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Watch Out For Vultures!

I hate to say it but it is true – musicians tend to be very driven and passionate. There are some people set out to use this for financial gain. ⁠

Here are some red flags to be aware of that we have come across over the years:⁠ ⁠

  • Gig promoters who want to book you for a gig, but ask you to buy a load of tickets in advance to sell yourself – The musicians shouldn’t be paying to do the promoters job (selling tickets) and if your playing somewhere where you don’t have a following you can easily end up out of pocket.⁠
  • Fake sales/buyers on Ebay/Facebook/Gumtree – Be careful about who you buy from online, we hear of countless episodes where an instrument is posted and no money is received / an instrument arrives and is clearly a fake / money is sent and no instrument arrives. Make sure you use payment methods that cover you for these situations.⁠ ⁠
  • Studios/Agencies who flatter you and promise to give you publicity/management/revenue but only after you pay for an expensive recording package/photoshoot – be wary of parting with your cash, unless you are certain that the contacts have your best interest at heart.⁠ ⁠

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