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  • in reply to: Tax forms #14275
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    Woooo hold on there.

    ALL THE BELOW IS JUST MY LAYMAN’S EXPERIENCE

    Tucker, you are UK based and apparently there is a treaty with the US to avoid the US’s “withholding tax” (not sure it is 30% for UK, might be 20%). You need to get an ITIN from the IRS, which you can do by filling in a form, and sending that with a notarized copy of your passport to the IRS. The easiest way to do this is at the IRS office in the US embassy in London – they will help you a lot and also notarize your passport for free. Not many people know this. I got my ITIN exactly this way.

    I think you can also set up a corp and get an EIN. Up to you. Either way, you absolutely do not have to pay that tax, assuming it’s withholding tax. That’s what I was told.

    in reply to: The 3rd fastest growing job in the USA is… #13856
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    I do belive the composers making 150k with 100 tracks are playing in a different league than I am.

    Might be so, but remember with the internet you’ve got nothing to lose sending your material to the ‘big’ libraries. You might be surprised, or perhaps it’s as simple as you fill a certain niche they’re desperate for at that time.

    All the best.

    in reply to: The 3rd fastest growing job in the USA is… #13853
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    Yes Edouardo, I reckon that does impact it.

    Without getting into a non-ex or ex argument, from my experience and those of others I know: library composers make more money from exclusive libraries and they can make more with fewer tracks. Of course, it depends which library.

    in reply to: The 3rd fastest growing job in the USA is… #13850
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    It depends hugely on:

    Who represents your tracks
    How good your tracks are
    The genres you write in
    Luck

    There are people out there with 100 tracks, making $150k a year. There are people with 1000 tracks, making the same amount.

    So YMMV… big time

    in reply to: Symphobia Colours: Animator #13844
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    Wow… really that looks phenomenal. Very different as well to the usual sample libraries.

    I’m checking out their whole range now!

    in reply to: Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals Post Them Here #13698
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    The Native Instruments deal is absolutely insane. 50% off Komplete Ultimate. If you have just one NI product already, the overall price to crossgrade is seriously amazing.

    I’m being quoted 375 Euros to get Komplete Ultimate today and I only have Reaktor which I bought ages ago.

    in reply to: Happy Thanksgiving #13687
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    Art, do you have a soy turkey?!

    in reply to: What does this mean? #13580
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    So, JP took the time to inform its composers of this no doubt.

    Man I’m glad I don’t have any tracks with them.

    And this is after they were exposed for having the founders tracks at the top of every search or something right?!

    in reply to: Lowest Sync fee for a National TV Ad you've seen… #13547
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    I don’t know if there are other details I’m missing but if it’s as clear cut as the following: They have paid your cowriter but not you, and it’s been 6 weeks since the payment date, and they will not reply to your repeated emails and calls – then that is completely unacceptable and I believe it is time that you a) name the library by posting in the members’ section on the relevant library listing and b) seek legal advice as you have done already.

    I for one would be grateful to know which library this is so that I can avoid them. And by posting on the library listing you keep within the forum’s rules.

    in reply to: Lowest Sync fee for a National TV Ad you've seen… #13545
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    So they haven’t actually paid you for this placement, but they have paid your cowriter? Is that correct?

    in reply to: Lowest Sync fee for a National TV Ad you've seen… #13508
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    How long has it been since you first contacted them and they haven’t replied?

    in reply to: Lowest Sync fee for a National TV Ad you've seen… #13489
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    Sounds like a very good track. Nice one.

    Man, advertising kills me a little more each day. Maybe I’m just old and cynical.

    in reply to: Juggling libraries……. #13421
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    If starting out, this is my advice:

    Hold back what you consider your absolute best tracks, say 10 or so.

    Place 10-20 good tracks with each of the 3 libraries.

    Wait 1-2 years, while obviously producing more.

    Then place all the new tracks and your best ones from before with the library that performs the best over those 2 years. (Of course, taking genre requirements from the library into account.)

    in reply to: Must Watch Film – Share it #13310
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    “It’s harder than it’s ever been to make a living as a creative person”

    I flat out disagree with that statement. How about 500 years ago? Or just 150 years ago? Or even, just 50 years ago?

    50 years ago I would not have been able to record and produce what I have done today. I simply would not have been able to afford a studio.

    I would not have been able to distribute my music via websites to audiences in every country of the world, for free.

    I do not think I would have been able to make a living as an artist at any time in the past, as easily as I can now.

    in reply to: Slaves of the Internet, Unite! – NYTimes.com #13256
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    Nice one. I will never forget a particular email I got some time ago.

    It went something like this:


    Hello
    I need music composed for my play by next weekend. I need the following styles: x, y, z in each of these parts of the play. And I need about 20 minutes of music. And I won’t pay you. And you might get someone to hear it. Please hurry up and send it to me.

    I had never spoken to this person before and I was so fed up that I couldn’t help replying that like other human beings I also have to EAT and earn money, and they could basically get lost.

    Another time I spent weeks writing for a student film “for exposure” and all I got was a credit. And guess what, they spelled my name wrong in the only credit.

    I remember it was that experience about 9 years ago that made me decide to only write for money, and to only write for money up front if it was anything other than a reputable library.

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