November 18, 2023 at 2:52 am #43868
Hello folks, hope all are well.
Can I ask your view on a current situation I have please?
I have a guy with a fairly successful YouTube platform who I am in a discussion with about creating simple orchestral cover song instrumentals that will then have vocals added after I hand them over.
Likely just quartet backing track arrangements of commercial songs designed to have lead vocals, using software rather than real recordings.
We agreed on a fee of $350 on work-for-hire basis, however I requested a clause that would give me a small percentage of any revenue should the cover version become successful, or in the unlikely event viral.
I suggested a clause that would have very high metrics before the split would become active.
The answer I got back was a hard ‘no’ – citing that they do not ask to split any losses made, so, therefore, no profits either.
I find this pretty unreasonable, and I’m not going to proceed.
I would suggest a higher upfront fee, but I sense that this is not negotiable either.
MMNovember 19, 2023 at 4:02 pm #43896Mark_PetrieParticipant
You could always agree to some kind of recouping where you split some of the expenses? Maybe that would soften them up. Otherwise, just ask for a really good fee, a kind of ‘FO’ fee, something you would feel comfortable working at but otherwise happy to walk away from.November 21, 2023 at 12:40 am #43904
Thank you Mark, good idea – however it boils down to 2 options. Take the fee and never see a future split, or walk away.
I was wondering if my asking for a clause that means a split of income ‘IF’ the song version were to become successful was unreasonable???
The metrics can be high, and the percentage low, I just wanted to cover myself however unlikely.
I have worked on a few remixes that went on to be hugely popular, and never saw an additional penny past the original remix fee. Similar situation to cover off here.November 22, 2023 at 8:39 am #43917AlanParticipant
If it is for YouTube, and registered with Identifyy, and does go viral, you’ll get paid. I have a track in a viral Youtube video that earns low 4 figures monthly.November 28, 2023 at 2:50 am #43963
Thank you Alan, would that be true for a cover song?
Which was the case with this situation before I bailed.December 1, 2023 at 2:57 pm #44015sweetersongsParticipant
Hi MM ,
Writer/publisher royalties of any kind for cover songs only go to the original writers and publishers. That includes for youtube. 🙂