Tami LaTrell
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So I wrote this R&B track, made the beat, got it professionally mixed, and filed a copyright for it. I met a manager for a mainstream artist, I told him about the track then he told me to email him the track to see if it's something that fits his artist. I want know what should I do? Even though i have the copyright I'm afraid that they might like it and use it


Tami LaTrell responded on 08/22/2016
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Well fear wont get you far...so if this is something you really want to do, you have to be willing to accept and pursue the opportunity.

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Thank you very much for your videos. They're very helpful.
I was previously a manager for several artists outside the US and never had to deal with copyrights, split sheets, etc., but now that I moved to the US and just started managing an artist here, I'm trying to understand a couple of items I'm confused about.
1. There is a producer who created a beat for a song that one of his friends wrote. This producer says the song is his because his friend wrote it for him, so, if I want the song (including the beat) for my artist can I just sign a split sheet with the producer and list him as the writer or do I need to get the writer involved? Is it my responsibility? If the writer were to come after us in the future wouldn't it be the producer's responsibility because he's taking credit as the writer in the split sheet?
2. Me being the manager. How do I get my share of the income that will be coming through the different streams (i.e.ASCAP) if my company's name won't be in the split sheets?

Tami LaTrell responded on 08/20/2016
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Hi Tami, Thank you in advance for your response.

If I write a song with three (3) Songwriters including The Producer and say we all agree to a third (.3333)of the copyright ownership. Now the Composition gets a placement on an Artist album. Do we all get 9.1 cents per album individually or do we split 9.1 cents (to make it simpler I didn't mention Publisher but I am aware that each of us are Songwriter and Publisher)?

And that's 1 question, lol. Thanks again.

Tami LaTrell responded on 09/12/2016
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