The7thSon, on 29 September 2010 - 01:06 AM, said:
Sammie-joe, on 14 September 2010 - 06:01 PM, said:
boy am i glad i came on here. i sent paramount some of my song too. and they've replied saying they like two of them. and they're offering me a contract.
it came through the door this morning and immeditely my cynical side took over. i was going to visit someone who could introduce me to a songwriter lawyer in the morning but i thought i'd check out what others have to say. and i'm glad i did.
thanks for you info guys.
write on :-)
I did so as well, but I declined the offer. I only used a company like this once before, because I had the music arranged but my equipment is not exactly professional sounding. I just wanted to get a polished sound of what I had created (words and music), so all rights are still mine. Since then, I've decided to work towards looking for the best musician and voice(s) on my own to work with me, and with further networking, we'll take things to the next level - together.
I just want to know and believe for myself that anyone who has a part in my musical creations, believe in them as I do. You just can't (and won't) get that from those "music mills".
The wisest thing to do is get the legal advice first, which is what I'm doing - so I think you(we) are on the right track.
Yes! Get legal advice if you don't trust the good advice that's already been offered here. Better to spend the money on representation who will undoubtedly shoot so many holes into the workings of Paramount Group their contract will resemble Bonnie and Clyde Barrow's car after their famous last stand againt the law! You'll spend money to learn the lesson but, at least you will gain a better understanding of how things work in this game.
Hey, maybe some of you would like to work under the assumption that "Oh Paramount Group are a bunch of really nice guys, and hey, I'm just a hobbyist so"...Do what you do, by all means, dream on 'till your dreams come true but, then, don't come back whinning because, you didn't recieve what you thought you'd recieve... "they didn't do anything for me." I've seen and heard this same story more than ten times in my life so for what it's worth, my advice is to stay away from these guys. But, don't believe me, pay an entertainment attorney to tell you the same thing I'll tell you for free...Stay away, this is a scam. If you choose to work with this company because, they seem like great guys...Yes, there may be a very good reason why you consider yourself a hobbyist-BECAUSE YOU'RE RIGHT! Still, because someone is a hobbyist doesn't make them fodder to rip off.
I'm certain everyone who's ever written a song has dreamt about having a publishing contract where they just sit and write music all day long. Nice dream however, that's all it is. This is a business, treat it as one, use your intelligence. If it sounds yoo good to be true, it is. If it is your goal to have that pie in the sky publishing agreement why not start by learning how this game works before you start setting up the game board, and pieces? Companies such as Paramount are built upon the pie in the sky dreams of dreamers, and their money.
I am not here to put anyone down for writing music as a hobby. If that's what it is to you, beautiful but, then don't expect fairytales to come true just because, someone you've spoken to someone at a company "seems to be a nice guy" because, that logic is useless. Learn a bit about how the publishing side of this busioness works if you're going to attempt to play the game. Be realistic. Just because, you are a hobbyist doesn't mean this gives people the right to rip you off. But hey, if you insist on throwing your money into the wind, it's like my father used to tell me as a child...
"If there is a nut standing on the corner giving away money, get in line twice"
It seems someone at Paramount Group knew my dad because, that's exactly what they are doing..."Oh we like song#2 and song#4" How predictable! Now they've fed the ego, the dream, and now they go in after the money. It's much like those poetry sites you send a poem to, and all of the sudden you start recieving a load of crap in the mail about your poem, and how amazing it is, and how for $250 you can be in some book that'll be sent out to liberaries across the nation! HAHA Anyone wanna buy a nice bridge in Brooklyn? C'mon, wake up, smell the coffee, give that dream time to fade away before you start the day off making huge mistakes. Maybe another cup of coffee? No doubt, this is not what it seems to be so, for what it's worth, it's a scam. Believe otherwise if you'd like to. Send me an email when the money from your hit song starts rolling in. Buy a good book on how the publishing business works and read it four or five times. This would be a much better investment of you money. Hobby or not, you have to know the rules before you play the game.
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