How To Get a Record Deal & Navigate The Music Industry
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How To Get a Record Deal & Everything You Need To Know About The Music Business
4.3 (31 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,662 students enrolled
Last updated 4/2016
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Negotiate the highest advance when signing a record deal
  • Build your music career so labels find you attractive
  • Reach out to record labels and speak their language
  • Submit a demo to a record label with confidence
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  • Journal & Pen to take notes and action

As the artist Manafest I've sold over 300,000 albums worldwide, over 1,000,000 singles and toured over 20 different countries.

I've signed & negotiated Record Deals with Major Labels such as EMI and Sony Music as well as many independent labels around the world.

Over the last 10 years I continued to play live shows, write songs and attending conferences improving and teaching my students everything I know in the music industry.

I'm tired of artists being broke. I have friends that have sold over 1,000,000 records but because they haven't setup their business correctly are forced to get a part time job driving for Uber.

I have put this course "How To Get a Record Deal" together for you - to which you have full lifetime access, including all the updates, for free.

I "take you step by step" showing you:

- How To Get a Record Deal

- What To Say To Labels

- How To Negotiate a Deal

- How To Look Up Record Label Contacts

- I Go Through The Most IMPORTANT Points In a Record Contract

See exactly why I'm so successful with my music career - see the stats in the free preview videos, below).

  • Hear about my $50,000 signing mistake
  • How to build your brand to negotiate a GOOD deal
  • How To submit a demo
  • How to network with music industry professionals
  • ... and my help and assistance to Udemy students is legendary


Who is the target audience?
  • Artists
  • Managers
  • Anyone Working Within The Music Industry or Interested
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Curriculum For This Course
40 Lectures
Start Here First: Understanding Record Labels
10 Lectures 48:00

Watch this video first to get an overview of what you'll be learning in this course.

Preview 06:10

Sometimes we chase after goals or dreams without really stepping back to think why. In this lecture "Why Do You Want a Record Deal" I challenge artists to think what is there end goal in mind.

Preview 03:26

Being Independent or Signed both have pros & cons. Getting signed to a record label is not a destination it's just part of the journey.

Independent VS Being Signed

Why Signing a Record Deal Is Like a Marriage

In this lecture you will have a better understanding of what record labels are looking for in an artist and how you can better position yourself to look more attractive to labels.

What is a Record Label Looking For In An Artist?

The sooner you can start understanding that most labels don't care about your music as much as they care about making money you will be in a much better position to negotiate and get a record deal.

Your Not An Artist Your An Investment: Start Thinking Like a Record Label

The higher the advance the more skin in the game the label has. It's easier to assume the label believes in an artist by the amount of money they are willing to invest. However there are no guarantees in this industry but that is the benchmark I use. Money talks..

How To Negotiate The Best Deal & Highest Advance Possible

How Often Do You Get Paid You only get paid every 3 months & Twice a Year For Record Sales!

Course Activity Action Steps: Understanding Record Labels
1 page
Different Types of Record Deals
5 Lectures 28:38

Traditional Record Deals are when the label is fully invested because they own the masters in most cases under that type of a deal.

Preview 03:49

360 Deals or 360 Record Deals are where labels take a percentage of every income stream that an artist has. For example: Touring, Merchandise plus digital album sales and publishing.

360 Deal

A Licensing Deal is when you license the master recording or album to a record label for period of time which could be anywhere from 2-7 years. You still own the masters but the label controls the master during that period of time.

Licensing Deal

A distribution deal is sometimes with a record label or directly with a distributor. This could be for just physical CD's or digital downloads and streaming of your music. Normally this leaves the artist in charge of all marketing and promotion.

Distribution Deal

Course Activity Action Steps: Different Types of Record Deals
2 pages
Points of The Contract - This Section Could Help You Avoid a $50,000 Mistake
12 Lectures 51:11

It blows my mind to speak with artists that have signed record deals but when I ask them specific questions about a deal they stare at me with a blank look on their face... Know what your signing!

Preview 04:19

The term is the number of years the contract is in effect.

Preview 07:10

How much money the record label or distributor agrees to give you in advance of you releasing your album.

Advance: How Much Money You Get Up Front & Have To Pay Back

How many albums you've signed on to record with the record label. 2-5 is typical.

How Many Albums or Songs Are You Committed Too?

What territories/countries a label has the right to sell or distribute your music in.


Means FOREVER... watch out for this one

Perpetuity: Ownership of Masters

The rate used to calculate how much your getting paid per album or single sale as well as streaming.

Royalty Rate

Are you allowed to re-record new versions of the songs. Live album of the song etc.

Recording Restrictions

The first law of success is to "maintain control"

Artistic Control

How much does it cost for you to purchase CD's from the record label to sell at your shows.

Artist Product Purchases: Buying Your CD's From The Record Label - RIP OFF!!!

Learn what to say and what not to say in your emails to record labels.

How To Email a Record Label & Get a Response

Course Activity Action Steps: Points Of Contract
1 page
How To Approach a Record Label & Submit Your Demo
9 Lectures 38:09

Be ready to reach out to a record label before just firing off any email. Have a plan.

Preview 04:37

You only get one chance to make a great first impression.

Get The Tracks Polished First!

Get feedback on your music other then your close friends and family.. Honest feedback is what you want.

Get Feedback (not from friends or family)

Learn how to look up record label contacts of A &R's using Google, Facebook and LinkedIn

Preview 08:33

Only Submit Finished Songs

Avoid Using Samples

Never attach a file like an MP3 and definitely not a WAV

Only Submit Finished Songs

Avoid Using Samples

Never attach files unless you've been specifically asked to do so. Use Dropbox, YouTUbe or Soundcloud when sending solicited music.

Never Attach a File

How To Set YourSelf Apart

Follow Up: The Squeaky Wheel Gets The Greace
Bonuses: Artwork, Photo Shoot & Presentation: Make a great first impression
4 Lectures 13:38

Social proof is important to record labels to see if you have a fan base.

Social Media The Numbers Do Matter

Spend the money and higher a designer to make your branding look good. You only get one chance to make a good first impression.

Important: Good Design Matters

Music Conferences

http:/// (cannes France) (Germany) (Austin, TX) (Toronto Canada) (Los Angeles, CA) (CDBaby - Chicago)

What Music Conferences To Attend To Meet Record Labels

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About the Instructor
Christopher Greenwood
4.5 Average rating
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39,637 Students
28 Courses
Teaches 22 Courses: Best Selling Author & Entrepreneur

Chris Greenwood: Musician, Best Selling Author & Entrepreneur

Why are 36,000+ students enrolled in my Udemy courses?

As an entrepreneur, I have spent over a decade building multiple businesses in the music industry, real estate & online marketing. I believe in a no debt philosophy - and that good morals is good economics

Learn from someone living out everything he teaches!

Would you like to see how I make over $4,000 a month selling music online?

Would you like to become a world class performer and own the stage & my $10,000 a month touring strategy?

Would you like to see how I get Millions of views on my YouTube Videos?

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Would you like to easily start an online business teaching with Udemy?

Enroll in my Udemy courses - you too can be doing all of this - and more!

Across the last decade and some change, Manafest has steadily cemented his status as one of the world's most diverse, envelope-pushing and all around uplifting artists. His seamless, lightening-like blur between the spectrums of rap, hip-hop, rock and pop hasn't just led to 300,000-plus album sales and five coveted Juno Award nominations (essentially the Grammy equivalent in his home country of Canada), but also more than 1,000 shows logged over four continents.