The Musician’s Guide to Record Labels & Record Deals

Everything you need to know to survive the music industry. Recording Contracts, Record Deals, and How Labels Work.

Welcome to the “Musician’s Guide” Series!

What you’ll learn

  • Students will learn the ins-and-outs of traditional record labels and independent record labels..
  • Students will learn what advantages and disadvantages exist for “going it alone” without a record label..
  • We will examine a typical recording contract, so students know what to expect, and how to negotiate..
  • Working with Producers.
  • Distribution.
  • Loan-Outs.
  • Roles of a Record Label.
  • Work For Hire.
  • Score of a Record Deal.
  • 360 Deals.
  • Options.
  • Release Commitments.
  • Advances.
  • Recoupment.
  • Payback.
  • Royalties.
  • Royalty Basis.
  • Royalty Rate.
  • Royalty Deductions.
  • Merchandise.
  • Videos.
  • Producer Contracts.

Course Content

  • Introduction & Overview –> 4 lectures • 7min.
  • Definitions –> 5 lectures • 18min.
  • How a Recording Company Works (Traditionally) –> 3 lectures • 10min.
  • Parties & Scope –> 4 lectures • 18min.
  • Term –> 4 lectures • 12min.
  • Release Commitment –> 6 lectures • 12min.
  • Advances –> 3 lectures • 10min.
  • Royalties –> 12 lectures • 26min.
  • Math Time –> 4 lectures • 12min.
  • Merchandise –> 3 lectures • 9min.
  • Videos –> 3 lectures • 9min.
  • 360 Deals –> 2 lectures • 9min.
  • Producer Agreements –> 4 lectures • 7min.
  • Free Stuff! –> 1 lecture • 1min.
  • Wrap Up –> 3 lectures • 7min.

The Musician's Guide to Record Labels & Record Deals


Welcome to the “Musician’s Guide” Series!

This series is pulled directly from the courses I’ve created for my university position in Music Business. All of these courses are designed for the everyday musician – amateur or professional – who has little or no knowledge on the topic, but wants to master it.

This class is all about Record Labels and Record Deals.

100% Answer Rate! Every single question posted to this class is answered within 24 hours by the instructor.

It is ideal for anyone who is interested in seeking out a record deal or is already considering one.

  • Musicians: If you are making music, and considering a record deal, please watch this class!
  • Producers: Before you sign on the dotted line, watch this class to be sure you understand everything you are signing up for.
  • Bands: Maybe you are considering avoiding record labels, and starting your own independent label. This class is for you, too!
  • Curious Minds: Anyone interested in how record labels work is invited to be a part of this class.

We will start with traditional record label deals, and progress forward to talking about more modern deals. We will talk a lot about the “need” for a record deal in the modern age, and how you can get by without one at all.  I’ll walk you through every issue in the contract so you fully understand what is being asked.

The goal of this class is for you to understand what is in-between the lines of the contract.

This course is NOT specific to any DAW program.

The recording studio has no genre – so all are welcome here.

Topics Covered: 

  • Working with Producers
  • Owning the “Master”
  • Distribution
  • Loan-Out Companies
  • Roles of a Record Company
  • Music publishing, and music industry trends
  • Make money online with your music.
  • Work For Hire
  • Scope of the Record Deal
  • Term of the Record Deal
  • Additional Song Options
  • Other Options
  • Release Commitment
  • Advances
  • Recoupment
  • Payback
  • Royalties
  • Royalty Rate
  • Royalty Basis
  • Royalty Deductions
  • Merchandise
  • Videos
  • 360 Deals
  • Producer Contracts
  • And much, much more!

If you are ready to start making money from your music, and making sure you are protected, this class will start you on that journey. Get started today.

Dr. Allen is a university music professor and is a top-rated Udemy instructor – with nearly 100 courses and over 200,000 students.

In 2017 Star Tribune Business featured him as a “Mover and a Shaker,” and he is recognized by the Grammy Foundation for his music education classes. 


** I guarantee that this course is the most thorough Record Label course available ANYWHERE on the market – or your money back (30-day money-back guarantee) **

Closed captions have been added to all lessons in this course.


Praise for Courses by Jason Allen:

⇢  “It seems like every little detail is being covered in an extremely simple fashion. The learning process becomes relaxed and allows complex concepts to get absorbed easily. My only regret is not taking this course earlier.” – M. Shah

⇢  “Great for everyone without any knowledge so far. I bought all three parts… It’s the best investment in leveling up my skills so far..” – Z. Palce

⇢  “Excellent explanations! No more or less than what is needed.” – A. Tóth

⇢  “VERY COOL. I’ve waited for years to see a good video course, now I don’t have to wait anymore. Thank You!” – Jeffrey Koury

  “I am learning LOTS! And I really like having the worksheets!” – A. Deichsel

⇢  “The basics explained very clearly – loads of really useful tips!” – J. Pook

⇢  “Jason is really quick and great with questions, always a great resource for an online class!” M. Smith


Students who register for this course will receive ongoing exclusive content and discounts for all future classes in the series.

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