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The Major Differences between major
and independent record companies
By Emily and Cammie
Summary of them
 Major labels are powerful and used to rule the music
industry. They manufacture, distribute and promote
...
Contracts
 Another difference between major and independent
labels is the actual contracts they sign.
 An independent ar...
Money - Artist
 Most major record labels artists earn 10-15% royalty
on their music.
 An independent label is common to ...
Fans
 Major labels are not close, do not understand and
cannot work the fan base through online social
media.
 Independe...
Case Study – Domino Recording Company
 Well known as Domino, this independent recording
company is based in London and ha...
Technology
 Technology has had a major impact on the
independent record labels.
 The internet has meant that the indepen...
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The major differences between a major and an independent record company

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The major differences between a major and an independent record company

  1. 1. The Major Differences between major and independent record companies By Emily and Cammie
  2. 2. Summary of them  Major labels are powerful and used to rule the music industry. They manufacture, distribute and promote the music of the people under contract.  An example of a major would be;  EMI  Major labels are usually owned by a parent company  For example;  EMI’s parent company is the Universal Music Group  This is different from independent companies (Indie record labels) do not have a corporate backer  An example of an independent label would be;  PWL
  3. 3. Contracts  Another difference between major and independent labels is the actual contracts they sign.  An independent artist has a huge benefit that a major label artist does not.  Major labels won’t let the artists keep rights or control over their music.  Independent artists are able to keep rights to their music.  They can use it for what they want;  Sell it off for commercials, films, television or any other products that they wish.  Once again showing how independent is more beneficial to independent artists
  4. 4. Money - Artist  Most major record labels artists earn 10-15% royalty on their music.  An independent label is common to offer the artist 40-75% in royalty.  This showing how much the major labels take in for themselves not giving much to the actual artists themselves.  This showing how an independent label may be more appealing to the artists as they get more so that they have more to live on etc.
  5. 5. Fans  Major labels are not close, do not understand and cannot work the fan base through online social media.  Independent however form friendships with fans, the fans will buy their music and go too see them play as well due to this as they feel more of a connection to the artist.  This means independent labels are more appealing to the majority as the people buying and listening to the music will want that something extra that the major labels wouldn’t give them.
  6. 6. Case Study – Domino Recording Company  Well known as Domino, this independent recording company is based in London and has signed famous groups like the ‘Arctic Monkeys’.  Domino is the most longest running and successful independent record label.  They have a wing in the US showing there growing power and position in the music industry all over the world.  They have had artists album’s and singles reach number 1 in the UK.
  7. 7. Technology  Technology has had a major impact on the independent record labels.  The internet has meant that the independent companies can advertise them and the artists they represent better.  It also means that both types can put demos of the music or videos on YouTube or other websites.

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