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Recording Studio rates- the card rate is the rate that is on the business card, the advertised rate. The professional rate is the actual rate that they would charge a professional, this is normally half of the card rate. The third one is the favor rate which is the studio owner doing someone a favor. The favor rate is normally 50%-75% below the card rate. Negotiation usually saves a person a lot of money.

Producer Deal-
artist/producer- the artist has a deal with the producer as opposed to a record label. This producer would own the master and then try to sell it. This is a mini type recording deal. Producer gets 85% of sales and 50% of publishing. If the master is sold the producer usually will get $25,000 per songs. This is about the same as if the record company signed the band originally. In these sales the contract is usually with the producer, not with the artist.

Master Licensing Deal-
Same as the mini deal
- record company does not own master instead has a license to distribute.

Joint Venture- artist and producer puts up money upfront. This amount is usually split, this puts the two on the same level. Budget is usually $5,000-40,000. Capstone and MMC record compositions and orchestral music, usually done in eastern Europe, this is done in academic music fields. No distribution.

Work for Hire-
producer gets $2-3,000 per song. Artist owns everything. Producer might get 3-5% of sales.

Get Rid of the Producer
-end zone-
-The artist might give the producer go away money. The producer usually owns the master and this could prevent record deals, so sometimes the artist pays money to get rid of the producer.
Vanity Labels-
The project studio, the studio in someone’s basement. $5,000-$15,000. Most common deal for a new producer or artist. Artist and the producer is usually the same person. There is usually a producers fee and ask for money up front if the producer is not the artist. The producers fee is usually what they can save from the recording budget.