This is cool: A record deal simulator.

If you’re an artist looking to sign a record deal, you’re probably going into the contract signing with a huge amount of trepidation. You’re not a lawyer, you’re an artist. But there is a way that you can figure out a few things ahead of time.

Behold the Record Deal Simulator.

Basically, it’s a complex calculator that shows you how the math works when it comes to the basics of a recording contract. It covers streaming, royalties, splits, advances, recording costs, marketing costs, and more. Damn, this looks really, really helpful.

You can learn more about things here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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