Monday, July 11, 2011

Music Business/Law Tips - "Raising Money" (Part 2)


This involves accepting a loan for a fixed sum of money and agreeing to repay the sum plus interest by a certain date. Loans usually must be paid back whether or not the project makes money. There are two basic loan sources:

Commercial Sources. A commercial source of money would include banks, finance companies and credit cards. In particular, banks generally want to secure a loan with collateral, such as a home, auto or equipment. (If the artist is established, copyrights might be acceptable collateral.) Unfortunately, most artists are not in a position to have collateral in place. However, if an artist has some credit cards and has been paying rent consistently, a bank may loan the artist a small sum. Otherwise, if the artist does not qualify for a loan, the artist can ask a relative or friend with a good credit rating to be a co-signer for the loan. Because the co-signer is agreeing to make the payments if the artist does not, a co-signer is accepting a great responsibility.

Family And Friends. Normally, family and friends will lend money at a lower rate of interest with a more flexible repayment schedule. The downside of this type of loan is that there is a strong potential to strain the relationship if repayment becomes a problem. When obtaining this type of loan, the artist can prepare a simple promissory note. For example: "On or before December 31, 20XX, Artist agrees to pay Lender the sum of $2,000.00 plus 8% interest from April 30, 20XX, signed, Artist."

Ben McLane Esq

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