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Questions Before Joining Taxi

Post by wantaps » Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:52 pm

Hello! I am considering joining Taxi but I have a few questions that you guys might be able to answer.

1. I am a singer-songwriter but I need a producer for my tracks to be broadcast-ready. Do you guys just collaborate for a project? And if that's the case, what is the usual arrangement when it comes to ownership of the song?

2. Does the song that you created have to be copyrighted/registered first before submitting?

3. What happens to songs that were not picked? Can you submit them to other searches? Thank you!

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Re: Questions Before Joining Taxi

Post by Paulie » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:06 am

1. Lots of people here you can collaborate with, there is a section of the forums titled "Collaboration Corner" where you can reach out and look for new contacts. There are also some good threads here about collaborating in general, use the search tool for 'collaboration' to see what sys can find. Every collaboration is unique, the details should get worked out before you do anything. Some people have you sign a collaboration agreement, others just work on the honor system and then deal with the splits once a track gets placed with a library. Some go 50:50, others go differently based on the amount of work involved from each person.

2. In my experience I never copyright songs or register them. Practically every library I've worked with takes care of registering them, for some it actually creates more work for them if you register it in advance.

3. Your songs are yours until they get signed, so you can submit them to wherever you like. Just be sure to keep track of where you send them because you don't want to submit something to an exclusive library that signs it, but later no another library wants it and you make the mistake of signing it with them.

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Re: Questions Before Joining Taxi

Post by wantaps » Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:05 am

Thank you so much for answering my q's!
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Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:06 am
1. Lots of people here you can collaborate with, there is a section of the forums titled "Collaboration Corner" where you can reach out and look for new contacts. There are also some good threads here about collaborating in general, use the search tool for 'collaboration' to see what sys can find. Every collaboration is unique, the details should get worked out before you do anything. Some people have you sign a collaboration agreement, others just work on the honor system and then deal with the splits once a track gets placed with a library. Some go 50:50, others go differently based on the amount of work involved from each person.

2. In my experience I never copyright songs or register them. Practically every library I've worked with takes care of registering them, for some it actually creates more work for them if you register it in advance.

3. Your songs are yours until they get signed, so you can submit them to wherever you like. Just be sure to keep track of where you send them because you don't want to submit something to an exclusive library that signs it, but later no another library wants it and you make the mistake of signing it with them.

Good luck!

Paulie

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Re: Questions Before Joining Taxi

Post by bakerstreet » Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:29 am

Hi there, I for one am happy to produce on a co-lab basis but I'd say that normally you would pay a producer/mixer a fixed fee. Depending on who they are they would charge £500-£1500 per track. If this isn't feasible, and let's be honest, most songs never get to pay you, then you should seek out some that are willing to take a punt on their time.

Depending on the complexity of the song, a mix can take 2 hours to 3 days to complete. Some of these are how many tracks, is there any sound design required, are there elements that need to be fixed or worse, re-recorded, is there a rough mix, do you have a clear vision for how it should sound (in other words is it a mix required or more creative input?

Also the producer should enjoy your song, and hear something in it that needs to be highlighted (hopefully the vocal)

All of this means that it could mean the producer does a lot to make it broadcast ready and very usable, or he/she needs to do very little.

I think the answer is as some to listen to the song, agree a percentage credit and when it gets forwarded then the split must be notified.

On that point listings often state "you must own 100% of the copywrite" This is true, but agreeing to split with other collaborators doesn't change your ownership of the song so that is still the case.

I'd be happy to take a listen to one of your tracks but if I'm not feeling it, I'd tell you. That wouldn't be a a problem, it just means I'm the wrong guy for that song.

Collaboration Corner is the best advise given. I hope this helps.
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