STEP 1 – Artist Consultation
Where can you turn when you’re not sure exactly where you’re at or where you may be headed.
The first stop for many is a recording studio most willing to accept money (and perhaps rightfully so) with no discussion about ‘what it is the customer truly has’ (or doesn’t have).
If you have a song written (even if it’s just in your head) or simply want to perform existing songs, you will be served well by speaking with a music consultant. More specifically, one who has a genuine interest in helping you get closer to your aspirations without their asking for a $ deposit up front.
An initial discussion with an honest professional could save you hundreds, even thousands of $$ in unusable recordings and other unproductive activities. You should be told up front (based on what you potentially have to offer) what your next steps should be [e.g., voice training, music theory instruction, straight to the studio, etc.]. To set-up a consultation, please email a brief description of your current ‘musical’ state and a sample audio and/or video of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org. Assuming you have ‘workable’ music and/or are clearly prepared to proceed, a written Work-for-Hire agreement along with any other requisite writings can be tailored and executed. Once agreed to and signed, it’s on to step 2 – NOTE: Factors such as Record Label work-load and ‘developmental-stage’ of music submitted will drive the decision whether or not to proceed with writings and/or entering Step 2.
STEP 2 – Analysis of Melody, Chords, Lyrics, and Structure [estimate $50 – $500 per song]
STEP 3 – Sheet Music Production & Publishing [estimate $150 – $500 per song]
Having sheet music is the foundation for music development in terms of adding lyrics, harmony, arranging, and orchestrating. Sheet music allows for a proper structuring and refinement of a musical work.
STEP 4 – Cover Art Production & Publishing [estimate $50 – $500 per song]
All of our cover art was created in-house (see ‘Songs‘ page).
STEP 5 – Copyright & Registration Services [estimated cost $00] NOTE: Works w/o sheet music are processed after Step 6
We will help you set up an account with the US Copyright Office and help you enter your first submission (may include attorney supervision). ‘In every recorded song there exists two main copyrights: one in the written song itself (the Songwriting Copyright) and one in the recording of the song (the Sound Recording Copyright). It is important to understand that the two main copyrights in a song are separate and distinct, and involve different rights and sometimes different owners’. SOURCE: lawyerdrummer.com
STEP 6 – Audio Recording – Mixing/Mastering/Publishing [estimate $250 – $2000 per song]
Our policy is all principals sign a Work for Hire agreement prior to getting near our sheet music or microphones. We do rehearsal recordings and rehearsal videos in-house and utilize Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) as needed. We utilize our own publishing company, Roberto Domino Music and publish via cdbaby.com. Cover-song licensing is typically done through Easy Song Licensing.com. Audio recording slated for formal publication is typically done at an established, professional recording studio.
STEP 7 – Music Video Production & Publishing [estimate $500 – $5,000 per song]
We create music cinema using storyboards driven by the lyrics and utilize Subject Matter Experts as needed. Examples of our work: – Brigantine Avenue Records YouTube channel
STEP 8 – Social Media Presence + Music Marketing [estimate $300 – $1,200 per song]
Initial Social Media account set-up can be done ‘in-house’. We utilize Subject Matter Experts for advanced Social Media Marketing (SMM) as needed. Music marketing is done through a separate entity with its own cost structure.
STEP 9 – Artist Management [Varies – contractual]
We utilize Subject Matter Experts as needed.
STEP 10 – Concert Production [Varies – contractual]
We utilize Subject Matter Experts as needed.
Brigantine Avenue Records would like to acknowledge the generous support of Pat Moran Automotive who sponsored the Motor City Horns for a December 2016 concerto and recognize Rosalba Galati who helped sponsor the musicians for Cristina Caro’s stellar performance of, ‘The Prayer’. We would also like to send our best to Teri ‘Petunia’ Martin who could not attend. Our thanks to Marty & Dawn Siersma, John Bienkowski & Shell Anderson, Ron Lipson & Cathy Loria, Bruce Godfrey & Tasha Morin, Paul Markovitz and his guest Julia, Irene Kariman, Dr. Cynthia Bryla and her husband Ben, Darlene Collier and finally Dolores Dahmen for attending and for their valued support of the arts. We also appreciate the kind words and acknowledgment from our friends and colleagues who were there in spirit. IMAGES: Copyright 2016 – Dahmen & Basile, LLC. All rights reserved.
PICTURED: Roberto Basile, Ron Lipson, and Bruce Godfrey (December 2016)