Here’s What Every Producer Needs To Know To Get Paid!

Earlier this month, Pittsburg producer E. Dan made claims on Twitter that Atlantic Records paid him only half of his normal rate for his work on Wiz Khalifa’s 2016 album, ‘Khalifa,’ because it was classified as a mixtape. His revelation sparked conversations with other producers who aired their frustrations concerning royalties and payments from labels. This includes producer TM88 who tweeted that he was never paid for Lil Uzi Vert’s hit single, “XO TOUR Llif3.”

According to an entertainment lawyer we interviewed, a major form of income for producers often comes from royalty advances, however, that’s not always plausible because mixtapes don’t usually have the same budgets as albums. Navigating producer deals and rates can seem overwhelmingly complex, but there are guidelines to follow. Check out the video above to learn how producers can protect their paychecks.

Uploaded on January 18th, 2018
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