Below I'm going to give you the basics on what to do when you finish recording that hot new record. Let's get started!
Well, the most important thing you and the producer/beatmaker need to do before the recording session is over is to fill out a split sheet.
A split sheet (publishing sheet) is a document that states who wrote what percentage of the song(s) recorded by a band or artist and should be created after every song you write before shopping it to third parties to be published commercially. This helps with royalties.
- If you are buying the beat then you need a paper stating this was a work for hire and that you own the beat. Always have receipts for proof.
- Get your record mixed and master professionally by an engineer or if you can do this on your own, congratulations, you just saved yourself some money.
- Submit your new record to BMI or Ascap and you have your split to know who gets what percentage, copyright (optional), and don't forget to submit to SoundExchange as well or whatever company you use to collect royalties.
- Now its time to upload that record to iTunes and all the streaming services you have accounts with. TuneCore, Distrokid, and CD Baby are the common distribution services used. Add your cover art to your single.
- Promote and market your record. Marketing is a big part of making music. If you don't know where to start, there are plenty of companies that specialize in this aspect.
- If you are aiming for radio, make sure to hire a record promoter or mixshow specialist. This requires a budget, there no favors or handouts.
Well, I hope I have helped some artists out there. It's important to know what to do to get the return in the creations that you make otherwise this really would be a hobby. You have to learn how to make money from your passion and the work you put in.