If you were applying for a job with a certain company of corporation, wouldn’t you take some time to ask questions about their stability as a business, their reputation in the industry, and the executive’s background and experience?
The same is true when shopping for a record or publishing deal.
Some musicians get too excited when a certain label or publisher approaches them with a contract offer.
Being approached for a deal is a compliment and is a recognition that a musician’s music is appealing.
But, to rush ahead without taking the time to learn a few things about those companies is foolish indeed.
Ask some questions:
How have they done with your particular genre of music?
What specific kinds of deals are available?
Who runs the label or publishing company?
What is their reputation in the music business?
What are their ideas for promoting your music?
How do you like them as people?
These and other questions can be crucial in making an unemotional decision about an arrangement that could make or break your career.
Original Post by Chris Knab