A split sheet is a vital part of any music business. It should be used for every recording as it has very important items regarding the ownership of a song.
A standard split sheet should include each person’s cut, their specific contribution (lyrics, hook, melody, beats, etc.), samples used, and publisher information. This information will serve as written evidence of copyright ownership and will ensure there are not any disputes surrounding royalty distribution.
It is important for managers, artists, and labels to all understand they need a split sheet for every song that is recorded. It is best practice to fill this out while you are in the studio as the moment the song takes off it is too late!