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Can You Sell a Song for a Negotiated Price?
Old 7th February 2020
  #1
Here for the gear
 

Can You Sell a Song for a Negotiated Price?

I'm asking this out of pure curiosity, I couldn't write a song to save my life.

So say someone writes a song that they think will be a huge hit, could they sell it to a singer/band for a negotiated price or for a percentage of earnings from the sale of that song? I realize that songwriters do get royalties, but they're really crappy (currently 9.1 cents per sale). If the songwriter wanted to negotiate a deal that benefited them, is that even possible?

Could a deal be worked out between the songwriter and the singer/band? I'm guessing maybe this would be difficult unless the performer owned their own label. If they distributed their own songs, would that make things easier?
Old 7th February 2020
  #2
Gear Nut
 

What you're referring to (9.1 cents per sale) is a mechanical royalty, there are also performance royalties that songwriters receive.
Old 9th February 2020
  #3
Lives for gear
 

Yeah, I imagine it’s still only a cut of the revenue. As I remember it is 1/2 for the composer/songwriter and 1/2 for the publisher. If you have the marketing clout you can be your own publisher and get it all.

One exception is when say if the State of Washington was looking for a new state song. If there was money involved it would be a predetermined amount to be payed out.
Old 16th February 2020
  #4
Lives for gear
 

Yes. You can sell a person or corporation
a song. Usually involves signing an agreement
assigning all rights, including writer’s copyright,
and royalties and licensing, to someone or a business for a specified amount of money.
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