performance royalty organizations like ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. Radio stations submit their playlists and this is how the royalty organizations determine how much to pay publishers who, in turn, pay the songwriters.

I don't think there even is such a thing as a contract between an artist and a program director. In fact, there aren't many program directors anymore either - most radio stations are owned by large corporations and most of the programming is done in a head office. It's usually just small, independant radio stations have program directors these days.

Sorry, that wasn't much help

Neal

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my client has kindly asked me to help him with that, but since I am not that good at law and it is the first time I ever have to compose an agreement, I would appreciate getting any knowledge and advice on this subject.

Sorry but what are you contracted to do for your client? If it's your job to compose licensing/usage agreements, you should know that one isn't needed in this circumstance. If it's not your job...why are you doing it? I don't ask my mechanic for legal advice and I don't ask my lawyer to change my oil.

Have them register their song with a PRO (as in performing rights organization, not a professional) I believe they take care of the rest.

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