Let SongTown Immunize You Against Songwriting Scams

One of the reasons Clay and I started SongTown was to help people learn how the songwriting business works and immunize themselves from being ripped off. So, I want to give you some advice that can help save you hundreds and maybe even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

If you heed this advice, you can make sure that you don’t get ripped off in the music business by people who are just waiting to prey on eager songwriters like you.

The key to your wallet are the words “Your songs are AWESOME!”

If you have been struggling to get something going with your music and all of the sudden, someone says “Your songs are AWESOME!”, beware. Legit people in the business almost never use that kind of praise. They have seen it all. They might say “You write really well.”, but they don’t act like you are the best thing since sliced bread. All of us songwriters are passionate about what we do and that makes us vulnerable to “over-the-top” praise.

The very thing that makes you a good songwriter makes you vulnerable to being taken advantage of. You are passionate and desperately want people to love your music. That gives the wolves enough blood to dive right in. Learn to separate your business side from your creative side. The business side of your brain has a better “scam meter”.

Education is the key to immunization.

If you know how much a demo should cost ($450-850 is the current standard), then you can avoid falling for someone offering you a $2500 special. The most I have ever paid is $1000, if that puts things in perspective. We have TONS of resources to help you learn how the business works and how to tell if something is legit or not.

Ask questions.

It breaks our hearts to hear people bemoan falling for a scam and they say “I just didn’t know.” In SongTown, you have professional mentors who have been successful in the business for many years. And you can ask us ANY question. There is no reason to fall for something that seems shady when you have pros who are ready and willing to help you avoid scams.

In SongTown, you have every resource you need to help you navigate the shark infested waters of the music business. Take advantage of them and immunize yourself against the scam artists.

Write On! ~Marty

Marty Dodson - pro songwriter/instructor - SongTown

Marty Dodson

Author/Pro Songwriter/Scam Buster

8 thoughts on “Let SongTown Immunize You Against Songwriting Scams

  1. Any and all advice greatly appreciated ! I’ve been careful not to post amateur videos on you tube that can come back to haunt me and well it’s also giving my music away for free .
    Buy my CD at my shows ! Or a vinyl copy !
    Just started playing gigs again after being laid up for all of 2018 with health issues but in 2017 I was on tv and radio the crazy train had started rolling only to come to a screeching halt when I ended up near death and had to fight for my life and for function . I’m picking up the pieces now and relaunching my music career.

  2. This appears to be a great resource for singer song writers like myself. I’m launching my. New career ! Navy SEAL turned performer after recovering from being shot and blown up in Afghanistan in 2005. I want to. DO things right and. Avoid miistakess

  3. I am so grateful for all the advice, I receive from this site. It really gives you insight to the pros and cons of writing. Producing and publishing songs. I only write lyrics and work with a local musician who helps me with the music. Is there a way to have someone go over my lyrics to offer suggestions and directions to improve my songs?

  4. To late I’m out at least $400k over 40 years …….. But I hear their passing a law you can’t be taxed when you drop over dead …….. I told them awesome

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