Audio Recording of NARIP Webinar – Music Producer’s Deal Overview

Audio Recording of NARIP Webinar – Music Producer’s Deal Overview


Guest expert, and music and entertainment attorney Dean Serwin lays out the most important deal and leverage points in a music producer’s agreement.  Learn the short- and long-term implications to an artist’s and producer’s earnings!



In this session, Mr. Serwin will explain hot button issues in music producer deals and what rights holders can do to negotiate the best possible deal.  Specifically, he outlines the best negotiation positions from the artist’s standpoint, and then from the producer’s standpoint.

Most importantly, you will understand the most important parts of a music producer deal, and get educated about the art of deal making!


Producers, Artist Managers & Artist Reps
Record & Music Publishing Executives
Concert Promoters, Agents, Tour Managers
Anyone seeking to make or enhance a career as a music producer or production company.

The right time to make a deal.

Major areas of negotiation, including:

  • Producer Fee & Recording Costs: all-in fund vs. producer paid a fee to produce
  • Advance: how and when this is treated as recoupable, and what portion should be treated as non-recoupable fees
  • Producer Advance vs. Recording Fund. Did you know it all comes out of the artist’s recording fund?
  • Producer Royalty: standard range, escalations, “fractions” and reductions. Did you know it all comes out of the artist’s royalty?
  • Accounting & Audit Rights
  • Controlled Composition Clause: what you need to know if your producer is also your co-writer
  • Recoupment
  • Credit
  • Delivery Requirements
  • Re-record Restrictions
  • Remixes & Samples
  • Terms & Options
  • SoundExchange, etc.

PROGRAM DATE: March 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA
PROGRAM TIME: 1 hours, 43 minutes, 20 seconds (1:43:20)
QUESTIONS? Call 818-769-7007 or contact NARIP

Dean Serwin, Esq.


Included in the document bundle for Digital Music Rights Deal:

  • Outline of Main Issues for Music Producer Agreements by Dean Serwin, Esq. (2-page PDF document)
  • Sample Producer Agreement 

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Dean Serwin, Esq.
Music & Entertainment Attorney

A graduate of UCLA Law School who began his practice of law in 1990, Dean Serwin works primarily in the entertainment industry. His experience prior to establishing his private practice included working for a sole practitioner with several platinum artists, as head of legal for a film and TV production and distribution company, and positions at the Director’s Guild of America, BMI and Capitol Records. Dean has lectured extensively for groups ranging from Art Center film students to Harvard MBA’s and from California Lawyers for the Arts conferences to The Learning Annex. Dean’s Hollywood, CA based solo law practice began in 1994 and serves clients in all areas of the music, film, video, TV, internet and distribution businesses including record labels; music publishers; recordings artists; songwriters; music, television and film producers; managers; television, film and internet production and distribution companies; business executives and consultants; authors, clothing companies, as well as others involved in the entertainment industry.


Program Music Courtesy of Sparks & Silouhettes


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