Good Day to you;
My daughtor, Jennifer ******, is a very acomplished and talented Christain singer-songwriter working on her debut album. One of the songs she wrote is entitled "The Price".
After writing the song, she produced a demonstration of the song in her portatbe studio and took it to her then boyfriend, a music
producer. They co-produced the music production/tracks as a team without any written agreements. The producer/boyfriend made a verbal agreemnet not to charge for his sevices. As they worked togther on the song, Jennifer provided input throughout the production.
Shortly after the completion of the song's production, the relationship soured and they broke up. The heartbroken ex-friend/producer, we'call him "Joe" upset with the break up, decided to cease all commincations and said that he could not directly communicate with Jennifer, but assigned his mangers to handle all furture communications and matters concerning Jennifer.
In addition to our many attempts to reach out to Joe, he continues not to respond. We reached out to his managers, who on three occasions agreed to, and set times for us to meet, via telephone, to discuss the song and the return of several personal items.
For each scheduled meeting, they were a no show. Hence, we are seeking your guidance.
What we want:
1. We want to include the song on the album
2: We want to insure that Joe gets his fair performance fees according to his associated performing rights organization (BMI, ASCAP, etc.) WE are trying to get his performnace number to regsiter.
3. What are Jennifer's rights to the song? Remember, Joe said he would not charge for his services. Our fear that that if we include the song on the album, we dont know if he can create a problem later.
In addition, Jennifer has another song called "I Am Elijah" that is currently under Joe's publishing company, again without written agreement, through a distribution company called CDA Music Group because she did not have a company at the time for the distribution company to use. Joe agreed that as soon as Jennifer setup her company, that the song and it's royalities would be transferred to her company. The founder of the distribution company is aware of this and is just waiting for Joe to say, "Transfer" however, he and his managers are unresponsive.
Thank you for your response.
Ted ******, Dad