Among other things, I compose, write lyrics, and produce and record all orchestration for classy pop/opera/ songs. All I need is great vocals, for which I recently started collaborating with a few very talented singers.

 

Will anyone help to give me an idea, if the songs become commercially successful,  what would be a fair or typical % share for the singer vs that of the composer/lyricist/producer for performance royalties, sales (digital downloads, cds, etc)?

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  • When I use a singer on a commercial / promo, I pay them $250 - $1,000 and that's it. If you are looking at a small commercial success, you should probably just do the same. For a very successful commercial recording (really any recording) the PRO income goes only to the publisher, which should be you, and the composer and lyricist. The "mechanical" (the dollar or so that you get for a download) can be split however you want. The 'iTunes' will get a big chunk, and I say that if you are the driving force behind the popularity of the music, then you should get a big chunk. If your singer is the reason the music is being bought, then maybe he should get a nice chunk.
  • Thanks Chris for the info. I actualy have one song that will be sung by a relatively new unknown singer. she might accept singing for the credit and a small share of the sales. But another song I am in discussion with a well known and established singer, and I am sure she will ask for a big share.

    Now one more question and here it become complicated: in the case of sales on itunes or CdBaby, would you have a joint user name/account that will be used to launch the album, and somhow split the sales?
    Does anyone know, if iTunes allow multiple ownership of mp3 downloads and allows accounting for each share separatly? If not, how can proper accounting of sales revenue be split without unilaterlat abuse from one side? anybody has experience with selling on iTunes a joint collaboration song?

    Chris Merritt said:
    When I use a singer on a commercial / promo, I pay them $250 - $1,000 and that's it. If you are looking at a small commercial success, you should probably just do the same. For a very successful commercial recording (really any recording) the PRO income goes only to the publisher, which should be you, and the composer and lyricist. The "mechanical" (the dollar or so that you get for a download) can be split however you want. The 'iTunes' will get a big chunk, and I say that if you are the driving force behind the popularity of the music, then you should get a big chunk. If your singer is the reason the music is being bought, then maybe he should get a nice chunk.
    What's a fair split share for Singer vs. Composer/producer in terms of Royalties/sales?
    Among other things, I compose, write lyrics, and produce and record all orchestration for classy pop/opera/ songs. All I need is great vocals, for wh…
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