The FuMP Artist Blog - Project Sisyphus http://www.thefump.com/blog.php?id=24 Blogs from the artists of The Funny Music Project! Mon, 27 Apr 2009 01:00:00 -0500 en-us Copyright 2017 FIDIM Interactive, LLC support@fidim.com 60 Songwriters, let me rip you off! http://www.thefump.com/blog_entry.php?id=24&blog=390 <p>So I get this flyer from a client: she's signed up with an outfit called "Music City Music Records" in Nashville. (Note: not the same "Music City Records" of Ray Charles fame. This one has an extra "Music" in the name.)</p> <p>Marketing director Carl Miller asks why she hasn't sent her material earlier. "We help some 95 amateur "songpoem" authors a year," he claims, "that we truly believe have a God-given talent. We'll offer you the same thing, when you send your songpoems with protection fee's (sic)." </p><p> "It seems to me," Carl continues, "you could at least send the PROTECTION FILING APPLICATION with only $3.75 per song...to get your songs started on the way to becoming HIT SONGS. We GUARANTEE everything we tell you (that's a big nothing so far, Carl)...we are a Christian company."</p><p> Wow, Carl, this sounds too good to be true! I've just got a few questions. I'm not up on all your music industry jargon. First, what's a "songpoem?" And why do I need this "protection?" Is it like sunscreen? 'Cause I noticed a pretty unsightly blemish on my butt the other day. Oh, and you said this includes a free membership in the "Songwriters Club of America?" Awesome! Except according to Google, this club doesn't exist. Must be REALLY private and exclusive, eh?</p><p> OK FUMP friends: do I round-file this, or send him $3.75 for the entertainment value? Your call. Mon, 27 Apr 2009 01:00:00 -0500