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Producing Course

by David J. Spangenberg
[aka Professor Pooch]
Music Business Career Guidance
Educator/Author, Consultant, Mediator
Entertainment Contract Specialist

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David J. Spangenberg
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Learn at Your Own Pace!

Step by Step, in Simple, Easy-to-understand "People Talk"

Covering the Creative, Business, & Legal

This course shows you how to become a Successful...

Production Company
Indie Label

If you wish to become a successful Producer in the The Music Business, you should know how the Music Business operates and the correct steps to take, in the right order, to achieve that success.

Likewise, if you wish to become a very successful Production Company or Indie Label, you must choose the "right" Artists, Producers, Songs and Songwriters [including yourself], and know what steps to take for you to successfully help them [and therefore, yourself] move up the "Road to Success".

Upon completion of this course...

  1. As a Producer you will know how to produce a marketable recording that someone will wish to "buy".
  2. As a Producer of musical material, you will know what to look for in creative and marketable Artists and Songs.
  3. You will be able to protect yourself and your recordings correctly and safely.
  4. As a Producer, you will be able to record your musical material, both demos and masters, correctly & cost-effectively.
  5. You will be able to choose the "correct" people to aid you in the recording process, if/when needed, (including Musicians, Singers, Engineers, Sound Designers, Arrangers and Producers,) and be able to deal with them financially, contractually, and personally.
  6. You will be able to choose the correct Recording Studio for your needs and know how to deal with them, financially and otherwise.
  7. You will know who will be interested in hearing your recordings and be able to place your musical material in "the right hands" either personally, or through a Manager or Agent.
  8. You will be able to read, understand and negotiate the important points of Producer Contractual Agreements.
  9. You will know what Producers & Production Companies do business-wise, how they "operate", and how they make money.
  10. You will be able to start and run Your own Production Company.
  11. You will be able to start and run Your own Indie Record Company.

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Producing, Production Companies & Indie Labels Course.

By David J. Spangenberg
"Professor Pooch"

Music Business Career Guidance
Educator, Author, Consultant,
Music Legal & Contract Specialist

© 1984, 1991, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
David J. Spangenberg
All Rights Reserved

Section #1: An Introduction & Overview

Painting the Picture

Although this course may seem like it is mostly focusing on Producers (the Creative) and Production Companies (the Business), if you wish to start a Record Company yourself (usually known as an "Indie Label"), this course's information covers that, too, as you shall see, and all the important details will be covered. As I put it below, A Record Company is, in a way, like a "glorified Production Company". Stay tuned...

Nowadays, if you take the advancement of technology, from Music Computers to the all-reaching Internet - including the "Social Networks" and the Music Distribution Portals - and put that together with some basic Music Biz knowledge, plus some hard work and persistence (and of course some Great Music and Recordings!), and ANYONE can be an Indie Record Label.

I believe it's useful to start with a brief introduction of the subject as a whole, which I will then break down into detail in the following Sections.


In the Music Business, Record Producers are becoming just as hot, known, sought after and successful in their own way, doing what they do, as the Artists are. The Producers, often acting as Production Companies, and/or Indie Labels, love having some control of their career, and, with the proper business and legal set-up, they actually can have some control.

But what actually is a Producer's job? Simply put, the Producer is somewhat equal to the Director of a Film. He/she/they are most often responsible for the entire musical recording process - and nowadays, usually a lot more! Many like to stick their paws into everything!

Now, what's the difference between a "Producer" and a "Production Company?" A Producer is the creative entity (sometimes referred to as the "Line-Producer") to the Production Company, which is the business entity for the Producer. The Production Company is somewhat equal to a Producer of a Film. They are the business people.

A Record Company, in simplified terms, is really what I call a "glorified Production Company". The difference is that, usually the Record Companies that we have known about through the years, now basically act almost like a bank, in that they financially and peoplewise handle the manufacturing and distribution, as well as doing some of the Promotion for the Artist and their Recordings. However, nowadays, with the changes in technology and the way the Music Industry has been "forced" to operate, many more people and companies are taking over their position.

At this point it's important for us to take a moment and step back into the history of the Music Business, so as to paint a clearer picture.

Before roughly 1970, Producers worked for the Record Companies as part of their staff. The Artists would sign directly to a Record Company, and the Company would assign them with one of their Staff Producers to handle the recording responsibilities in the Studio.

Then in the 1970's there were those individuals who decided, for one reason or another, that they wanted to produce some Songs and Artists independently, even before a Record Company became involved. Why?

They usually wanted one or more of the following:

  1. To get their own Songs out there.

  2. To get themselves out there as an Artist.

  3. Creative Control over their Music as well as the recording of it.

  4. Better bargaining power so as to get more of the "benefits", as spelled out later on in the course...

Soon after, many individuals decided to also become "Production Companies", and "make the deals" with the Record Company. In this situation, the Artist would sign a Recording Deal with the Producer/Production Company - yes, they can be, and often are the same person - and the Production Company would look to sign a Recording Deal with a Record Company, guaranteeing the Record Company exclusive use of that Artist for a contracted period of time.

Why did the Producers want to handle the business end? Control, Power, Fame - and a lot More Money! They would have more creative and business control and could make more of the decisions. And, they would be handling more of the money as well as making more of the money.

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Music Business Career Guidance,
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