When you’re in the music business a lot of people will come up to you and promise you the world. If your band is good enough they may see dollar signs as soon as they look at you and think to themselves, “How can I make money off of this band?” As a musician who is working towards a career promises of fame and fortune sound great, but you can always believe everything you hear. You have to take it from the source. Here is a few tips on avoiding those music industry scammers.
Make sure you know who you are talking to.. How did you met this person? Did you just get a random e-mail after a show? Is it someone you that was at one of your gigs? They may sound great if they are dropping big names of people they were “involved with”, but that doesn’t mean that they are your key to making it. Anyone can say anything to you. It’s your choice to believe them or not.
If you feel like the person you are talking to seems legit, ask for references. Get the names of other acts they are working with or have worked with and see what they say about this person. If you get good feedback, this person is worth having stick around. If you get information that this person is shady or says things and can’t pull it off, you might want to reconsider.
Once you have established that this person has credit and good references, make sure that you get everything in writing and sign a contract to protect yourself and to also know what you’re getting into. Remember, if they don’t hold up their end of the deal, you can always break the contract.
If and when money becomes involved, make sure that you have a paper trail. Never pay anything in cash to this person. You want to be able to show exactly what you are putting out and if they are putting anything out for you. Keep documents of everything that you do.