I wrote this article about “pay-to-play” for Grassrootsy …
I will pay you to listen to my music.
No, I won’t.
A company called iStandard invited me to their “producer showcase” where Pittsburgh music producers competed under a panel of judges to eventually have the chance to get their music heard by major artists and producers like Jay-Z, Diddy, and Kanye. It also gave Pittsburgh producers a chance to get to know each other.
So, I looked over the rules on their website. If I wanted to be in the competition, then I’d have to pay an entry fee.
I’d have to pay a fee for a panel of judges to tell me if I’m good or not?
Dear fellow songwriters and producers,
You have spent years of your life and hard-earned money learning how to make quality music. Of course it takes talent, but it also requires expensive equipment and years of voice, ear, instrument, and software training.
Apply the scenario above to an automobile mechanic. Next time a mechanic works on your car, ask him to pay you. Then, if he does a good job, tell him that you *might* hire him in the future. I doubt your mechanic would agree to such conditions.
Do you know why?
Because he’s spent years learning the trade. He owns expensive tools and specialized equipment for fixing vehicles. How is that any different from songwriters and music producers?
That is all.