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Tuesday, February 24, 2009 

What Would You Do...?

by Annette Warner

Hypothetical point to ponder

What would you do... if a music contract offered you $600,000 to record and promote your first national release, and in the fine print told you that you lose 50% of the writing percentage going to someone that doesn’t even know all the lyrics - for life. Would you take that money and use it to get further down the road with the basic attitude of, "There's more songs where that one came from" or would you negotiate yourself to musical death, ending up with nothing but a ride back to your hometown open mic scene?

Do we put too much worth in what others think?

Is it true that if we just learn the business better, our egos would magically become less penetratable?

Isn’t it a fact that what other people think is what matters the most in this industry? From your hometown fan to the biggest executive on music row. In this instance isn't it those people that matter most?

Send me your thoughts to annette@gogirlsmusic.com and I'll post the top ten most engaging ones in our April issue along with your website link.

In addition to being the Founder, and Editor of CoffeeHouseTour.com, Annette Warner is a freelance sales Copywriter and Web Resource Developer with her own business; Awesome Webs. She also enjoys duties as a part time event planner and booking and music entertainment manager for several local festivals. She holds the position of Editor with the oldest and largest online community for Women in Music, GoGirlsMusic.com and is the SC and NC Chapter Coordinator for the organization. She organizes and promotes the Wilmington, NC based and successful AWEsome 'Live Performance' Songwriting Competition now in it's 11th year. She is the owner of A. Warner Entertainment, a Live Entertainment Publicity Planning Agency. In short..."Some serious A'netteworking since 1995." Annette resides in Wilmington, NC with her tiny Chihuahuas, Kirby and Sofe. You can reach Annette at Awarner at coffeehousetour dot com.

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A contract of that size would have other considerations - positive and negative - that could make that 50% songwriter's take loss worth it or just plain not.

I'd run it all by my attorney. It's not a simple issue.

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