We're now giving away a pair of premium 'Ultra' versions of this app. Just drop a comment with a registered username and we'll pick two random winners.
No, I haven't negotiated an artist contract using this app. But after going through all the splits, detailed explanations and breakdowns, I almost feel like I could get away with it.
The just-released super-calculator from Moses Avalon, called - unabashedly - the 'Moses Avalon Royalty Calculator,' is sort of like a living, breathing artist contract with a guidebook in tow. And it covers everything from 360-degree splits to mechanical royalty payouts.
That's just scratching the surface, and apparently it took Avalon years to bake this cake. Which would explain the considerable selection of different contract types for artists ranging from debut to high-selling heritage to hit songmaker. And, the variations of recording, publishing and other asset breakdowns that come with those respective territories. Many of the more specialized contract calculations require in-app purchases of 99-cents, with a generalized Ultra tier of $4.99.
And after all the plugging-in, double-checking, and renegotiating, you end up with a calculation like this. Which, amazingly, even includes costs for litigating out of a deal and auditing a label, which unfortunately now feels like a necessity.
Avalon is targeting more than just artists and managers entering a negotiation. Because another important crowd comes from those that have already signed deals - crappy or otherwise, on both sides of the table. "It's a way for artists to always know how much they are owed for any music deal (recording, publishing, merchandise, endorsement) and conversely, for labels, production companies, aggregators, managers, etc. to always know how much they are making on commissions from their artists and songwriters," Avalon explained, while also pointing to an interesting voyeur crowd that "wants to know how much Lady Gaga makes."
The app is here. Let us know what you think.
Geo Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Derek Wednesday, January 25, 2012
It doesn't leave out writer's share...in fact, one of the main features of this app is to calculate how many units (singles/albums) must be sold for the writer to "break even"
Vail, CO Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Surprised this didn't come out sooner. Like Passman's book in your pocket.
Pjgarea Thursday, January 26, 2012
Interested to mess around with this app for a bit. Is it really practical?
andreaevilla Thursday, January 26, 2012
I'm interested in checking out the ultra version - andreaevilla. I've never used this before.
fac51 Thursday, January 26, 2012
househead Thursday, January 26, 2012
If this works as advertised, it could be the most useful tool in my toolkit. Looking forward to checking it out.
Ash Alwi Thursday, January 26, 2012
Interesting app, but Im not sure whether this app covers music royalty structures in other regions i.e Asia. I am glad that someone actually came up with a dedicated "calculator" for this nonetheless
Dixmix Thursday, January 26, 2012
excellent, i would like to use that !
brooklyn habitat Thursday, January 26, 2012
Why so cheap this should be a high-end premium app. I'll take an upgrade if you got 'em.
digirob Thursday, January 26, 2012
looking forward to checking this out.
PK Thursday, January 26, 2012
This could certainly be a valuable tool.
james andy Wednesday, February 15, 2012
I agree with the post that this is a very valuable tool and due to this tool i make fun.
firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, January 26, 2012
Very interested to check this out. I'll take the premium upgrade.
bigtimerapper Thursday, January 26, 2012
Looks really interesting. I'm actually in a contract negotiation right now with a prospective label and this would really come in handy. Would appreciate the 'ultra' version.
mattakana Thursday, January 26, 2012
This seems like a really great and affordablt tool for artists and managers! Genius!
blackswansongs Thursday, January 26, 2012
Very interesting. I'd love to check it out.
bwingobwango Thursday, January 26, 2012
The free version is cool would like to check out premium
@Trupedo_Glastic Thursday, January 26, 2012
Ha ha, royalty negotiations?
ColdWax Music Thursday, January 26, 2012
Really cool, would love to try this out!
elduderino1971 Thursday, January 26, 2012
All royalty negotiations should be started with "Jermajesty"
kiwiscott Thursday, January 26, 2012
Now this is some VERY clever thinking. Putting the decisions into a simple process, which will ensure the smoke and mirrors of deals are made a thing of the past. Transparency is where its at!
FTemblador Thursday, January 26, 2012
Excited to check this app out.
Mr Green Thursday, January 26, 2012
pretty neat. would love to check out the ultra version
Mick Thursday, January 26, 2012
Is this available for Android?
Mick Thursday, January 26, 2012
Is this available for Android?
Velvet Friday, January 27, 2012
Wish I'd thought of it!
Power Amp Music Friday, January 27, 2012
I'd definitely like to check out the ultra version.....with the changing legal framework here in the UK (Alternative Business Structures (ABS) or ‘Tesco Law’) this could be a revolutionary tool for artists, managers, investors (like me) and the music industry at large. Bad news for lawyers tho huh!
fmontez1 Friday, January 27, 2012
I'd love to mess around with the Ultra version. . . I work in Copyright and licensing for a major label, so this is right up my alley.
khapele Saturday, January 28, 2012
This looks like a useful app.
kwesiyoungDMNboy Saturday, January 28, 2012
this is a revolutionary app for a digital age in music.. at the same time its supports nearly everyside, if not, all sides of music business negotiations. genuis and im a true supporter.
Antonio Saturday, January 28, 2012
Will probably put some lawyers out of work
jacobbogie Monday, January 30, 2012
Does it handle net profit deals?
Amber Leone Monday, January 30, 2012
"Passman's book in your pocket' haha amazing!
@DJPROEBEATS Monday, January 30, 2012
@dancemusichub Monday, January 30, 2012
looks like a great app for artists (though US.... I think)
CarlosEacla Sacramento Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Great News! quick guide reference!
@DanielJCoe Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Finally, an app to calculate my catalog's residuals!
@Jessehubbswifey Thursday, February 09, 2012
Very innovative they should've thought of this years and years ago!!!<3