Secrets of Negotiating a Record Contract: The Musician’s Guide to Understanding and Avoiding Sneaky Lawyer Tricks (Book)

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The ultimate guide to understanding and avoiding, in the author’s words, “sneaky lawyer tricks,” °Secrets of Negotiating a Record Contract° helps artists recognize hidden agendas by exposing the multilayered language of recording agreements crafted by major label lawyers. Clause by clause, the newly updated book deconstructs actual contracts and translates them into “real English,” presenting the original and decoded versions side by side. Focusing on artists’ issues, such as advances, royalties, and distribution, this revealing handbook explains the need for each clause, offers advice on negotiating fine points, and outlines alternatives for developing new contracts. User-friendly and offering entertaining inside stories, °Secrets of Negotiating a Record Contract° clarifies common terms uniquely redefined by the music industry to put power back into the hands of those who make the music. Features:

Explains the entire recording contract line by line in plain English·

Reveals over 100 key loopholes and double-dips that will cost artists money.

Includes a glossary of major label recording-contract jargon

2 thoughts on “Secrets of Negotiating a Record Contract: The Musician’s Guide to Understanding and Avoiding Sneaky Lawyer Tricks (Book)

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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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    Real World Advice from a Real Guy – Highly Recommended, September 20, 2003
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    JM (Los Angeles, CA United States) –

    This review is from: Secrets of Negotiating a Record Contract: The Musician’s Guide to Understanding and Avoiding Sneaky Lawyer Tricks (Book) (Paperback)

    Not only is this book (and it’s prequel, “Confessions of a Record Producer”) the real deal, so is the man who wrote it. I was so impressed by his first book that I contacted him as a consultant on a producer/artist agreement I was negotiating (I am a producer). My goal was to come up with something that was actually fair to both parties and Moses got us to that point quickly. His suggestions were works of innovation that surprised and satisfied everyone.

    I also attended his 2-day seminar which dissects recording contracts. Here he dispelled the many misconceptions I had about record companies and their contracts AND he helped me to understand what is really being said in these contracts (and it’s scary!).

    He is not a lawyer, but one of the most insightful men I’ve met. Lawyers pay HIM for his advice. He REALLY understands contracts and explain things in a manner no one else seems to be able to do – it must be a sixth sense.. Highly recommended reading. Both his books should be permanent reference books for anyone in the music business. Besides, they’re fun reads, unlike most other “how-to” music-biz books.

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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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    Absolutely perfect., May 25, 2002
    By 
    Michael M. (Thornhill, Ontario Canada) –

    This review is from: Secrets of Negotiating a Record Contract: The Musician’s Guide to Understanding and Avoiding Sneaky Lawyer Tricks (Book) (Paperback)

    Avalon fills the books with plain text translations of virtually every major clause in a standard record deal and makes it very easy to understand. He puts in plenty of narration and real world examples to let you see how each of these clauses can come into play and where loopholes lie so you won’t just have to take your lawyer’s word for really anything. Great book. Will save you tonnes of cash in legal fees and might end up saving your career. My only complaint is that he uses false names for all the stars he talks about in his examples to protect himself from being sued. But a lot of them are really famous so if you think about it you can figure a few out (I found the Michael Jackson one quite an eye opener). Definitely recommend it.

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