The internet makes it easier for the average music-making Joe (or Josephine) to connect with the outside world and get their creations out there. But making money with your tunes is still a tricky proposition, as the net has also expanded the field of shady sharks circling the waters of the music biz, looking for a scam or two.
For example, can the newly launched Song Submit really be all it’s cracked up to be? The site claims to hook songwriters and producers up with TV bigwigs looking for pieces of music for shows – and not those itty-bitty shows and labels run out of your neighbor’s living room, either. We’re talking “Beats” for a new David Hasselhoff reality show! “Full songs” for a new Britney Spears album!
Sounds legitimate, right? Sure! They sent out a press release and everything, detailing the above opportunities and others (“R&B songs for Kelly Rowland”; “R&B beats for Island Def Jam”)! And there are also audio clips of “success stories” from songwriters who supposedly scored big paydays through the shows that enlisted their tunes!
But before you get too excited, a look at their not-exactly-snazzy web design should tell you something about what’s going on here. So should the fact that you have to pay to submit the songs, that they sell “Music Contracts”, and the fact that their parent site’s tag-line is “Modern Toolz 4 Hip Hop Production.”
In other words, stay the hell away from sites like Song Submit.
Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based writer, who regularly contributes to All Music Guide, RollingStone.com, and Classic Rock Magazine. He is also the author several books, including Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music. To see what he’s currently up to, scoot on over to www.myspace.com/gregpratopage