Term of the Day: Work-for-Hire

If you want to make sure you kill most of your long-term royalties and deals, perform music in work-for-hire agreements.

A lot of people look around for the quick and easy buck… and then take it when the chance arises. Though, people often miss out on relatively gargantuan royalties down the line… all because they didn’t take the appropriate measures to think long-term.

Thankfully, you can avoid any long-term screwups from our hardwired desire for instant gratification if you sign up for a performing rights organization. At least ASCAP anyway. If you register with ASCAP, they’ll protect you somewhat… as long as your register your songs.

To Do List: Check out ASCAP’s Payment system and consider registering for ASCAP or BMI… then register your songs


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