Scam and Rip-Off Warnings

The music industry is plagued with scam artists sharks who simply take advantage of hungry artists and professionals alike. It is our goal to expose all of these scams, teach you how to recognize them and tell you what to do to avoid getting trapped by one.

Here is a partial list of the topics we have planned. They are set up as warnings. Before you make any move for the 1st time or engage with someone you don’t know, you’ll be able to watch the corresponding video and move forward confidently and knowledgeably!

A&R

  • Before you pay to audition for a label…
  • Before you answer that email or DM saying you’ve been ‘discovered’…
  • Before you pay anyone to shop your act to a record label…
  • Before you contract with anyone who promises you a record label deal…

 ARTIST DEVELOPMENT

  • Before you sign an artist development deal…
  • Before you hire a coach or consultant…

BOOKING

  • Before you sign with that booking agent…
  • Before you pay someone to shop your act…
  • Before you pay to play at a venue…
  • Before you agree to play for a % of the bar or the door or bar…
  • Before you take a gig just for ‘exposure’…
  • Before you pay to be on a tour…

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

  • Before you pay one person multiple commissions on the same gig or deal…
  • Before you engage with someone representing you and your adversary…

CONTESTS

  • Before you enter that songwriter competition…
  • Before you enter that Battle of the Bands or artist competition…
  • Before you audition for a TV talent competition…

EDUCATION

  • Before you sign up for that course or workshop…

FINANCIAL

  • Before you buy or create and sell an NFT…
  • Before you turn your financial management over to someone else…

IMPOSTERS

  • Before you engage with that celebrity or expert online…

MANAGEMENT

  • Before you search for an artist manager…
  • Before you sign that management contract….
  • Before you give someone power of attorney…

MARKETING

  • Before you hire a web designer…
  • Before you hire a marketing expert…
  • Before you pay for an online ad…
  • Before you buy a ‘contact list’ or directory…
  • Before you jump at that marketing or exposure deal…

PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Before you hire a photographer

PLAYLISTING

  • Before you pay someone to get you onto playlists…
  • Before you pay to be on a playlist

PRODUCTION

  • Before you hire a producer for yourself…
  • Before you pay to have a demo produced…
  • Before you book a recording studio…

PUBLISHING

  • Before you sign a single song contract…
  • Before you sign an exclusive publishing deal…
  • Before you agree to take a song off the market (a hold)…
  • Before you pay to have your songs or lyrics published,,,
  • Before you pay someone to collect your royalties…

RADIO PROMOTION

  • Before you pay someone to promote you to radio…
  • Before you pay to have your song played

RECORD LABELS

  • Before you seek a record label deal…
  • Before you sign a label contract…
  • Before you accept a 360 deal…
  • Before you give up control of your music and masters…

RETAIL

  • Before you buy any instruments or gear…
  • Before you pay for a service package…

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Before you pay for followers or likes
  • Before you pay an influencer to market you
  • Before you sign with an influencer company…

SONGWRITING

  • Before you give someone writing credit on your song…
  • Before you pay someone to put music to your poem or lyrics…
  • Before you pay someone to shop or plug your songs…
  • Before you sell a song…
  • Before you register with a song placement service…
  • Before you give up the publishing to your song…
  • Before you pay someone to copyright your song…
  • Before you pay to have your song put on a compilation CD…

SUBSCRIPTIONS

  • Before you subscribe to another cool service…
  • Before you subscribe to another newsletter…
  • Before you pay for that subscription…

SYNC

  • Before you pay someone to shop your songs to film or TV…
  • Before you register your songs with a sync service or library

TALENT SCOUNTS AND SEARCHES

  • Before you engage with a talent scout…

VIDEOGRAPHER

  • Before you hire your videographer…

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