Learn and understand the terms and uses for composer deal memos, composer agreements and synchronization and master licenses for composer deals

This course provides a comprehensive look at the three most important documents for composer hiring deals: the composer deal memo, the composer agreement, and synchronization and master licenses that can accompany composer deals. This course explains the language in these documents in an easy-to-understand way so composers can be familiar with the language and better understand these important documents.

Enroll in this online course if you:
 are a composer who wants to learn more about the language and terms in composer agreements
 may have to provide your own composer agreements for indie film projects
 want to better understand documents you may be given by directors, producers and music supervisors

About This Course
This course provides a detailed, comprehensive study of composer deal memos, agreements and synchronization licenses which are explained in non-legal terms that any composer can understand without any formal business or legal training. Complete sample agreements are provided and each section is explained in detail, including which language to use for different types of business deals including work-for-hire and more. A special section is included on negotiating composer details, including negotiating tactics and techniques, how to approach negotiations and successfully negotiate better composer deals, and how to build successful business relationships that can support a career as a film and television composer.

Prerequisites: An interest in learning more about composer agreements and negotiating composer deals with directors and others

Estimated Time To Complete: 30-40 hours including study time

Course Materials: Sample composer documents including composer deal memo, composer agreement, and synchronization/master license appendix for a composer agreement are provided in downloadable PDF format.

Technical Requirements: Computer browser with current version of Flash plug-in installed is required to view the course presentation. Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF reader required to view downloadable course materials. iPad/iPhone compatibility will be available Summer, 2011.

What You'll Learn In This Online Course
  • Terms used in composer deal memos and agreements
  • Common deal points in the hiring process and how to maximize composer benefits
  • How copyright, publishing interests, royalties and more are handled in these deals
  • Specific techniques for negotiating successful composer deals for yourself or others
  • Important terms including indemnification and most favored nations explained

Course Content
  • Overview of the Composer Hiring Process
  • Composer Hiring Documents
  • Primary Deal Points When Hiring Composers
  • Understanding Legal Aspects of copyrightOther Legal Aspects of Hiriing and Licensing
  • The Composer Deal Memo
  • The Composer Agreement
  • Synchronization and Master Licenses
  • Effective Negotiating for Composers
  • The Big Picture: Contracts, Jobs and Careers
MBI2120 Composer Contracts, Agreements and Licenses

                        Course Fee: $169

Includes all downloadable course materials, access to course student forum, questions answered personally by instructor, and more.

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Course Instructor

Mark Northam

Mark Northam is publisher of Film Music Magazine and author of music business related books and guides including "The Film & TV Composer's Resource Guide," "Breaking Into the Film & TV Music Business," "Maximizing Your ASCAP, BMI and SESAC Royalties" and more. He is also founder of The Film Music Network, a leading professional trade organization for the film and television music industry.

Why You Will Learn More From a Music Business Institute Online Course

Music Business Institute online courses let you learn when you want, where you want using cutting-edge web-based rapid learning technologies that will allow you to learn more quickly and efficiently. Forget about reading impractical books, travel hassles and expenses, or listening to an instructor drone on and on. At the Music Business Institute, you engage in a world-class learning experience focusing on practical skills, experience and knowledge you can apply to your music business career immediately.

And because our courses have been created based on gathering information from some of the industry's top musicians, composers, songwriters, publishers, agents and more, you can rest assured that the information and skills you're learning are first class.

Many musicians have a lot of talent and can play, sing, and write fantastic music. But the ability to turn that talent into income requires learning about the business side of the music industry so you're not another "starving artist". In fact, the only difference between many starving artists and successful ones is simply a knowledge of the music business and how to master that business to create income and wealth.

At the Music Business Institute, 100% of our focus is on delivering to you the skills you need to create a successful career with your musical talent.