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hiring a free-lance singer for a couple hours for demos?
Old 10th February 2011
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hiring a free-lance singer for a couple hours for demos?

I've only produced electronic music by myself in my bedroom. I've got a couple of tracks with lyrics and would like to get a singer in to record so I've got some vocals to work with. It wouldn't be releasable quality stuff - recording would be a $200 mic in my apt.

What's a recommendation for doing this? Do I just post an ad on Craigslist? I live near Juilliard so was wondering if it'd be feasible to get a student in?

Any ideas on what I should be looking to pay? I don't want to insult anybody nor overpay by too much. This is material that would be shared with friends and family and possibly posted on youtube. I would like somebody who could actually sing a little bit though.
Old 10th February 2011
If you're not going to be marketing it at all, you shouldn't have to pay too much. But whatever amount is agreed upon, you should have a simple contract just to be safe. You're paying a studio performer/musician for their services, and that payment serves as final compensation for that performance. As a result, the singer has given up their copyright (sound recording) in that particular performance, and has no further claim to it no matter WHAT may happen. As long as you are the one writing the lyrics and melody, that's pretty much all there is to it.

I'm pretty sure you could find a standard contract for this online.
Old 10th February 2011
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In NYC? Post on CL... you'll get a plethora of replies.
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