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The following are most of the options available WHEN a musician gets the industrys attention The musician then needs to impress the music industry with hisher creative talents The reward for building a successful career is the possibility of doing business with a major label someday Major labels need to work with creative talents to maintain their viability in a ever-changing popular music environment The following short summaries of the most common kinds of indiemajor deals are given as an introduction to them Pressing and Distribution PD Deals The name of this deal describes its basic premise The indie label finances the recording process and delivers the final master recording to a major label distribution company which then presses ie manufactures the records and distributes those records to sub-distributors retailers etc In the case of PD deals as in the case of the next three distribution-oriented deals discussed below the independent label will retain all ownership rights in the master recordings Distribution Only Deals Basically the same as the PD deal described above except that here it is the indie label not the major label that presses the records The major labels role is distribution only Fulfillment Deals Again basically the same as the PD deal described above except that here the records are not distributed through the major labels traditional distribution system but instead through an ostensibly independent distributor that is owned by the major label This independent distributor acting on behalf of the indie label then ships such records as are ordered by indie sub-distributors and indie record stores and it also handles all billing responsibilities In short the independent distributors role here is to fulfill orders from third parties for the independent labels records Piggyback Deals Used when an indie label doesnt have the clout to get its own distribution deal Instead in order to find distribution the indie label must instead piggyback onto another indie labels already-existing distribution
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