It’s extremely difficult to make it in the music industry. There are numerous talented musicians out there who are all trying to make a name for themselves.
That’s not to say that you can’t succeed, but you may need some help along the way. Something that’s been on your mind is enlisting the help of an agent. Through their contacts and industry knowledge, they could help you take that next step. But what if a music agent is not exactly who they claim to be? Outlined below are a few red flags:
A lack of passion for your art
The music industry is a business, but it is driven by passion and inspiration. Your prospective music agent hears about you through somebody else, but it seems like they don’t really know, or care what you are all about. You ask them if they have a favorite track or album, and they draw a blank. Do you really want to get involved with someone who doesn’t share your passion for your work?
Their contacts are dubious
You’ve been around for a while and you know several individuals and groups in the industry. Your prospective agent claims to have some big artists signed up with them as well as contacts with record labels. But, when you ask different acquaintances, nobody has ever heard of them? Could they be trying to pull the wool over your eyes?
A lack of legal protection
The prospective agent is also keen to sign a deal in a hurry. They tell you that the formalities will all be sorted further down the line, and there’s no need to worry about contracts, etc. Even if you trust an individual, it is unwise to enter any arrangement without legal protection. Someone who encourages you to do otherwise may not be the best fit for you.
Your music and art are worth protecting. Having legal guidance behind you as you negotiate new deals will help ensure that your best interests are looked after.