WHAT IS A SPLIT SHEET?
A split sheet is used to determine ownership percentages of a song for royalties and publishing splits. Everyone agrees on a percentage % and fills in their information then everyone signs the split sheet.
WHEN IS IT NECESSARY TO HAVE A SPLIT SHEET FOR MY SONGS?
If anyone is (featured, wrote part or produced part) of your songs you need a split sheet.
HOW ARE SONGS NORMALLY SPLIT UP INTO PERCENTAGES?
Normally there is a producers share (50%) and a writers share (50%).
Example 1 – If there is 1 artist and 1 producer the split would be (50% artist / 50% producer)
Example 2 – If there is 2 artists and 1 producer the split would be 25% artist1 / 25% artist2 / 50% producer)
Example 3 – If there is 1 artist and 2 producers the split would be (50% artist / 25% producer 1 /25% producer2)
The percentages are divided up based on the work put into making the song. So if someone does more work, they deserve more of a percentage.
Split sheets must be agreed upon and signed by all people involved with the song. It is a legal contract stating the song percentage splits. You will need this contract to be able to commercially use your song.
It’s never too late to get a split sheet signed for past songs as long as all people agree on percentages and are willing to sign the split sheet. It protects all people and is VERY NECESSARY.
If you would like a copy of a split sheet contract, please click here.
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