Getting Signed: The Most Common Types of Record Deals | Matt Bacon of Dropout Media

For many artists, getting signed is a dream come true.

Record deals aren’t one size fits all, but there are a few basic types that are most common.

If you’re one of the thousands of artists hoping to get a record deal, do you know what kind of arrangement you want?

Matt Bacon of Dropout Media was kind enough to hop on a call and outline the three types of deal that you’re most likely to come across.

Listen now to hear Matt discuss the basics of record label deals so you’re able to scout out potential labels that fit your band’s needs!

What you’ll learn:

  • How Matt Bacon got his foot into the door of the music industry
  • Why you should be cautious of “new” types of record deals
  • What the most advantageous type of record deal is for a DIY artist
  • How you can sign a record deal with the least amount of drama
  • How the relationship between artists and labels is changing
  • Why not recouping your advance typically isn’t the end of the world
  • Why you you need to find the right lawyer for your business
  • How to avoid getting taken advantage of by a label
  • How Matt Hoos and his band escaped a bad record contract

Listen now!

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