A Beginner's Guide to Recording Contracts

(1135 Ratings)

Produced on: February 15, 2018

Course Format On Demand Audio

Taught by


Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Join Joel Schoenfeld, who has 30 years of experience as a music attorney in-house at record companies, representing recording artists as a private attorney, and teaching music law as an adjunct at a private law school, as he presents the basic issues and forms that are currently in use today in recording contracts throughout the United States and how to navigate negotiating them.

Key issues in record contracts will be discussed including terms, creative controls, royalty rates, and more. Different types of deals will also be discussed, with particular attention paid to 360 Deals.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Familiarize yourself with key issues in recording contracts such as terms, territory/release commitment, delivery commitment, creative controls, royalty rates, and more
  2. Identify different types of deals available in record contacts
  3. Provide an overview of 360 Deals and what types of revenue they can include


Joel Schoenfeld

Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

Joel Schoenfeld, partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, specializes in licensing and protecting digital rights globally, negotiating and drafting various music industry label, artist, publishing and songwriter contracts, international intellectual property, and mergers & acquisitions.

Before joining MSK, Joel spent several years operating businesses in the music industry, making him a valuable asset to his clients because of his appreciation for the challenges they face in running their businesses every day.

Representative Matters

  • Provides copyright policy advice to a major international music publisher
  • Represents several young singer/songwriters looking to have careers at a major level in the entertainment world
  • Represented Major Music Publisher in complex acquisition agreements.
  • Represents Major Record Label on digital and copyright issues
  • Represents a major online entertainment company in acquisition and intellectual property matters
  • Represented major cable television network in transactional matters
  • Represented two of the largest venture capital funds and one of the largest investment banks in digital music investments
  • Represents start-up websites and app developers

Professional, Business, and Civic Affiliations

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, New York Law School


Albert Noel G.

Terrific presenter! Focus never slowed and always top practice mentoring.

Robin B.

I found this course very interesting and informative.

Martha V.

This was very beneficial to me. I have a grandson that is an aspiring artist that I can help with this advise. Can’t wait to watch more on this subject.

Erin B.

Nice job!

Gal G.

Great class.

paul m.

Very good intro course

Paul I.

Very interesting content.

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James P.

Great substantive info

Marvin S.


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Andrew L.

Great presenter with great knowledge of the music industry and how to best represent a recording and performing musical artist.

Malcolm D.

Most informative I have watched. An industry I am extremely interested in so it kept my attention.

Christian B.

Instructor was well prepared and interesting

Paul P.

Thank you.

Theodor S.

good overview

Erim C.

Of the 8 or so courses I've completed thus far, I really enjoyed this one the most. The instructor was a little off topic and shifting around a bit, but he was nonetheless on point with the lecture.

russell b.

Great course!

Andrew P.

Very good intro course

Jennifer M.

Interesting topic.

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