I got a good question from a reader named Anthony yesterday. He wanted to know how to write up an invoice for beat sales. For those of you that don’t know, generally when you sell a track the first step in the process is sending over an invoice to the company or person who is buying the track from you. An invoice is not any sort of binding contract. It’s just an official request for your money and/or whatever compensation you are getting for your music. Here is an example of one of my invoices…
In an invoice, there are a few things you need…
- A header with your company name, address and contact info.
- The artist’s name.
- The product you are selling to them.
- Your name (Both government and your stage name if you have one)
- Who you emailed, faxed or handed the invoice to.
- Who submitted the invoice to whoever received it (You, your manager, your henchman, etc.)
- What payment is to be made. If the payment is split into a “front end” and “back end” payments, say so. If it’s just one lump sum, say so. If it’s a night with the artist’ s wife, say so.
- Let them know who to cut the check to, if there is a check involved. Or other pertinent payment info.
That’s pretty much it. This is how I’ve done my invoices over the years. It’s pretty simple. Click the link below to download my invoice and make whatever changes you need…