Mr. Bangladesh discusses the ways producers get paid. If you want to learn more about the business side of the music industry, you need to watch this video. For those of you who don't know about him, Mr. Bangladesh has produced for 8-Ball & MJG, Ciara, Petey Pablo, Beyonce, Missy Elliot, Dem Franchize Boys, Lil Wayne, Lloyd, M.I.A., Lupe Fiasco, Ludacris, Gucci Mane, Kap-G, and many more.
Here are a few terms you should understand before watching the video:
Mr. Bangladesh opens up by saying producers should negotiate a "rate" based on what you feel your beats are worth. In today's times, producers are really "giving away beats". They're not selling them. There are so many people making beats that artists receive thousands of beats when they ask for them. Artists typically work with producers that are signed to them or in pocket with them. Those producers get placement opportunities before anyone else does. Mr. Bangladesh says the only way to compete with that is to give your beats away for free. You don't want to be discussing money when you're not really in the race anyway.
After you get a placement, you get publishing and royalties. Royalties are when the album is being sold. What you charge for your beat will determine how quickly you get your royalties. Artists and labels have to recoup before you can start earning money. If you charge $20,000 per beat, you won't get paid any money until the artists recoups that amount. The producer fee is simply an advance on your royalties.
You can play this scenario in three ways: You can charge the artist an advance, give them the beat for free, or pursue the publishing money. If an artist is going to sell a lot of albums or singles, you may not want to charge them anything up front. That artist is going to recoup quickly so you are going to see your royalties quickly. If you know an artist isn't going to sell a lot of units, you may want to charge them more up front because you won't see any money on the back end.
Pursuing publishing is a third option for getting paid for beats. You can sign with a performance rights organization like ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC. Publishing companies will collect money on your behalf whenever your music is being used. It doesn't matter where or how your tracks are being played. They collect the money appropriately. Publishing deals are tricky because it's easy to get fooled by the "money" presented. Publishing companies are supposed to get you to sign with them.
Always do your research and consider all options before signing your life away. You may be able to create your own publishing company down the road. Know what you're doing before you do it.
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I would love for JuicyDrumKits to host an official Bangladesh drumkit. If you want to see this happen, hit Bangladesh up on Twitter and let him know!
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