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Longer vs. shorter record deals

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by pklima, Nov 28, 2006.


  1. pklima

    pklima Commercial User

    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Karoryfer Samples
    Common sense suggests to me that longer multi-album deals are better for the label and worse for the band because the band won't be seeking greener pastures on another label (or asking for a contract extension with better terms) for a while. But is there any benefit for the band that I'm missing, other than that the label might be willing to push it harder if they know their investment is protected for a while?

    At the small indie level - a few thousand copies pressed, no big budget for advertising - it seems like the label pushing harder isn't much of a benefit anyway. So should smaller bands always try to get a one-album deal if possible, if not then as short as possible?
     
  2. badstonebass

    badstonebass

    Jun 7, 2006
    ohio
    Good multi album deals are a thing of the past. The only way a label gives a multi these days is if they expect a band to definately take off.....or you are already established.

    If you are NEW, one album deals are best. You can get out if the deal turns sour, you can ask for more money if you break.

    A multi deal sucks because if you break you are stuck with a crappier deal, you can't leave, and if you don't break(God Forbid) the label isn't going to do much for you on subsequent releases......if they release them at all.
     
  3. pklima

    pklima Commercial User

    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Karoryfer Samples
    That's pretty much what I thought. Fortunately in the metal world it's very easy to get one-album deals until you get to about the 5000 CDs pressed levels... then labels will usually try to talk you into three-album deals.
     
  4. ric1312

    ric1312 Banned

    Apr 16, 2006
    chicago, IL.
    Keep in mind it's also common practice to sign bands as a tax write off, with not real intention of pushing/backing the band with hard promotion.

    So, unless it actually does something for your band that your band needs, signing isn't always in your bands best interests.
     

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