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Can You Really Trust Anyone In The Music Business?

Aug 19, 2021

When I went from performer  à  to teacher  à  to musicpreneur in my many years in this industry and let me tell you … it was a rude awakening! 

It was difficult to see how many artists were getting taken advantage of. In fact, my business partner was in the FBI, whose specialties were organized crime and political corruption. And he once told me the music business was the dirtiest business he had ever seen. 

My clients continually come to me with opportunities that land in their path, and I almost always tell them no! And that it is not legit. 

Sadly, many do not listen and end up getting screwed in the long run. It is truly hard to watch and often time makes me sad and discouraged. But that is why I’m here today with this special blog post … So that you can be protected! 

 

Here are 3 things you can do to avoid getting ripped off in the music business: 

#1. BE SKEPTICAL.
Beware of people who approach you out of the blue and offer you success. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Remember, it’s show business … For someone to work with you, they are going to want to be paid -- somehow. 

  • How are they going to make money from you?
    • That is the key.
  • What do you bring to the table besides talent?
    • There are lots of talented musicians out there, so why you?
  • Do you have a large following and a proven track record of making money in music?
  • Why is this person approaching you before you have even had any substantive success in the industry?

 

#2. ASK A LOT OF QUESTIONS.
You will not learn their truest of true motives unless you ask. So, start by finding out as much about them as you possibly can. Ask for references. And if for some reason they get annoyed when you start asking questions, then they are probably not legit. 

Honest companies should be more than happy to answer your burning questions and provide the answers you need so you can make an informed decision.

 

#3. BE OVERLY CAUTIOUS AND PREPARED FOR THE WORST.
If you happen to decide to work with “them” what is the worst that could happen …? 

  • Will you be out of time? Money you don’t have? Or both?
  • Will they ruin your reputation?
  • Own part of your name, royalties, social media
  • Or all of the above? 

Before signing any legal contracts, it is always best to read it over carefully (and maybe even a second time for good measure) and never sign anything binding without checking with a lawyer first. Many shysters will give you time limits when they present the contract and/or opportunity. And if they do  … run for the hills!!!

 

I truly do love what I do and even more so LOVE music! 

But you must be on the lookout at all times to avoid getting involved with people who don’t have your best interest in mind. Be careful.

 

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