(A) ARTIST PAGE: • The company will build a fully functional “Artist page for” the owner, on the company web site. This is for the owners’ search engine optimization, driving Big Records traffic to the owners’ platforms and showing the industry and
fans that the owner is represented in the industry.
(B) SOCIAL MEDIA: • The company will provide regular social media sharing and support from our entire team. In addition, our social media person will be providing connections, instruction and cross-marketing opportunities throughout our social eco-system. During radio, video or press releases, our team will provide constant organic sharing and marketing for the duration of the release.
(C) DISTRIBUTION: • The owner has the choice of music distribution through our agreements with SONY / ORCHARD or UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP upon request. The owner may choose to remain with their own independent distribution including Distrokid, Tunecore or others, as Big Records are a non-exclusive entity. Distribution with Big Records is for music that has not previously been released. If Big Records distribution is used, sales reports will be sent quarterly.
(D) MARKETING: • Marketing at Big Records is considered a team effort. Our goal is to expand not only the owners’ fan-base, but the connections regionally, nationally and internationally. Connections and “who you know” are paramount in the music industry. To do this, Big Records has many functions at its disposal. Organic marketing associated with the release of a single, video, tour or news story are the springboard to launch marketing campaigns. These campaigns are planned in advance usually 4-6 weeks or more. The duration that they last are discussed beforehand according to the needs of the owner. In addition to organic marketing, Big Records has connections and partners that specialize in promotion in all platforms, from basic ones like FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE, SOUNDCLOUD and ITUNES, right on up to BILLBOARD MAGAZINE and the JUNO’S, GRAMMY’S and more. Each release will be planned meticulously and to fit the needs of the owner and the specific genre of the music.
(E) BOOKING AGENTS: • Big Records has multiple booking agents regionally, nationally and internationally to book shows and tours according to the needs of the owner. A 15-20% commission is the usual rate that the agents will charge for shows that they book for the owner. The owner has no obligation to pay commission on shows NOT obtained by Big Records or its affiliates. Tours can be booked through
Big Records affiliate agents, but most agents charge a booking fee or retainer for tours depending on how many shows and the size and scope of the shows. That is between the owner and the agent to negotiate directly.
(F) RADIO AIRPLAY: • The company will provide up to 3 radio releases per year, accompanied by a press-release and marketing. Release dates are based upon the owner’s timetable. The company will provide interviews on radio stations, podcasts / blogs, magazines and newspapers throughout the duration of the releases. Big records radio partners are also well-engaged to provide social media help and promotion alongside each release. In addition, Big Records has partnerships with digital promotion companies that will aide in building the organic “numbers and engagement” on the owners’ social media platforms including but not limited to Facebook, Youtube, Soundcloud and Spotify. The size and scope of these releases can also be expanded according to the owners’ parameters. It is recommended that the owner provide Big Records with an up-to-date Electronic Press Kit for promotion purposes. If the owner needs a press kit created, the Big Records team can recommend free web sites for this or help create one. It is also recommended to create a 30-second - 1 minute video teaser for each release, to be used for promotion. The owner can create these, or Big Records can recommend an in-expensive but quality editor for “teasers”, as we work with multiple partners in that field.
(G) MERCH STORE: (Optional) • The owner has the option of using your own merch store, or one that is created and administrated by the company. If the owner wishes to use your own merch store, that link can be provided to Big Records to help promote it. If the owner wishes to have Big Records create and administrate a merch store for you, the owner is still in full control of the creative design and price structure, but Big Records will retain a 2% administration commission on all sales from the merch store. Help with design and logos etc., can be given to the owner if needed.
(H) GRANT WRITER: • The company uses several grant writer’s that can be called upon at any time for advice and consultation or to write grants. Depending on the size and scope of the grant, the owner may want to have the grant writer(s) help or even write the grant. In some cases, for larger grants an added fee may be required. Being involved with the company is already a notch under the owner’s belt, as the company can use our vast connections and partners to include in the marketing plan for the owners’ pitch for grants. We are also available to review and contribute to marketing plans which are needed for all grants.
(I) SPONSORSHIP & FUND-RAISING: • The company will work with the owner to obtain sponsor opportunities, charities, endorsements and funding opportunities. The company cannot guarantee specific amounts of engagement in these areas and also expects the owner to participate in this process throughout the agreement. In cases where the company attains funding for the owner through sponsors, the company will retain a 20% commission on such funds, but the company will only receive this commission on funds in which the company aided in the process. In cases where the company attains products or endorsements for the owner, the owner will receive the products in full, with no obligation to the company. The owner and company agree to thank sponsor(s) through social media and when possible newsletters and press.
(J) TV & FILM PLACEMENTS: • The company will organically pitch the owners’ music to music supervisors for commercials, films, video games and other forms of media. The owner will retain full control and ownership of all of their music and copyright. Once an opportunity is found by the company, the company will negotiate with the client on behalf of the owner to receive the best results for the owner. The owner is in no way bound to exclusively use the company to attain licensing opportunities as it is a non-exclusive licensing and placement agreement. The company only receives commission on publishing opportunities that it brings to the owner. The publishing split for each opportunity is usually between 20-50% depending on the music supervisor and their agreement. The owner always has the right to refuse or accept each opportunity as it comes.
(K) GRAPHICS: • The company employs a professional graphics team that can take care of all the owners’ needs for logos, posters, online graphics, merch design, resizing etc. The owner can use its own graphics OR the company graphics team. Small projects are included within this contract, but larger projects may include an additional charge depending on the size and scope of the design.
(L) NEWSLETTER: • Big Records releases our newsletter monthly. It has a vast outreach to many industry people and fans internationally and also reaches magazines and blogs etc. The owner will receive coverage in this newsletter and on the front page of the Big Records web site, for every radio, video or press release. This will also then be promoted throughout our social media eco-system. This extends to the owners’ sponsors, charities and endorsees.
(M) CONSULTATION: • The company owner and head of operations Mark Rosner acts as your personal consultant, using his decades of experience and connections to help further your career in all areas needed.
(N) RISEUP TV: • The owner will be given first priority to be included in the RiseUP TV tours and filming as tours are announced and before it goes public. RiseUP TV is a worldwide television show with a growing audience and powerful distribution and marketing reach. A separate agreement and waiver will be presented and explained in full upon interest by the owner. These shows are distributed worldwide and pay royalties according to television performing rights societies and streaming revenue.
(O) OTHER OPPORTUNITIES: • The company has many opportunities that are presenting themselves on an on-going basis. Two of these include Guitar’s n Stars and the RiseUP concert series to name just two. The owner will be given first priority on the ones that are appropriate in the owners’ genre and location. A separate agreement will be tabled for the ones that fit the owner and it will be the owner’s choice which ones to participate in.
(P) DISCOUNTS: • The owner will be given an exclusive discount code that can be used in purchasing goods and services from the many sponsors and small businesses associated with the company. The company is involved with a worldwide group of companies ranging from music equipment, to travel and direct order food companies and more.
(Q) NON-EXCLUSIVITY: • The owner is free to pursue all opportunities and contracts with third-party companies or individuals as this is a non-exclusive agreement.
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