Split sheets: what are they?
Collaborating on music is a beautiful thing. Producers, artistes and/or songwriters coming together to create magic. The successful creation of a collaborative work requires conversations amongst contributors. What is each person’s expected contribution to the work? What credits would be given for what measure of contribution? How would the generated royalty from this work be distributed amongst each contributor?
As with every business agreement, terms are negotiated and roles are determined. Expected benefits are also specified. A split sheet is one of the documents that represents the fine details in a collaboration. Particularly as it concerns who contributed what and who gets paid what.
Remember, last week we talked about the duties of a royalty manager. A royalty manager interprets the contents of documents such as split sheets. He would determine the royalty share each contributor receives based on pre-agreed splits.
Split sheets are necessary in any collaboration. It sets the foundation of the agreement and protects the contributor’s interest. It is a good place to start to avoid legal disputes or “stories that touch” which usually come up after a piece of work becomes successful.
What does a split sheet look like
A typical split sheet document would specify
- The name of the composition or recording.
- The details of each contributor’s personal information (names, contact and publishing information).
- Their role or contribution to the particular body of work.
- The ownership percentage of each contributor. Expected proceeds from the work will be shared based on these splits.
If you have read this piece to this point, congratulations. You now know what split sheets are and why they are so important. However, ensure that the document is signed by all contributors though, e get why.
Finally, Royalti.io offers a simple and transparent system for recording split sheet contracts and automatically calculating royalty shares for each contributor added to a musical work. Whether you are a record label, distributor or artiste, the platform allows you to
- combine Royalty data files from different DSPs and distros into a simple dashboard.
- Manage royalty shares and payments based on pre-agreed splits.
- grant contributors full or managed access to view their accrued royalties calculated from Splits formulae.