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I represent the artist

:
Cameryn Wright
2642 Circle Dr.
Oneida NY, 13421
BTM Publishing Co.
21 Grand St.
Camden NY, 23401
October 11, 2015
To prospective publisher:
Below is an outline of terms that I propose to you:
1. SERVICES
All musical works that I generate under contract with you will be
yours to publish. Music, lyrics and the combination of such in
song form is what will be yours. Other works such as books, films
or theatrical presentations are not covered or subject to
exploitation or ownership by you the publisher

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2. TERM
(a) The term of our agreement will begin the moment it is signed by
both our parties, and exclusivity of my work to you will end the
moment the term has ended. These same guidelines will apply if
agreement is renewed, extended, amended, or substituted. Your
publishing company is affiliated with my label, Harmony Records. I
have signed with them for 3 years and will be coterminous with our
publishing agreement, pending renewal.

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(b) I will produce unto you no less than 16 commercially exploitable
songs per year. This number does not include cover songs. I
acknowledge that failure to do this may warrant a contractual
extention.

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3. GRANT OF RIGHTS
(a) All of my compositions under my current label as the writer will be
assigned to you the publisher. In the case of a joint work, I will only
assign what portion is mine to you. Unless a prior written agreement is
signed, you do not have the right to exploit any co-writers efforts.3
(b) It will be noted that I retain 100% copyright of intellectual property
created prior our agreement.

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(c) It will also be noted that no one, besides myself will have the right
or power to alter my songs in anyway. This includes but is not limited
to; lyrics, melody, harmony, instrumentation, and titles. Any changes
that your publishing firm may feel are necessary can be brought to my
attention, however without my express written consent, no changes
will be made.5
(d) You the publisher will be responsible for obtaining copyright
protection for my songs during the term of our agreement in which
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they will be protected in any circumstance they are exploited. I will
expect you to pay the cost necessary to register my songs with the
U.S. Copyright office.

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(e) The right to exploit my songs in any way deemed profitable will be
granted to you with a few exceptions that will need my written consent
to be allowed.
1. In the case of use in an X-rated film
2. In the case of use in a political campaign/commercial
3. In the case of use for religious purposes or in a church,
synagogue, or other similar place of worship.

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4. EXCLUSIVITY
From the moment our agreement is signed, I hereby agree to use BTM
Publishing co. as my sole publisher of my musical works. My
notification of the acceptance or rejection of my musical works will be
a 45 day period and I will retain ownership of rejected material.8
5. WARRANTIES AND REPRESENTATIONS
(a) I the writer acknowledge that all songs created and presented to
you, the publisher is of an original nature. No part of any works
presented to you is of an infringing nature by means of imitation,
copying, or unlicensed sampling.
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(b) Any and all samples possess the proper license and clearance from
the copyright owner and I retain liability for any and all infringing
compositions9
6. ROYALTIES
Provided that both parties uphold our agreement;
(a) I will retain 50% of net profits gained from exploitation of my works
in printed form.
(b) I will receive 50% mechanical royalties, electrical transcription and
reproduction rights, motion picture synchronization rights, television
rights, streaming, permanent downloads, satellite radio transmission,
video games, cell phone ringtones and all other rights. You shall
receive the other 50%
(c) I will not claim public performance royalties you receive from ASCAP
BMI or SESAC.10
7. ADVANCES
(a) The advance granted to me the writer will be in the amount of
$45,000 and a 50% copyright ownership claim on the musical works
presented
(b) Upon the conclusion of our term, provided that all requirements
have been faithfully fulfilled, I request the following yearly advances;
(1) $50,000 for the initial term hereof
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(2) $55,000 during the first renewal term hereof
(3) $60,000 during the second renewal term hereof
(c) I request a bonus of 5,000 dollars for the first song of mine that
reaches the Billboard top 20 every year per the duration of our term.11

Please review these guidelines with your firm and contact me with your
thoughts so we may negotiate an agreement. Upon your approval, my
attorney and I will review your terms so that we may reach an
agreement.
Sincerely,
Cameryn Wright

11 Halloran, Mark. The Musicians Business and Legal Guide 4th Edition.
2008 p 164