Individual Song Agreement
As you can probably deduce from the name, a single song contract is a contract between a songwriter and a music publishing house. The publishing rights are given to the publisher in the hope that this song will be recorded. The Single Song Contract is probably the most fundamental publishing contract a songwriter can enter into. If a songwriter has written a song and a publisher thinks it can be placed on an artist`s album or perhaps in a film or television program, both parties can sign a single song agreement. After some success, you may have the opportunity to become a collaborator at the music publishing house. This means that all songs you write over a period of time will automatically be part of the publisher`s catalog. You have to write a number of songs, in a certain degree of acceptance, to get an employee writing position from a publisher. If you are not a productive writer and suffer from the block songwriter very often, this would not be a good choice for you. Just note that you give each of your songs to the publisher that was created during that time. You may need to work with other co-authors or just work with them. The world of music begins with a creative effort – the song. What happens next with this song is the music business.
Often, the first contact a songwriter has with this business side of music is by dealing with a music publishing house. This relationship may be one of the most important that a songwriter will ever have, since the role of the music publisher is to exploit the song (bring the artists to record it; bring the song into movies, TV series, video games, commercials, ringtones and rings, dolls and toys, musical greeting cards, etc.); negotiate contracts with all those who want to use the song (film and television producers, advertising agencies, video game companies, etc.); to protect the song (copyright of the song, prosecute violators, record the song at ASCAP, the Harry Fox agency, collection companies from foreign countries, etc.); and collect all the proceeds from the song from all sources (except the author`s share of the performance money) and pay the songwriter his share according to the song/music publishing contract. The key to a good treaty is clarity. Ambiguity and inconsistency are the two main ingredients of process soup. Formal agreements are essential. Under copyright, the publisher does not have exclusive rights without written consent from the author. In the event of a dispute, a well-written contract will foreshadow such litigation and save you thousands of dollars in legal fees. Remember that you are negotiating a very long-term relationship. If the book succeeds, the publisher and author (or heir to authors) could be linked together for the life of copyright. For works published after 1977, the copyright is seventy years for the life of the author.  In the late 1970s, I signed a 1-year hold deal with Spinners on my song YOU (THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING IN MY LIFE), but they released it after the year was above. It`s so close.
Yes, I used an entertainment lawyer. Good idea, but the contract was legitimate and ok. I was thrilled! I was so excited that I almost signed the single-song contract without a lawyer leaving. After all, it was a REAL publishing house. In fact, he was a great Christian publisher. You wouldn`t give me a bad contract. Would they? The synchronization license is used by a film, video or television producer to enter into a contract with a songwriter or songwriter`s publisher to use a song in a film, video, music video, television program or television commercial, the song being synchronized with the action on the screen.