Becoming your own Boss in the Biz

There has been a lot of talk lately about Dame Dash and his recent interview on Power 105 about becoming your own boss. Rather, you agreed or disagreed on what the message was it up to you, but did you get the message. With proper knowledge and understanding of these key words “MUSIC MASTERS” AND “MUSIC PUBLISHING”.

The first one we are going to get into is Music Masters the owner of the Master Rights owns the actual recording of the song’s sound. These rights usually belong to the party that financed the recording. Often this is the record label if they don’t lie with the artist. It allows permission for the licensee to use the recording for a particular project. In layman’s terms, if you recorded it in your own studio or paid for the studio time you own the Masters.

The next is Music Publishing the owner of a song’s Publishing Rights owns the rights to the composition; usually this is the author* of a piece of music. The author is also the copyright owner unless there is a written agreement by which the author assigns the copyright to another person or entity, such as a publisher. Then also the publisher must give its consent to offer the music on right clearing. So in layman’s terms, if you wrote it and copy written your songs, then you own the publishing rights, also check out different performance-rights organization like ASCAP AND BMI hat protects its members’ musical copyrights by monitoring public performances of their music, whether via a broadcast or live performance, and compensating them accordingly these companies.

So the moral of this story is to stay independent and understand these two words. If your music is that hot why give it up to someone else Be Your Own Boss!!

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