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    Icon5 Need Help Figuring Out My Plans

    Let me start of by introducing myself,
    I am Mikel Bartek founder of CTB Productions and an artist/manager for Central Texas Boys rap group.
    Don't get me wrong I know alot about what Im doing (not to be cocky) but I just don't understand the picture of what im trying to do.
    I started rapping when I was young and wanted to make it into something and now I have started CTB Productions for making instrumentals including mine for my own group and also graphics and Central Texas Boys is a rap group that I started with a couple friends.
    I have studied myself to death on the internet and honestly Im going to the library in two days to get a stack of books so I don't have to look at this screen all day.
    there is the introduction here is where I need help.

    Im not sure what kind of business I want to start (Record label, Record Producer, etc) I been having a real hard time trying to figure the diffrences on all of the types.
    I want to be able to have my studio available for studio time for a reasonable rate. Im really not sure how I can explain it. but if anybody can understand what Im saying from here and think they could help me please contact me back. Thanks
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    Default Re: Need Help Figuring Out My Plans

    first make a list of your goals. once you know what you want to accomplish then you can decide the best route to get there i.e. if you want to build indie artist careers then a record label might be the route for you

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    Icon14 Thanks,

    I been meaning to do that, I have heard and read it a couple times in the last week that it is the best strategy. I just been real busy and also trying to learn more about it.

    Iv been looking into what record labels do and the meaning of having there job, but I don't quite understand it I guess,
    So you pay a rapper to come into your studio and make tracks and them you distribute them try to get it radio play and sold in stores internationally/locally promote the album as well. That's alot of money spent on having a rapper come into your studio. So where would your money come in from doing all of this.
    Im an artist of a group I created and I have had alot of people tell me that I am not smart enough to record my own quality music and I keep telling them its not as hard as you think these days Im still learning but from what I can do so far and what im learning and seeing around the web its really not that hard you just have to know the business side very well to be successful. So I am currently working on building my studio to where I can just record my group as well but on the side I would like to offer studio time for other underground artist as well. Is that what a record label does.
    Im sorry this is alot at one time I just been looking into this for a minute now trying to figure everything. Thanks for your feedback it really helped alot im going to get right on that.
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    Default Re: Need Help Figuring Out My Plans

    If you want to get technical there are a lot of different options, but to get a good studio running to where you are getting consistent business, you are going to need some money up front to start. To get everything going in full swing is much more difficult than you may think. I'll break it down for you, but its going to take a couple posts, and I won't be able to do it all right now but if u stay posted on this thread, check back and I will give you more info as possible.

    Your Own Studio

    1. Get info from state Chamber of Commerce
    2. Consult with Lawyer and accountant re: Business Status, Business Agreement, etc.
    3. Choose and research your company name
    4. Register company name
    5. File business papers with the State
    6. File papers with the county recorder
    7. Obtain a business permit or license
    8. Obtain Tax ID Number
    9. Establish a dba account(doing business as)
    10. Establish a business bank account
    11. Obtain a resellers license
    12. Place an ad in the local newspaper re: your biz

    to start...

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    Default Re: Need Help Figuring Out My Plans

    I get what your saying. I will be sure to stay subscribed to this thread. Il be researching into those steps for now as well.
    I have been currently in contact with a person from direct incorporation and he has been trying to get me to start a form and other stuff, I just don't have funds for it right now and really don't know they would do for me. Im still learning the business side of everything. I have people helping me to make contracts who went to colledge for it and I self tought myself about producing music and lyricism now im putting my mind to the business side of the music business/legal game. I appriciate you help It means alot. If you would like to check out that website here is the link. Thanks again https://www.directincorporation.com/

    I found the closest state chamber of commerce and the link to message them, but what info would I be asking them for? http://www.txbiz.org/81391-Business-...er-of-Commerce

    Also im going to talk to someone from this company of lawyers about pricing for there services. Here is a link as well to there website. http://www.seangregor.com/services/e...nd-arts/music/ am I heading in the right direction?
    Last edited by CTB Productions; 18-11-2011 at 7:11 PM.
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