Than you for your follow-up. Please do not be sorry, I will be happy to clarify.
One more thing to clarify: So the concert itself, as performed, we three own together?
But I still maintain ownersip of my music outside of this?
Also correct. You own the rights to the individual contribution to the whole, and you own the whole in part with the other participants.
They cannot keep me from performing my music where ever else I desire?
So long as you record your rights and do not use any of their elements, they will be hard-pressed to stop you UNLESS they claim that the melody is owned jointly by the whole group, something that you are contesting.
I'm absolutely fine with them using the music and keeping the concert going--so long as I am a part of it, so I can control the quality--that is fine; it's what we all wanted. I just want the right to use my work other places.
That would be a problem. By giving them the right to use the music, you are implicitly potentially agreeing that this was not sole ownership but group ownership. It would be wiser to allow them to use the music so long as after your record your copyright, they sign a written license agreement with you under which you agree to allow them to use your music in certain limited capacity--as that will ensure that the rights are yours, and not jointly held.
Now how about the recording?
If they are not on the recording you, own it.
I am producing it, have done everything, by myself, to get it recorded, and am putting up some of my own money, along with an outside investor. Do I have equal share or a percentage?
WIthout anything in writing, all the parties to the recording own equal shares.
The artist has a company that she claims will call the shots, and I'm concerned she may think she only ows me mechanical liscensing...I'm not really in this for money, it's about the message. But I do not want to give up complete control, and if I'm due more than the mechanical fee, I do want that, if it's fair.
That is wise, and getting that put in writing is also very wise.
Last info bit--I have never been paid for my service...none of us have, except that money from the shows go through these two people's hands, and I never know where it ends up...no accounting whatsoever. I don't want this to be the case with the album!
That is a bit separate of an issue and is really beyond the scope of your question as it does not deal with intellectual property. However if you have nothing in writing, it will be hard for you to demand disclosure or accounting to take place.
Sorry--this is a convoluted situation and I am entirely too trusting, but my gut is telling me to be concerned!
This situation, as far as you described it, does not appear to be positive, I agree, so please be careful.