I was recently approached by a film producer and asked if I'd be happy to have my songs being used for their film (80mins). I agreed as it's a great way to promote your music. But they asked me what's my expected income from that and I have no idea how much I should charge them. The tracks are my original works, unreleased so there is no problem with getting in touch with a record label etc. Then also comes the royalties etc.. Can someone explain to me how it all works?
Usually the musician and the film producer come into contact through a publisher that arranges the deal (and gets a cut which is rather large nowadays).
You can be your own publisher in this individual case, which means you have to negotiate the terms by which you make your music available to them. There are draft contracts floating around on the web, so if you google for them, you might find some examples on what goes into such a contract. Some things that should be covered:
Many of these items may be a matter of negotiation. In any case, it might be useful to get professional advice from a specialist that can help you establish the terms of the deal.
Hi, This is my day job. It entirely depends on the budget of the film, how much of your track is used, and most importantly - how 'well known' or unreplaceable the track is. If you can get back to me on a few of those questions I might be able to help.
Tom (cutting edge group)