After I Get A Record Deal, What Happens Then?


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Mark Henderson Profile
Mark Henderson answered
When you have signed a record deal you will record and promote an album! This will involve hours of writing, recording, mixing and mastering. Then you'll play lots of gigs to promote the album and attend other promotional events.

What Happens Next, After You Get A Record Deal?
  • Recording
  • Mixing
  • Writing
  • Mastering
  • Gigging
  • Promoting


The publicity department of a record label is responsible for establishing you as a credible artist, and arranges for magazine and newspaper articles to be written about you and your material. You may also have your own independent publicist who (together with the label) will co-ordinate your radio and television coverage. This will involve playing live on TV, appearing on the radio and being interviewed by music journalists.

A and R

The A and R (artists and repertoire) department will have a significant influence over your material. After all, they signed you and it's their fault if your record is a flop.
They will assign a producer employed by the label to you, who will have a huge amount of influence over the sound, direction and feel of an album. The producer will also give feedback to the A&R executives about how the recording process is going, and how the record is shaping up. A&R may instruct a producer to make your record sound more mainstream in an effort to increase its appeal.
sam i am i am sam Profile
With a major label...a fifty percent chance of music being recorded and shelved, or nothing happening at all.

Why? It now costs about $500,000.00 to market, produce, distribute, promote and create a CD worth anything with a major label. They bear the cost.
If they "get " you signed and then decide they can't use you - oh, well.

When you get a major recording deal, you have a fifty fifty chance of going forward. And let me tell you, if you get a major recording deal, your manager and their agents will tell you EXACTLY what comes next!!
randy mitchell Profile
randy mitchell answered
You will be required to produce x-amounts of songs within a certain time frame. Once the "deal "is made you have to be groomed to be marketed.

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