(1) There never are "guaranteed placements". If you know a library I can sign with that guarantees placements, please let me know as I'd love to work with them.DesireInspires wrote: ↑Sun Aug 23, 2020 12:16 pmI wouldn’t go to those extremes.Casey H wrote: ↑Thu Aug 20, 2020 6:06 pmYes, it depends on whether you are willing to screw your fellow composers out of their future livings (and yourself in the process) in order to make a few pennies in the short term.
NEVER sign such a deal. I rarely answer in such absolutes but here I will.
If there are guaranteed placements on the right shows, the royalties will add up. Many people who work as staff writers for music publishers end up writing songs and giving a good portion of the writers share away. It’s a common practice.
(2) Staff writing for hit songs is a whole different animal than production music for Film/TV. Staff writers DO generally get their full writers share based on whatever percentage of the writing they did. Sole writer: 100%, 2 way co-write 50%, etc. They give away the PUBLISHER'S share to the company just as we do with libraries. And they get advances against future royalties. There is a world of difference between someone getting a co-write who actually contributed to the writing (even if minimal) than just out of financial need/greed. The only reason this library wants writers share is because the TV Production companies got greedy and demanded 1/2 the publishers share which they should never be entitled to. Sadly, that cat's out of the bag and may be hard to reel back in. It IS NOT *common practice* in the music library world to give away writer's share. However, if writers have the attitude you are expressing and start signing these deals, it *will* be more the norm and we all will be screwed. It might happen anyway as there is always someone hungry enough to sign a bad deal.
(3) Yes, I would go to those extremes (unless I was shown some INCREDIBLY compelling reason to sign which I doubt).