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Musician Beware. Don't get scammed!
By Jean-Paul Tertocha - firstname.lastname@example.org
For as long as humankind has been around there has always been some jerk that did not want to make an
honest living. So this social malcontent earns a living by ripping people off using a scam. So it looks
as though we are going to have to learn how to deal with it.
Musicians are no more prone to a scam than any other individual. However, caution should be the main
concern of a person beginning a musical oddessy that they hope will end up with the almighty recording deal.
Let us take a look at some of the scams that a musician should look out for.
Watch out for contests. The kind that occur at a temporary location, like a place that
rents out space for special occasions. Contestants are charged a fee as well as those attend the contest.
The "prize" is usually studio time. Just enough to wet the appetite of a musician dying to record. Then a
"big producer" comes up, and talks sugar plums about you and your music. He can hook you up with a great
studio and great songs, but somewhere else. Turns out, all the studio time and what is associated with
it is costing you! And what you end up with is a pretty nice group of recordings ready for market with a
big bill, no money left, and no way to promote your pretty batch of tunes.
There is no such thing as an overnight success. Even with that in mind, there are those musicians
that still believe it is possible. If you are one of them, you got a sign hanging on you that says,
"Ripe for the Picking". With a few choice words and some ego stroking, you may kiss you hard earned money
good-bye. This type of scam is especially bad in industry cities like NY, LA, and Nashville. It is not
limited to those locations however.
The Friend in the Business Scam. While out presenting your material, and collecting a lot of no thanks, you run into this character,
usually dressed in a suit, who has this friend in the "business". This friend just happens to be looking
for an act like yours. He can't believe you haven't gotten any takers. Just by chance, the scammer calls
his buddy and lo and behold he's got time to hear you play a couple of tunes. Wow, you finally hit paydirt.
You think. Well, the scammer runs you down to the studio, introduces you to the "owner", or "manager", and
then runs off to find another sucker. Meanwhile the musician's fat head swells even more. All caution and
reason thrown to the wind. What happens is that you make a "demo" CD with a few hundred copies. This
costs you all your dough. So like in the above scenario, you have a some music, but no money left or a
way to promote that CD you just made.
How about the, "Set your lyrics to Music" companies. Do they work? Can they help you get
a recording deal by assisting in writing a hit song? Get real! Ain't gonna happen. This is just another scam
designed to take money from a person wanting to aspire in the music business in a fast and simple way.
Just happens on TV and in the movies folks, not in real life.
It isn't all doom and gloom out there. The "music business" is not a sea of full of sharks. But there
are some there and you must beware of there existence. The key is to use common sense and established routines
in getting into "the business".
A great way to avoid major pitfalls is to associate youself with a groups of musicians such as at EvOR.
An organization such as this is comprised of seasoned to unseasoned musicians that ALL have had experiences
they are willing to share. And these people genuinely do not want to see you get scammed. And remember, if
it's too good to be true, it is!
Helping Free Agent Musicians so they won't get scammed!