How To Register A Music Production Company

Charlie K    |

Running your own music production company comes with its share of responsibilities, not only for you as an artist but also for others who are involved in the process. Starting your own music business is definitely a fun way to spend your time, but there’s plenty of things you need to watch out for!

As you start your search to become a musician producer, one of the first steps is registering yourself or your team as a business entity. This article will go into more detail about what types of entities exist, how to register yours, and some helpful tips before you dive in.

Running a business means beyond just paying bills; it includes all sorts of legal formalities that relate to ownership, liabilities, and taxes. These are important to know so that you aren’t left in the dark when everything goes wrong.

There are many ways to run a business, and having a basic understanding of different structures is key. By being aware of which ones you have available, you can pick and choose the best one for your needs at this stage in your career.

Get licenses

how to register a music production company

The next step in establishing your music production company is registering your business name as well as getting all of the necessary licensing rights for your songs. This includes recording artist, producer, composer, lyricist, publisher, and copyright licenses.

Proper registration helps prevent using someone else’s song without their permission or taking credit for someone else’s work when it is reused. It also allows you to easily access professional resources such as the Copyright Office website or other companies’ internal systems to make sure everything is legit.

There are several ways to go about this depending on what kind of music production company you want to start. Some states require you to register as an individual while others do not. Check with state officials to see if there is a requirement before proceeding.

Pay licensing fees

The second thing you will need to do is pay your music production company’s license fee, which varies depending on how many products are being manufactured.

Most recording studios have an internal accountant that handles this for you, but you can also find third-party software designed to help with this process as well. Some of these track down licenses easily, while others may require you to add it yourself or source it from another site.

This could potentially be songs written by someone else, or even music that was not owned by the studio! As mentioned before, if you are able to get the artist’s permission, then this would be much easier. But again, this comes with its own set of challenges — what genre does their song fit into? Is it clear to them who owns the copyright?

There are so many things to consider when paying for music use! Luckily, there are tools to make this easy.

Confirm your label's agreement

how to register a music production company

Once you have gathered all of the equipment needed, signed agreements, and formal permission to use music for production or recording purposes, it is time to register your business!

Registering your company as an artist, producer, or songwriter is not free, however most major companies offer registration packages that include professional services like tracking, mixing, and marketing help.

Most artists are not aware of this so many people start producing without ever officially registering their business! If you want to take your career seriously, make sure you invest in your own personal brand by registering yours. It will boost your self-confidence and prepare you for success.

Some things to consider when deciding if signing with a record label is right for you includes how much money they can put into your account, what kind of products they sell, and whether or not they promote themselves.

Register your songs

how to register a music production company

The next step in establishing yourself as an artist is registering your music with copyright agencies like BIMB, Soundrop or ASCAP. This way, people can register your songs and get paid for it!
As mentioned before, you do not need to be an established professional musician to register your song copyrights. All you have to do is write some basic information about your song (lyric, composer, etc) and upload this info into one of these agency websites.

Your account will then be reviewed by a member of staff who will determine if your songs are eligible for registration and how much you will be compensated.
You will also need to indicate whether you want to represent yourself (as a solo writer) or if you would like someone else to handle representing your work for money (a writing team).

This process takes around two weeks depending on the speed that each site’s review board works at.

Register trademarks

how to register a music production company

Another way to use music as a tool for success is by registering your business name or trademark as a producer, artist, or songwriter. This can be done through the State Department’s Trademark Office in Washington, D.C., via mail-in registration or online at goregistertm.com/MusicProducer.

The cost to register an artistic mark with the USTMO is $125 (mail-based) or $175 (online). The length of time it takes to process registrations varies depending on the size of your company and how quickly you respond to messages asking about applications.

Some examples of musical marks that are protected by law include RED, THE VOICE, ROCK STAR, MUSICIAN, AND OTHER COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS THAT IN SOME WAY OR FORM CONVEY A GENERAL IMPRESSION OF AN ARTIST, GROUP, ORCOMPANY.

Get samples

how to register a music production company

The next step in launching your music production career is having some source material for your songs. This can be done by either producing your own tracks or finding other people’s songs and recording them as yours.

The first thing you will need to do is get some samples. These are short recordings of yourself singing, playing guitar, etc., that you create and upload onto YouTube, Soundcloud, or another music sharing platform.

Sample takers usually earn credits via these sites by uploading their musical talents. Many have their own tools or software that they use to produce their music so if you are looking to hone your skills, this would be a great way to learn.

These sites also reward you with points which you can then redeem for products or services through their affiliate programs. The more popular the site, the easier it is to find an appropriate referral program to join.

Get an engineer's kit

how to register a music production company

As mentioned before, having a music production company is not as easy as just registering your name as a producer or songwriter. You will also need to register your business with the appropriate licensing agencies in order to use their tools for your business. These include recording studios, computer software such as multitrack recorders and editing programs, and guitars.

Engineers typically are paid per hour so they want adequate equipment to keep working. Luckily, most engineers’s kits are relatively inexpensive and can be picked up second-hand very easily!

There are some things you should look out for when buying an engineering pack. First, make sure it has at least two microphones of decent quality. An XLT10 hand microphone is one of the best choices because it can be adjusted and there are many settings available.

The next thing to check is whether the headphones have foam earpieces. This way you can comfortably listen to the device without getting feedback. Some headphones do not have this feature which may cost them in efficiency.

Set up your recording space

how to register a music production company

Now that you have found yourself a producer, it is time to look for a home base or studio where you can record your songs!

Finding an appropriate room to record in will depend heavily on what type of music you want to make. If you are planning to produce hip hop tracks, looking for a soundproof facility with good acoustics is important.

For artists who plan to write more lyrics and vocalize their melodies, a quiet area so that you do not need too much ear protection is ideal.

If you wanted to create soft ballads or jazz tunes, then finding a space with large windows would be helpful to soak in some natural light as well as hear some sounds around you.

General tips: Make sure your recording space has adequate supplies and resources. This includes computer equipment needed to edit music, headphones to test out your songs with, and of course, power!

Avoid using free Wi-Fi when possible since these tend to use a lot of energy – even if you are just listening to music! Find a place with wired internet so there is no overhead cost.

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