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ANOTHER LESSON FROM UNCLE ICE! aka THE ICEMAN!


HOW MUCH DOES IT COSTS TO BE A RAPPER?
(Oh you thought it was free hunh?!)
gonna try to be as close as i can with the numbers and give explanations where possible.

IF YOU WANT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY IN THIS INDUSTRY AND ACTUALLY MAKE REAL MONEY, THESE ARE THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO TO GET ESTABLISHED

1) Trademark Stage Name so no one else can use your name without permission. to file a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office is $285.

2) Get A Logo - you want something thats gonna identify you as a brand - $100-$1000 for a PROFESSIONALLY done logo.

3) Trademark/Copyright logo - a copyright from the US Patent office is $35 - its another $285 to trademark it.
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4) Join a performing rights organization - if you want to LEGALLY get paid for your music (= royalties) you HAVE to join one. the 2 biggest ones are ASCAP and BMI. join BMI for free. $50 non-refundable application fee for writer, another $50 for publisher - check out their websites for more info.

5) Get a business licence - if you want paid songwriters/composers royalties/publishing on your music you have to open a publishing company and depending on the state you live in, a small business license could cost anywhere from $25-$450.

6)Name Publishing company - of course your company needs a name and you have to Trademark that name as well - $285.

7) Open a Business bank account - most banks start at $200 to open a business account.

8) Get logo for publishing company - $100-$1000.

9) Trademark/Copyright logo for publishing company - $35-$285.

So on the high end, your spending might be $4,150 and on the low end,$1,585. now mind you, this is just for you. this does not take into account paying your manager, lawyer, booking agent, publicist. nor does it take into account any costs for music (producer) or promo. this is just to get yourself established and set up.

the goal, of course, is to recoup this $$ outlay so you can start making money & turn a profit.

still think doing all that free music is a good idea???



ASK THESE QUESTIONS
BEFORE YOU SIGN
WITH AN INDEPENDENT RECORD LABEL
by DJ Iceman


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1. How many artists are signed to the independent label?
2. What is the duration of the recording contracts that you offer?
3. Do the artists on your indie label retain the rights to their music?
4. What is the royalty percentage you give to the artists signed to your label?
5. What is the most singles or albums you have sold thus far?
6. What is your average recording and promo budget per release?
7. Do you have a profit sharing program in regards to merchandise sales, etc?
8. Does the Label offer tour support?
9. How many people are part of the staff of the indie label?
10. How many singles or albums do you release per quarter?
11. Do you have any beefs with anyone in the music industry?






ATTENTION ARTISTS!

Do You OWN your name?
Is your stage name COPYRIGHTED?

Do you have a logo"Is your logo TRADEMARKED

Do you own your likeness?

Is your music COPYRIGHTED? Do you OWN your masters?
Is your music REGISTERED?

If you have videos,who owns the rights?

Do you have YOUR OWN platform?

If not, what the *?%! are you doing???

OWNERSHIP IS EVERYTHING!!
DJ ICE MAN





#ARTIST TIP OF THE DAY
by DJ ADDITION

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If you do not know what Sound Exchange is, please — do your homework. They are basically a master-side collection society
for all the internet radio stations.
What if you, as an artist, send a song to an online radio station without an
ISRC code? Then the routing of the money earned on those plays is very, very unlikely to ever get back to you. Factor in publishing plus lack of knowledge about publishing and there are probably close to 100’s of Millions of dollars NOT distributed correctly.

Truly sad and disheartening,
as this is mostly for independent artists and songwriters.

Do your Research. Do your Homework.



Signs Of A Great Publicist
Echo Hattix

1. Easily Identified As Your #1 Fan
2. Answers Your Phone Calls & Texts
3. Plans Your Next Big Steps
4. Gets Upset With You When U Miss An Interview,
Event And/Or An Opportunity
5. Tells Your Story Like A Manager &
Stands Up For You Like A Lawyer
6. Celebrates Your Wins As Their Own
7. Believes In You & Let’s You Know
8. Pushes You To Do Things You Would Not Normally Do
9. Is Lowkey Your #1 Instagram Stalker
10. Seen Above)))

Rule No. 1 Trust Your Publicist