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Songwriting Contracts

Songwriting Contracts

Having agreements and contracts in place is important, but often overwhelming, especially if all you want to do it write songs.

But – you need to protect your work.

Below are some compiled links to agreement templates, sample contracts, the U.S. copyright office, the Songwriters Guild and more to make sure you’ve got a single location to check for legal mumbo jumbo things.

As always – never sign anything without reading it, and the below isn’t legal advice – it’s a resource. Consult an attorney as needed.

 

Overview of Songwriting Contracts

#1  Overview of Songwriting Contracts From NSAI

Powerpoint covering types of songwriter agreements, contracts, rights and royalties, arbitration, PROs and more.

 

#2  ASCAP Overview of Songwriter Contract Types

 

Sample Songwriter Contracts

Keep in mind, these are for education purposes only. Always consult an attorney when creating or signing an agreement.

 

#1  Collaboration Agreement with split percentages [download available]

 

#2  Exclusive Songwriter Agreement

 

#3  Co-Publishing Agreement

 

#4  Publishing Administration Agreement

 

#5  Mechanical License

 

#6  Become Familiar With Other Types

 

Copyright

#1  eCopyright – Register your songs to protect them

 

#2  Tips To Saving On Copyright Registration

 

#3  Circular 50: Copyright Registration For Musical Compositions (Copyright.gov)

 

#4  Copyright and PRO Registration

 





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