Tagged: Contract after release
- October 7, 2016 at 7:42 am #26017
I finished an album for a library
And the said me that they sign the contracts AFTER the album is released…cause they had bad experiences signing the before the release cause sometimes titles where wrong
So they had to make them again
Sound very weird to me
Cause I have never sign a contract after the release
Actually they are taking more risk than me
Cause if anything bad happens and I dont sign the contract
They would be selling unauthorize material!
Anybody with a good or bad experience with this kind of policy?
ThanksOctober 7, 2016 at 8:03 am #26019
bumpOctober 7, 2016 at 8:16 am #26020
Ehat do you mean by saying
BestOctober 7, 2016 at 8:27 am #26021
What do you mean by saying
Pushes topic to the top. Better chance of response.October 7, 2016 at 8:47 am #26022
Its digital release, not a physical one I assume. The question is how long after delivery are they going to release it ?October 7, 2016 at 8:56 am #26023
I have all ready gave them the master tracks
And they say me that just few days after the release they send the contract
They have al ready send me a draft of the contract that says that also phisical copies could be released
I told them about some changes of the draft that i would need (the price of the upfront fee)
But thats is all the information i have
Looks wierd to sign a contract a few days after the release
The contracts are made to be aware and safe of future issues
Art, i dont know how to push the topic to the top!October 7, 2016 at 9:53 am #26024
I would have thought it is more normal to have contracts signed before release, but if its only a few days difference IDK. I am not a lawyer, however if MichaelL wants to comment on this one.October 7, 2016 at 11:44 am #26025
Yes, for sure the common way is to sign before the release!
For 10 years…i had make it this way and never had a problem
They releaseOctober 7, 2016 at 4:36 pm #26026
Normally, you would not begin work in the absence of a contract.
Have you already been paid?
At the moment, you are worrying about something that may, or may not, be a problem.October 7, 2016 at 6:33 pm #26027
I start working with out signing anything…
Just emails where the agreement was writed..
I finished the work
I send the master tracks
And I havnt being paid yet
(Not cause they are late, just cause I finished yesterday)
So, I think if the policy of the company
Is to sign the contract after release the album (cause they say that manu times the titles of the tracks or albums are wrong…)
I should be paid before the release
And in that case, there would be not a huge problem for me to do it that way
What do you think about offering that?
Sign the contract after the release BUT be paid before the release…
Thanks Michael!October 8, 2016 at 5:44 am #26029
You should have been paid on delivery of the music or on final approval of the music.
The concern that I have is that without a contract there’s still an opportunity for them to reject your tracks (rather than ask for modifications) and to not pay you, to drag out paying you because you’ve already delivered, or to somehow change the terms in the final agreement.
I have signed contracts after delivery when the titles were finalized, BUT I was paid in advance. Under that circumstance, I was under obligation to deliver. Here, it’s reversed. You’ve delivered and the library should be under obligation to pay you. Without a contract, however, it’s just a matter of trust.
If they’ve been around a long time and have a solid reputation this could just be an idiosyncrasy in their procedure.
Good luck.October 10, 2016 at 11:43 am #26037
They have just told me that they are gonna pay me in 10 days
They have respond me every email and they are in this web page
I trust in them
I guess they do some things under their own policys
Thanks for everything
I will inform in this post how is the end of the story
BestJanuary 13, 2017 at 4:22 pm #26578
Jose, I suggest that in the future:
1. Get a signed deal memo that spells out the bare bones of what you will provide, how much you will be paid, and timetables.
2. Make sure the contract spells put your payment schedule; my suggestion is 50% upon signing the contract (which should be done before one note of music is composed, and 50% upon delivery. If writing a work-for-hire film score it is usually 50% up front, 25% upon delivery of tracks, and 25% upon delivery of all info necessary for the music supervisor to complete the cue sheets.
3. DO NOT DELIVER the music without finalized, signed, fully executed contracts AND final monies in hand.
I’ve been doing this too long to proceed with anything without written contract and down payment in hand.
All the best,
GaelJanuary 13, 2017 at 4:24 pm #26579
Sorry for the squirrely autocorrects. I couldn’t get back into the post to edit them. ?January 13, 2017 at 4:54 pm #26580
Fixed it for you Gael. Editing is good for 60 minutes but you have to be logged in.
Thanks for responding!