Independent artist usually find themselves trusting in people to guide their music career who lack experience and expertise in the music industry. Because they lack a large budget or substantial revenue stream, independent artist do not have the pleasure to hire or bring on a manager who knows what he or she is doing. Often times, this leads to family members and friends stepping up to the plate to help and assist a budding music career.
Sometimes an independent artist is contacted by someone who explains that they can forward their music career. By dropping a couple of names and a giving a recitation of their resume, an outsider may find their way into the inner circle of an independent artist. At this point the independent artist should do some research to find out if this person is legit and to find out if he is a licensed talent agent.
In California, it is illegal to perform duties as a talent agent without being licensed. California law attempts to provide protection to artists by regulating the entertainment industry. Thus a potential manager should be licensed and in good standing. Furthermore, independent artist may have legal recourse against an unlicensed manager who may have burned them.
Not only must an independent artist protect their interest in their music they also must ensure that their team is legit. Find out more ways to protect your music career by browsing the VP Artist Consulting website at www.vpartistconsulting.com.