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The New Songwriter's Guide to Music Publishing, 3rd Edition by Randy Poe

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The Exclusive or Staff Writer Contract

The phrases exclusive contract and staff writer contract are two terms for an agreement in which the writer is signed exclusively to a particular publishing company. For the sake of brevity, let’s refer to this agreement throughout this chapter as a staff writer contract.

Staff writer contracts are usually offered when a publisher believes, based on a writer’s past success, that the songwriter’s talents warrant a deal granting the publisher the rights to all of the songs written by the writer during the term of the contract. Sometimes these contracts are offered even when a writer’s track record consists of only one or two recorded songs. In fact, this is usually the best time (from the publisher’s ...

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