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Will the independent music industry take over major labels?

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Started: 4/16/2015 Category: Music
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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ViViFY

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With pros, there comes cons, some of which may include: rights to music and money distribution. Though major record labels may seem like the best solution for music marketing, it is not always a good idea to sign with one.
There are many reasons to sign to a major label. First off, record companies are knowledgable when it comes to markting. As the artist, you need to do almost nothing to market yourself. The label does everything for you. Also, the artist, through the label, the artist can be set up with connections they wouldn't be able to have if it weren"t for the record company. By connections, I mean, the artist can get connected to work with or even become friends with some of the best artists and audio technicians the business has to offer. Along with connections, the artist has access to very high quality equipment. Artists get to work with compressor microphones that are thousands of dollars; something an independent label might not have access to. Lastly, the artist is able to use some of the best mastering programs in the business, along with the technicians who specialize in those programs.
Being signed to a label, you have to sign to a terms and agreements. One of these terms is that labels own the artist"s music. The label can do whatever they want to the music, even if the artist doesn't like it at all. With that being said, the artist only gets about ten percent of what the record label makes from the artist Along with those two disadvantages, the most critical is that the artist basically signs his or her soul to the record company. Some contracts can prevent one from saying what one wants on social media and in public. If the artists were to break their contract, he or she can say goodbye to it and his or her career.
bman7720

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My opponent starts their argument with stating the benefits of signing to a major label, then by providing a single con to counteract these pro's. My opponent seems to be arguing that independent industries are better ethically, which is not what the resolution states this debate is about. The independent industry would only be able to take over major labels by bringing in more revenue per production and continuing royalties.

First of all, a major record label allows for thorough and exact copyright and patent production on its client's work. The client signs a binding contract, generally stating that all work produced by the client is property of the record label. The artist tends to get a lump sum every time they produce a song, and a percentage of royalties and sales. This is basic corporate exchange, and no different than a lawyer agreeing to work under a private firm. In exchange for ensured sales, marketing, and payment, the artist sacrifices a very little amount of freedom with their music.

In an independent setting, the artist is required to form their copyrights, pay for marketing, make deals with distributors to sell their music, and they cannot ensure a lump sum payment by producing a song, but rather really on 100% of the royalties and sales to distributors. The artist must also pay for their own equipment and CD/record production. They are responsible to record their audio on their own and provide every aspect of their work out of wallet. Eventually, these bills outweigh the revenue, since major labels form contracts with stores to continuously buy their product, making a slimmer selection of sales opportunities for an independent artist.
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