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Answer these 10 questions to help determine which agreement is appropriate for your next music recording project. (Note: If the electronic media project involves a symphony, opera, ballet, or chamber orchestra that has a collective bargaining agreement, you will need to confer with the Symphonic Services Division to determine the appropriate agreement.)
•What is the name of the production entity and party responsible for control of the product?
•If it is a live performance being recorded or taped, is there a live performance contract on file?
•What is the nature of the project (music recorded for a CD release/download, commercial announcement, television show, motion picture, other)?
•If it is music for a CD release/download, what is the approximate number of pressings/downloads; what is the approximate budget?
•If it is music for a commercial announcement, is it for a national, regional, or local campaign? Which medium (television, radio, internet, other)? Will musicians be on camera?
•If it is music for a television show, which type of show (variety special, talk show, sports event or theme, documentary, sitcom, awards show, other)? Over which type of television will the show air (network, basic cable, pay cable, PBS, local television, other)?
•If it is for a variety type show (talk show, awards show, other), what are the lengths of the show and rehearsals?
•If it is for a television movie, scripted episodic show, documentary for TV, or sitcom, will musicians be on camera?
•Will this be a project for the internet (live performance pick-up), a staged concert? Will it be a one-time live stream, on-demand stream, or other type of stream? Will access to the stream be ad-supported or subscription-based?
•Will this be made for a new media project? If so, what type of show is it, and over which new media platforms will it be made available (Netflix, Prime, other)? Will the ability to view the show be ad-supported or subscription-based?
Contact your local or the EMSD office at email@example.com for assistance filing the proper contract.