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    How do music producers get paid these days?

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    Sup bros I'm just wondering how do music producers get paid these days? 1.00 for a single itunes takes 30% you the producer and the artist now only get 35p and music producers don't get paid for gigs so I'm just wondering how dudes are getting paid these days in terms of hiphop. Is all the money in merchandising and sponserships?

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    Everything is direct-2-fan now, a music artist can shop his music himself so he really don't need a producer for anything but for beats and studio recording

    Seems silly to take a cut of a music artists merchandise lol


    If your a producer, the money is in either:

    1.) charging artists to record in your studio
    2.) licensing your beats non-exclusively or exclusively
    3.) Producing custom exclusive beats for artists
    4.) Charging to mix/master artists tracks

    There are probably more creative ways to get paid as a producer but those 4 are to get you thinking

    It's 2013 man..you have to innovate
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    Yeah it seems these days that singles and royalties aint the way to make money since theres such a big % of it cut in itunes e.t.c

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    iTunes sales don't generate a lot of money. Producer gets payed for the production and the artist gets payed to perform. Royalties are getting smaller with each day cause of the piracy.

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    So basically the only way to get paid as a producer now is to sell exclusives for 5,000

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    plenty of ways to get paid thru music!

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    I'm still trying to figure out how to get people into buying your beats.

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    I doubt producers these days are making money off of leasing I think that its more off of exclusives advances from big Artists out there.

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    Im not from the states, so im not 100 percent sure on what your rules are etc.

    But yes, You as a beatmaker does indeed get paid for live performances. You also get paid if your song is played on radio.
    You just have to be registered at BMI/ASCAP. Am i wrong?

    If an artist is interested in your beat and has a record label behind him/her then that usually also means that he or she has a budget. If the label sees this potential song as a potential hit and the artist really really wants it on his album, - then youre in a position where you can talk about prices. You're now able to demand a price for the beat.

    But nope, this does'nt happen very often.

    If you take this music thing seriously you should look for a music publisher or manager who can represent you and help you for example place the recorded songs (with the agreement of the artist/record label) in for example movies or commercials. There you also have opportunities for making money.

    But it's a hard business of course.. Just like the "real" job market for all jobs available - there are also here in the music business limited amount of work.


    Am i right or wrong? This is atleast the case in Scandinavia.
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    Scott storch, timbaland, pharrell, how do music producers get paid? WELL LOOK AT THEIR NET WORTH

    Jahill beats, lex luger and young chop are already gettin big checks yo

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